Middleton -

Entry: £2 donation

Open Mic Event

Contact: miladysa@hotmail.com

Hosted by Shirley-Anne Kennedy and Eileen Earnshaw.

A warm welcome for poets and writers old and new.
Share your poem(s) or a short story, introduce us to one of your favourite poems, sing a song or play a tune.

Come along and join us in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

www.ringobellsmiddleton.co.uk

Time: 7:00pm

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Ring O' Bells

Saint. Leonards Square , Middleton, M24 6DJ , GB

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Reviews for Write Out Loud - Middleton

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ken eaton-dykes

Mon 23rd May 2016 11:08

Considering the small attendance at the Ring 'O' Bells the evening turned out to be surprisingly interesting and lasting longer in time than it does with a larger gathering.

Consisting of two poems apiece plus conversational intervals where we exchanged each our method of approach in poetry construction, the evening flew by, with contributions from Tony, Jaquie, myself, and our effervescent host the bubbly talented Eileen Earnshaw. Sadly co-host Shirley-Anne has had to bow out through weight of commitment. See you all in June.
KED.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 22 May 2016 (event)

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Shirley-Anne Kennedy

Wed 25th Nov 2015 16:20

What an absolute corker Sunday night's Write Out Loud Middleton was! Joe Kozarzewski entertained us with his poetry. He thrilled us with tales of his anarchist past (& present! lol) His poetry told tales of him plastering poems throughout Rochdale subways, gluing turnstiles of public toilets and putting town planners and other bureaucrats in their place.

Joe can make us laugh with his aliens from outerspace, fume with him during his political rants (he is not known as the Rochdale Ranter for nothing) but when it comes to poetry of History, Exile and Love his words tug at the hardest of hearts. With such lines as "once we were dirty foreigners" whilst speaking of his family's arrival in Lancashire during WWII to "Bless this peace" from a beautiful tribute to his mother who fought in the Warsaw Uprising and "I am the torn wallpaper behind the guilty shelf" when speaking of his own romantic dalliances he took us on an amazing journey. Writing about a square in Krachow and reminiscing about the events and communities it has seen over the centuries he told us, "me an my Capuchino have time and can afford to dream." There was not a dry eye in the house.

Bravo Joe you were superb and I look forward (as always) to hearing more.

We enjoyed a strong open-mic with Eileen Earnshaw reading poetry from Ben Wilkinson's 'For Real', Jacqueline Phillips with a touching tribute to the Paris tragedy, Ken Eaton Dyes had us in stitches with his tales of cabbage and peas, David Ryder broke hearts with his touching poem 'How Long Can You Stay Dad' and Marion Tonge thrilled with her stories of apes and cigarettes. There were other gems too, YOU should have been there :)

That is all from Write Out Loud Middleton until 2016 when we return on Sunday, 24 January with local poet David S Ryder. Don't miss it!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 22 Nov 2015 (event)

pete kennedy

Sun 31st May 2015 12:40

Sunday the 24th of May saw an appreciative audience lap up the works of Brummy Steve Pottinger. I've seen many guest poets performing over the years, all good in their individual respect, but to me "Pottinger is the person" And I'm sure after Sunday's performance, will have (besides me) influenced the rearrangement of favourites lists, in the minds of those lucky enough to be in attendance.

Haven't got the vocabulary for the superlatives he deserves. So I'll just say. If he's in town "get on down"

Ken Eaton-Dykes.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 24 May 2015 (event)

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joe kozarzewski

Sat 15th Nov 2014 15:29

Did this one actually happen or was it postponed, as the rumours have it?

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 Oct 2014 (event)

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Shirley-Anne Kennedy

Tue 29th Jul 2014 09:33

Thanks Julian :)

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 Jul 2014 (event)

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Julian (Admin)

Sun 29th Jun 2014 21:18

What a cracking review Shirley-Ann.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 22 Jun 2014 (event)

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Shirley-Anne Kennedy

Mon 23rd Jun 2014 00:29

Just returned from another excellent night of poetry and verse at the Ring of Bells, Middleton where the wonderful and extremely talented Eileen Earnshaw was the guest poet this month.

