Balsall Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands B12, UK

The Book Club - Womanly Words #spokenword

I heard about this event from my lovely friend Amrita who I spoke about back in "Too Pretty To Be Sad". A gathering of people getting together to share spoken word with some guest performers and an open mic. The theme of Book Club changes but this week was spoken word and womanly words.
When I heard it would be at Ort Cafe I was sold. It is a cute, boho cafe not far from my work in Balsall heath but I have a post coming up all  about Ort so keep your eyes open for that as it is such a great place to visit filled with a wealth of activities.

Kicking off with an open mic from both males and females we had some interesting reads. The open mic had varied talent throughout the night including Amrita who shared poems of womanhood. This is a great platform for performers and so welcoming for those who are new and want to find their feet as the crowd is so welcoming and encouraging.

As I sipped my yummy chai tea the first guest performer graced the stage. Nafeesa Hamid a passionate young talented spoken word artist. Not only does she perform but also runs her own event in Derby called Twisted Tongues so go show some support for the event. Have a listen to this piece which pulled at my emotions.

I only wish I could find some of the work of the next open mic performer. She was a divine diva with tongue in cheek comedy that made sure everyone knew how fabulous she was. I believe her name was Spineralla. If I see her again I will be sure to find out her you tube or even film her myself! You need to see her she will make you laugh and put a big fabulous smile on your face darlings.

Jasmine Gardosi was next up with tales of a chocolate loving factory worker and Girl fights. A friendly young lady who was super talented with well spun out imaginative spoken word. The last feature artist was introduced as having uncomfortable poetry U needza barber. I didn't find his work uncomfortable just passionate, eloquent and showered with admiration for the female form.

Amrita jumped in on the open mic and performed a piece about female shame and beauty. Check out Amrita in my other post. overall it was an awesome night and if you are in Birmingham make sure you check out the next one. Brought together by Shaki Women in the Community and The Blogatory.


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