Bright Smoke

A new poetry night with a difference at The Other Place.

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Third Friday of the month, 7.30pm
Susie's Cafe Bar, The Other Place
Free, no booking required.

Performances will take place in Susie’s Cafe Bar, located on the ground floor foyer of The Other Place (please note the start time will be 9.45pm during our festival seasons as listed below). Food is served until 9pm.

Bright Smoke is a poetry night with a difference, an irreverent look at what matters the most; a happy paradox. This live and unpredictable event brings together writing and performance, the topical and the transcendent, the entertaining and the cathartic.

Join some of the country’s top poets and performers as they explore a different theme each month, inspired by our productions, and share your own work on the open mic alongside them. 

  • Friday 21 July 2017, 7.30pm (the line-up is detailed below)
  • Friday 18 August 2017, 7.30pm
  • Friday 15 September 2017, 9.45pm
  • Friday 20 October 2017, 7.30pm

Bright Smoke is brought to you in collaboration with Apples & Snakes.

Open mic slots will be allocated on the night, and can be signed up for on the door.


Line up for 21 July 2017

  • Rick Sanders

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    Rick Sanders, aka Willis the Poet, is an established comedy stand-up poet based out of the mighty West Midlands. As well as being a regular on the Birmingham poetry circuit, Willis also actively supports the flourishing spoken word event scene in the region, his sticky sausage-fingers in as many pies as he can. Rick has featured at events and festivals across the country.

    “Willis the Poet is without a doubt one of the funniest poets it has been my pleasure to hear perform. His easy yet intensely witty interaction with his audience makes every performance a time of laughter, hilarity and sheer out and out fun!” – Nick Lovell

  • Laurie Bolger

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    Recently shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London Laureate, Laurie Bolger is a poet and presenter with a style that is consistently down to earth and accessible. 

    Laurie Bolger was born in London W10 in 1989, and studied English and Irish Literature in Ireland, and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Laurie currently hosts BANG Said the Gun, London’s leading stand-up poetry night, and multi-award winning poetry radio show Round @ Laurie’s live from Camden’s iconic Roundhouse. 

    Laurie was recently appointed lead facilitator for BBC 1Xtra’s Words First London. Laurie has performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Old Vic Theatre and the 02 Arena, as well as being Poet in Residence in school libraries and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Her first collection Box Rooms will be on shelves later this year.