Eileen’s poetry has an almost magical quality and she crafted a passionate poetic journey for us. Destinations included love and food on the beach in Spain through to duvet days and dialect tales. A short poem about co-operation and lavender was poetic balm.

Eileen writes the kind of poetry I want to listen to, as well as read, over and over again.

Joe Kozarzewski entertained with a poem lamenting the community engagement failings of a local housing provider, a rendition of Jerusalem and a limerick about alien visitations. He was also the only poet who took advantage of our spanking new microphone.

John Leach extolled the virtues of water and our beloved planet whilst Marion Tonge told a rip-roaring tale of lost love, regrets and new beginnings.

The Cheeky Monkey’s sang Three Ravens followed by Julian Jordan who delivered two reflective and deeply emotional poems on the subjects of loss and love.

The effervescent Kenneth Eaton-Dykes had us in stitches with his comedic and cleverly observed poetry. I doubt anyone else has ever woven a tale involving a biblical excursion into the desert, a handful of miracles and the DHSS! Ken also entertained us with a poem about Friday night excesses, babies and the joy of parenting.

Norman Warwick expertly held the evening together with finely-honed compering skills interspersed with his own beautiful, melodic poetry.

Once again we came away thoroughly entertained and eager for more.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 22 Jun 2014 (event)

Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

Wed 4th Jun 2014 12:32

Mays gathering was enriched by the presence of guest poet Ian whitely who performed excellently,straight from the head, a selection of his first class work with just the occasional prompting glance at the lectern,(wish I could do that)

In support Marion read a couple on behalf of a favourite poet of hers, While Eileen as usual gave us a demonstration of how to write and execute good presentation.

Thankyou to Joy, Chris, Jefferama, John,
and everyone who contributed to a successful evening

Special mention in appreciation of the delightful performance given by a young
lady duo of what sounded to me a medieval folk
song. Watched by an equally talented, proud Mum.

Thanks to Norman our compere for filling the short interludes with a mixture of poetry and amusing banter.

See you all on the 22nd June.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 22 Jun 2014 (event)

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Pete Slater

Wed 26th Mar 2014 21:48

I would like to echo Ken's comments. I was fortunate to be at the Ringers on what began as an evening looking like there would be few attendees which grew into an evening of stunning poetry, stunningly presented with great warmth and humour by every poet lucky enough to be there. Thank you Norm for inviting me to be your guest poet on an evening to be remembered as one of the most enjoyable I have been to.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 23 Mar 2014 (event)

Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

Mon 24th Mar 2014 12:06

Don't usually do this but I feel compelled to say
I was lucky enough to be last night, at the Ring'O'Bells, for what, was for me, one of the best gatherings ever. Every attendee, twelve in all (I think) performed the most excellent and varied program of poetry to a stunningly high standard. presided over entertainingly as usual, by the lovely Lorraine, and the not quite as lovely Norman.

Featured poet Peter Slater showed his versatility
brilliantly with a with a variety of pieces made
even more appealing by the quality of his presentation. This I might add, could be deservedly said, without exception, of every performer on the night.

Special thanks to the talented Chris and Natalie for making the long but very worthwhile trip from
Liverpool, to entertain us.

And for those who didn't come. "Don't know what you missed"

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 23 Mar 2014 (event)

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Julian (Admin)

