Grizzly Pear: Impressions @ Bristol Pear, Birmingham [12 October]

Grizzly Pear: Impressions

19:00 - 22:00

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Bristol Pear
676 Bristol Road, B29 6BJ Birmingham, United Kingdom
Grizzly Pear is a spoken word night hosted by Writers' Bloc and we’re back for our first night of the year!

We'll be featuring Toby Campion, Tyrone Lewis, and Jake Wild Hall, and open mic slots are available (see below for details).

The theme this time is «Impressions», however this is only for you to use if you need some inspiration. You do not have to read anything specific to the theme if you already have something else.

£3 entry!
However, if you bring someone who didn’t come to the last Grizzly event, you can both get in for £5! You read that right! Two people for a meagre £5!

Doors open at 7pm and the event begins at 7:30pm.
We will be in the function room, upstairs in the Bristol Pear. (Feel free to ask at the bar if you can't find it).

We’ve undergone a few format changes since last time, which are as follows:

While we still have two featured slots, one of these will now be a featured duo. No other event, locally or otherwise, does this on a regular basis so we’re super excited about it.

We will also now be hosting a Haiku Slam! This will open the second half of the evening and will allow 8 individuals to compete in a head-to-head, single-elimination slam judged by some of our Writers’ Bloc committee. Who goes first in each heat will be decided by a good old-fashioned coin flip. Please be advised that everyone who enters must prepare THREE haiku, because the finalists will have to compete in three heats altogether. Judges will definitely be taking syllables into account so make sure it’s 5/7/5. The winner of the slam will win a prize!

If you would like to sign up to compete, kindly post on this event page or message Sean Colletti on Facebook or via email at [email protected] Those of you who compete in the Haiku Slam will still be allowed to sign up for an open mic slot!

Open mic slots are available in advance by contacting Sean Colletti directly and limited slots will be available on the door.

All open mic slots are 5 minutes long, maximum. This time limit will be strictly enforced.

Both poetry and short prose pieces are highly encouraged.

If you do not make it onto the open mic list, you will be placed on the waiting list and, if there's time, you may still be able to perform!

Our headliners:

UK Poetry Slam Champion and World Poetry Slam finalist, Toby Campion has performed his poetry across the world, from the Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury festival, Washington DC’s poetry cafes to festivals across Europe. Described by BBC Sunday Politics as «the voice of a generation», Toby’s poetry and plays have won various awards and his debut collection, Through your blood, will be published with Burning Eye Books in October 2017.


A former Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion and the first ever Roundhouse Poet, Tyrone Lewis has been around the country working with poetry in a variety of ways, including performing, teaching, peer mentoring and filming. He’s one of the hosts of Boomerang London, a team that runs an open mic night running the first Tuesday of every month in West London. Away from performing, Tyrone has started his own one-man production company, Process Productions. In 2015, through Process Productions, Tyrone created the documentary called ‘New Shit!’, following the London poetry scene’s wide variety of open mic nights and the poets that take part in them. He’s just finished his next project, ‘Scores, Please?’, a documentary series around the world of poetry slams.


Jake Wild Hall is the 2016 Spirit of the PBH Free Fringe and a multiple slam champion. He’s the host of Boomerang Club, one of London’s warmest and most well-loved poetry nights, which enjoyed a popular full run at Edinburgh. He’s performed at the Royal Albert Hall and opened for Daley and Afrikan Boy at the Lyric. Jake is a vegan chef who loves the combination of peanut butter and hot sauce. His first collection Solomon's World was put out this year by BadBetty press.
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