Bright Smoke

Join some of the country’s top poets and performers and present your own writing at our free monthly poetry night, Bright Smoke.

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Susie's Cafe Bar, The Other Place
Free, no booking required

Join some of the country’s top poets and performers for our free monthly poetry event. Bright Smoke is a poetry night with a difference. Live and entertaining, creative and raw with an opportunity to take to the stage and share your own work.

For 2018, we have commissioned five emerging young poets and young poet laureates from across the UK to respond to the theme of generational divide, echoed by our production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Erica Whyman and performed in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Performances will take place from 7.30pm in Susie’s Cafe Bar, located on the ground floor foyer of The Other Place (please note the start time will be 6.45pm for the event on 14 June due to our Festival Season).

Performers’ work is unedited, and may contain strong language and adult themes. Open mic slots will be allocated on the night and you can sign up on the door.

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

  • Thursday 10 May: Jamie Thrasivoulou and Annabel Peet
  • Thursday 14 June (6.45pm start): Travis Alabanza
  • Thursday 12 July: Harry Baker and Georgina Wilding
  • Thursday 13 September: Bridget Minamore and Shruti Chauhan
  • Thursday 8 November: Inua Ellams and Malakaï Sargeant


Line up for 10 May

  • Jamie Thrasivoulou

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    Headliner: Jamie Thrasivoulou

    Jamie Thrasivoulou is a performance poet/spoken word artist, and writer of fictional narratives. His work is highly politicised, raw and honest. He writes about class, discrimination, and alternative-lifestyle choices.

    His first collection The Best Of A Bad Situation was published by Silhouette Press. He also runs and hosts Derby’s premier spoken word and poetry event Word Wise.

    As well as writing, Jamie runs workshops for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels. He is the Writer-In-Residence at HMP Foston Hall, and Shadow Writer-In-Residence for Writing East Midlands.


    Jamie's website

  • Annabel Peet

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    Annabel developed a passion for reading and writing early in life, with her parents introducing her to poetry at a young age. More recently, Annabel entered the Simon Powell Poetry Competition, an extension of Poetry Live, and she was named one of the winners in May 2017. Part of the prize was a workshop led by poet Daljit Nagra, and the opportunity to read at a Poetry Live event.

    Annabel was shortlisted in this year's Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate competition, before being selected as the Young Poet Laureate in January. The competition included the opportunity to take part in a workshop led by Birmingham’s Poet Laureate, Roy McFarlane.

    Annabel helps to run her school’s Creative Writing Club, and organised a poetry open mic event at her school earlier this year. Her favourite three poets are Carol Ann Duffy, Wendy Cope, and Ezra Pound.