Mon 6th Jan 2014 12:26

A fantastic night with a lovely atmosphere, excellent poetry.
The readers were Ken with his comedic poems, Marion Tong with her poem about the smoking gorilla, Nick who gave us a Luftwaffe rear gunner's take on shooting down a Lancaster, and Eileen Earnshaw who had written about a decidedly suspect Snowman.
I picked up that theme with my translation of a Jacques Prévert poem about a bonhomie de beige who rather foolishly sits on the stove.
The hosts were Lorraine Charlesworth and Norman Warwick, better known as HER AND THE POET and the special guest was Catherine Coward who called on Norman to perform with her under the name of DREAM PEDLARY, based on a poem of that title by Thomas Beddoes Fellowes. this turned out to be a mesmerising, theatrical poetry/song blend that deserves a wider audience. Wintry Words is an amalgam of some of Catherine's original works and some of Norman's, blended with Norman performing the song elements to great aplomb, as the local papers used to say.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 5 Jan 2014 (event)

Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

Sun 3rd Nov 2013 13:27

I think Folk are maybe put off by the incorrect advertised entrance fee of £3. It's always been £2 at the Ring O Bells

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 24 Nov 2013 (event)

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Gray Nicholls

Sat 26th Oct 2013 12:21

good to see norman is carrying on the night. i've never been but have heard good things

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 Oct 2013 (event)

Kenneth Eaton-Dykes

Sun 20th Oct 2013 13:01

Norman will be compering at the Ring O Bells Middleton open mic.Sunday next 27th October as usual.

Pass it on.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 Oct 2013 (event)

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Andy N

Fri 18th Oct 2013 13:05

what's the latest with this, guys. I know Gemma is sadly no longer involved with this. Has somebody else took over? if not, shouldn't the events be cancelled off at least for the moment?

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 Oct 2013 (event)

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Dave Morgan

Mon 23rd Sep 2013 09:25

Apologies to Gemma and whoever turned out last night. Apparently I was down as guest poet. I've sacked my tour manager and bought a new diary. Actually I thought it was next week. Unforgiveable. I'm sure you had a good time anyway.

Dave Morgan

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 25 Aug 2013 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Tue 3rd Sep 2013 17:43

AUGUST 2013:

This month we had 11 poets and audience members with Andy N as guest.

GOOD BITS:

Loved hearing all the different poets, I enjoyed the one about winter and Ken's retirement one, I enjoyed it all thank you, Gemma's a wonderful host as always, great mix of poets, good night, small audience but a good mix, just like being home, good poets, great topics that made one think, a lovely ambience of relaxation, listening to great poets, nice chilled evening and welcoming, :), nice relaxed night, made me as a headline act feel welcome, excellent quality of poetry, Katie's first one brought a lump to my throat.

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT:

Maybe a little warm, not enough hours need more, could do with a few more folk but not a problem, more people here would be nice, few more here but it's summer these things happen....and my favourite comment of the night....

What? No cakes? No caviar? No brass band? Chocolate fountain? All you have here is quality poetry, good company, chilled atmosphere and witty hosting! TISK!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 22 Sep 2013 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Fri 16th Aug 2013 13:17

July 2013:

This month we had 12 performers and audience members including Guest Dominic Simpson and newcomer David Lindsay.

David had set himself a challenge some time ago to memorise one poem per month and he performed two for us this month very skilfully. He hadn't just memorised the words, he had also choreographed routines for each one.

Good Bits Feedback: host, space, sound, regulars, comfortable and friendly, great guest slot, good atmosphere and poets, liked Dominic's slot, enjoyed it, everything, great night, great night as usual, great night, friendly group and great atmosphere, always a great evening, great guest slot, well supported.

Areas For Improvement: DJ again lol can't be helped, cakes?!!! :(, missed the nearly dead poets, missed the nearly dead poets, I'd arrived at 6:30pm for a 7pm start worth changing on WOL website, could get more people, could it?

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 25 Aug 2013 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Fri 31st May 2013 12:15

June 2013:

We had 16 audience members and performers this month and an excellent guest slot from Pete Slater.

Feedback:

Great people, nice and relaxed, I'm wonderful, relaxed, poetry uncensored, good poems, nice venue, great poems, great performers, great cakes, purr-fect, very good meeting, outstanding, great as usual, brilliant as per, great variety.

