An audience of one. .. a dog

Friday night was my spoken word event at the Ort, a small bohemian cafe in Balsall Heath.  

It’s not just spoken word,  it’s dance, music, comedy. ..and everything else people wish to do.

Each month I take my dog, this month whist a comedian was on, she became very demanding of my attention which caused the audience much amusement and to pay full attention to her. ..not the comedian on stage. 

Comedians are heckled occasionally, not many by dogs. ..so he did what every comedian in this situation would do…replied to the heckler face on .

So he sat down and delivered his set to my dog!

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A one off

On year ago today I ran a spoken word and music event in the anthitheatre of Birmingham City Centre Library. 

It was a lovely warm day and the anthitheatre was brilliant.  The sounds projected up into the roads above.  

All the audience loved the event and it was a thrill for the performers to have such great natural acoustics. 

“Why won’t it happen again?” I hear you ask? 

Because they have buried the amphitheatre in cement and soil to save on costs! 

Wow, such Talent 

Well, it was my spoken word and music event at the quirky little bohemian cafe in Balsall Heath last night and it was a night bursting with talent. 

It’s not just spoken word and music  (maybe I should rename it) there are comedians , a magician and often more. 

I remember way back when variety programmes began to receive high ratings , programmes like, “The good old days.” Yes, I am that old!  We still love variety acts today, I believe ,”Britain’s got talent” is still on . 

What lots of people may not know is there are many venues in Birmingham where talent is overflowing, last night was just one of them

Welcome to My Family 


My youngest son has a steady girlfriend, last night she was at my eldest daughters spoken word charity event and art exhibition she organised. 

 At the weekend she was watching my partner perform in his band at a gig. 

Tomorrow night she will be attending another one of the spoken word and music events I run (she was at one last week )

 I am sure my youngest daughter has shown her the poems she has written and art she has drawn 

And as for her partner /my son he is part of a drama company called” endeavour ” that have done amazing plays. ..Although he hasn’t done anything recently but hopefully will start again soon.

I  am not sure where all this creativity has come from…I really haven’t a clue. But welcome to my family Naomi 

Left Brain 

I have always believed that I am a left brainer i think in a mainly logical way and I am incredibly poor at art.

This weekend. ..on 


top of work I ran two spoken word events,  took part (movement ) in  two public performances pieces and had two rehearsals for a panto I wrote and is being performed next week….Maybe is need to question being a left brainer! 

18-80

I have just hosted my monthly  Spoken word and music event @the Lych Gate Tavern in Wolverhampton and once more it was bursting with local talent. From a young and brilliant singer song writers on the guitar with his friend on the cajon…they must of both been around 18 in age. ..to a lovely elderly experienced poet reciting his own gentle poetry reflecting on the effects of aging.

David Freja 

A few years ago, a quiet man wandered into my spoken word event with a guitar on his back and asked me for a slot.  It was a very busy event and I was too full to let him perform.  But I told him to come back the following month. 

He did and I gave him a slot,  he performed some Nick Drake songs and after he chatted about his own songs he was working on.

Last night he launched his debut album at the Ort, and it was a wonderful event. I am totally blessed to play a tiny part in artists lifes prior to them flourishing then releasing albums, poetry books and shows 

Controversial Acts

My spoken word events have been running for years now, I have wonderful local talents perform. I try to put on events where everyone is encouraged to perform without judgement.   Ocassionally this includes controversial Acts , last night was one of those. 

A brilliant comic performer who spoke about religion and transgender topics, add to that a very drunk member of the audience and a transgender performer. . Let’s just say it was a very eventful 15 minutes …