As always, I returned to Spoken Word at Cafe Del Nino’s this month. The spoken word event takes place monthly, and you can keep up to date with event details by looking on their Facebook page – Speaking out Midlands.
I was pleasantly surprised arriving at Nino’s to see a crowd and no seats! With the evening at Nino’s I have found, in comparison to other events, that these evenings are very intimate and genuine. So, to arrive struggling to find a place to sit and drink an unhealthy amount of coffee, was actually rather nice and intriguing.
After discussion with some of my friends who are also poets, we all agreed that Nino’s provided the perfect setting and audience to debut a new piece, or to test a new approach to your performance. I would also say, that it is the ideal evening for any new poets who want to share their work. The first time I read aloud was at Caffe Del Nino’s, and I can say from experience how welcoming and beautiful the familiar faces are there.
Things were ran and maintained a little differently this month, working on some feedback that the evening lost some momentum by the 9pm mark. I must say, all compliments to Charlotte Postings, event host and organiser, for wanting to work on this and achieving it to its entirety. The evening overall, was the perfect blend of exciting and genuine.
The evening began with a beautiful headline set from Emily Galvin. For the next year, I am shadowing Emily in our laureate positions, and her set reminded me how lucky I am to be doing so. Emily introduced us all to her new collection ‘Anna’ which is truly beautiful, and definitely worth grabbing yourself a copy.
I am also always grateful to hear Scarlett Ward read her poetry. I would hugely recommend looking at her Instagram (link above) as she creates the most wonderful visual poetry. Scarlett is also a graceful and inviting reader, who seems to take you away with her words in an instance.
Nino’s also implemented a mix of live music, with an acoustic performance of ‘Starships’ by Nicki Minaj which honestly painted smiles across the audience.
If you’re interested, keep updated with Speaking up Midlands on their Facebook page.