Early start is difficult for travel, early start makes travelling from afar difficult, shoot quiz mic man lol, too many stairs, not enough exits, bigger cakes, noise from downstairs, not enough expletives, a bigger audience.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 May 2013 (event)

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joe kozarzewski

Mon 27th May 2013 12:21

On Sunday 26th May 2013 we had the usual high standard of performance with incomparable M.C.ing from Gemma. The star turn of the night was Pete Slater who gave us a moving poem about the after effects of his little boy being scalded. We also had Nick Ambrister and Simon Rusty with great material. Two visitors from Birkenhead were excellent. A man on the road, who was going to walk the Rochdale Canal to Manchester and go to three events there decided he'd had enough, so headed back to Leeds.
We had quite a 'ripe' evening with plenty of deliscious ruderies, but then we are all adults. A man in his sixties[my age] did one on 'coprophilia' if I'm not mistaken, which is the love of shit!! Hilarious stuff!! I did a miserablist one followed by one by Simon Rusty 'I'm proud to be a vegan' that I have done before. Great Night1111

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 May 2013 (event)

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Julian (Admin)

Mon 6th May 2013 17:50

and a brilliant five years it has been too, Gemma. We set a Middleton night up after being asked to do so by Cartwheel Arts all those years ago. Firstly at the Olde Boars Head, where the challenges were several, from being greeted by cake-strewn floors to having the noise of the bar filtering through the medieval curtains.
I wonder if it is worth having a mic and amps there. I suspect not because it would be such a faff carting them through the pub and upstairs. In any case the pub might object to having their music/Countdown sessions interrupted by our melifluous stanzas.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 May 2013 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Mon 6th May 2013 05:41

APRIL 2013:

Can you believe that we are just 2 months off having done this for 5 years?? There's been amazing times and absolutely awful times but we've wethered it all. People I'd never met before turned up with poems one day and are now life-long friends. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who makes Middleton WOL possible (special mention to Katie obviously), I love you guys!

We had a great turn out last week, 22 people in total, 16 people performing and the amazing Tony Walsh as the guest publicising his awesome new book 'Sex & Love & Rock & Roll'. There was so much poetry, we couldn't contain it within our usual 2 hour do and we went on poeting until gone 10 O'Clock, (now if that ain't Rock & Roll, Tony, I dunno what is)!

Good Bits Feedback:

Fantastic guest, lovely night, all of it, great variety, supportive, friendly, Tony Walsh, inclusive, fun, lively, great space, excellent MC, keep it up, guest poet, Ken, Gemma, Katie, new guys, guest speaker was very good, great selection of poets, fantastic main act, superb evening, brilliant night, loved it tonight, what can I say?, brilliant night, excellent poets, great night as usual, inspiring guest, inspired host, good night especially Tony, some stunning poetry, superb guest slot, great to see people sharing their stories and poems, very friendly, thanks for having me, wonderful night, emotionally charged, reminds me what it's all about, excellent organisation, good night again, home for me, great guest spot, good company, good turnout and atmosphere, keep doing what you're doing! PHEW!

The areas for improvement mostly dealt with the music downstairs but it was us who over ran by an hour, not them turning it on early so when we have so many poets that 2 hours won't do, we will just have to be louder than the c**p downstairs after 9!

See you all next month!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 May 2013 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Mon 29th Apr 2013 11:19

Just a quick note, Mays Night will be the usual fourth Sunday but due to a prior booking Junes will be the 30th.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 28 Apr 2013 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Mon 25th Mar 2013 18:32

March 2013:

This month we had 14 poets and audience members including the brilliantly macabre Dermot Glennon and THREE (count ‘em) fantabulous newcomers: Ben, Danny and Liam.

The only negative feedback was Dermot (sporter of the incredibly chic three year old Sainsbury’s carrier bag filing system) chastising himself for being late but it happens to the best of us (ie me, a LOT)!

