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A monthly open mic platform to jam, perform and click, every first Thursday of the month.

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Since 2013 Poetry Jam has opened its doors every first Thursday of the month, and has grown in love, attendance and adoration ever since. It's a monthly open mic platform to jam, perform and click with a community of creatives.

Free entry. Starting promptly at 7pm to fit as many performers in as possible (advised to come early to get the best seats).

Want an open mic slot? Arrive 15 minutes before the night kicks off to sign up to the open mic list.

We welcome everyone and embrace key principals of individuality, love, innovation and creativity! The night is a beautiful combination of first time & just-starting-out poets to established & confident poets. It's a non-genre specific open mic night where pieces can go from love, to comedy to very personal topics - we don't audit or alter the artistic work so be prepared and be aware that sensitive topics and explicit words may be used. 


The vibe of Poetry Jam is a completely organic space where artists speak their truth on the mic. Themes go from hard hitting to in love real quick. Here's a selection of videos to give you a little taster of what you're in for.

The next Poetry Jam will be on Thursday 4th January. Let us know you're coming on our Facebook


Celebrate our fifth birthday with a Poetry Jam special hosted at Town Hall by THSH.

Poetry Jam V Birthday Special | Thursday 8th February | Birmingham Town Hall | 7 til Late

We're marking our fifth birthday with a bang. For one night only, we're partnering with Birmingham Town Hall to showcase how far we've all come, from the 4,000 young people that have taken to the open mic at Poetry Jam, to the creative leaders of tomorrow that have touched base at different points in the Beatfreeks movement to the entire community that are doing big things for themselves and the city.

You can expect open mic performances, mini-rave music interludes from our resident DJ, Chakraman and an afterparty to bring the celebration late into the night. In addition Town Hall will be transformed into a unique, never before seen layout allowing equally for consumption of poetry and ease of rave.

To commemorate the 5th Birthday you'll also be able to buy a new Anthology featuring the works from young people who have performed at previous Poetry Jams as well as a limited edition t-shirt.

This is a night for all of us. Celebrating the people behind the journey, the movement, the legacy of Poetry Jam.

Open mic sign-up available: 6:00pm (meet in the foyer of Town Hall)

Doors open: 6:30pm

7pm - late

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To mark our fifth birthday we're launching an anthology full of the incredible and talented poets that have attended Poetry Jam. We are working with an upcoming Birmingham-based publishing house to be released in February 2018.

Now it's your turn, just like Poetry Jam, we're making the submissions an open call out, but there won't be room for every poem so we have two rules:

1. You have to have performed at least once at Poetry Jam
2. You have up to 40 lines

Alongside being published in the Poetry Jam anthology, you will receive two* editing workshops to make sure your piece is as best as it can be.

Submissions are free, you will need to submit your poetry by December 15th. *Subject to change depending on availability of editors.