The positive feedback was: quality poems and poets, good atmosphere, very friendly and good poets, great night and new faces, great night especially the lovely hosts, short on numbers but long on talent, good to have newbies, good mixture of styles and topics, warmer than last time, good mix of talented people, fab simple fecking fab, another good night, great variety and fantastic.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 24 Mar 2013 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Mon 25th Feb 2013 11:46

FEBRUARY 2013

It was a busy night at the Ringers with 20 combined poets and audience members, the mood was good as everyone seemed in high spirits. The Nearly Dead's took us on a ride on "The Gravy Train", while on his own Alvin Sawdust performed "Non too Canny Danny" about gambling addiction. Deslexic got us all aboard " Captain Cameron's Canoe". Julia had "A Screw Loose" and Ken had us all in hysteria with his modern day Jesus. Carol treated us to "Sunday Lunch" while Andrew told us of his rebirth entitled Ides. Pete told us of the all too familiar "Curtain Twitchers" and New poet Adam enchanted us with the subject of death. Eileen spoke of "Co-operation" and Norman rejoiced in the moment that words are born. Rod performed in Shakespearean style for his poem "As You Come". Lastly but not least Catherine Coward delivered an outstanding showcase with pieces such as " Love is" and "Raised from the Page", she read her poems with finesse while keeping the listener engaged. So Well Done Catherine.

Feedback

Areas for Improvement

Main comments were about it being cold. Il have a word with the landlord and see if he can put some heat on. Failing that il bring my portable heater.

Good Points

Great night as usual, Excellent range, Wide range of material, Excellent night as usual, Lovely entertaining night, Good folk easy, reading easy, listening easy!!! Aren't we all wonderful, All, Great variety of poetry, Wonderful set Catherine, Great night as usual, great guest reader, Norm funny night, love it! Had a great time, full of sparks, Variety, comedy eccentric entertainment! Humorous.

Next months guest is yet to be confirmed but Gemma Lees will be back!!

A write up by Norman Warrick of the first half of the night.

In the first half we heard the voice of our conscience tell us to shovel away left over snow. We did that watched by nosey neighbours, watching us while they had their Sunday lunch and drowned their roast from the Gravy Train. We must of all had a screw loose because we should of had a duvet day or read from the gospel according to John, instead of listening to old Deaf Bell Nell.
By Norman Warrick



Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 24 Feb 2013 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Sun 17th Feb 2013 15:04

This months guest poet is Catherine Coward. If you would like to read her books there available in kindle, ebook or just to down load on your computer. Here's the link.


POETIC CHILL OUT by Catherine Coward
Permalink: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B0XS0TO

Please also note Gemma Lees will not be returning this month but next due to double bookings. See you all Sunday!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 24 Feb 2013 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Mon 28th Jan 2013 10:29

JANUARY 2013

Despite clashing events we had a great night at the Ring O Bells with everyone in high spirits. Carol Keys started us off with a New Years Eve themed poem. While Joy got us all involved with her Balls themed poem. Pete read a big f@ck you to the world and Darren wowed us with his newly written words. New poet Carol Kelly made us think with her creative piece about the Cournals daughter. Alvin Sawdust had us all in giggles with Cockneys Sell Fruit, while Deslexic said Good God. Joe the ranter joined us for the first time at the Ringers and ranted about the British pastime of queuing. Julia spoke of a modern day Robbie Burns and I read through a Window Pane. Our guest Gus Jonnson read some touching and honest poetry about his past, his mothers OCD and how painting is a messy form of poetry. He kept us all captivated with reflective words. So a great night.

FEEDBACK

Areas for improvement

Noise from downstairs, a fez for everyone, £1,000,000 for each, bit cold

My apologies for the noise on the stairs. As for a fez for everyone, not sure where to get them and I can't afford to give you all lots of money lol. And the cold, I'm afraid the radiators were on so there isn't much I can do for this.

Good Points

Excellent content as usual, Overall pretty good, The fecking lot, Lovely wasn't a disappointment, Nice quiet but comfy, Enjoyable evening, some great poetry as usual, Great evening, Lovely,Chums, creativity, food and raffle.

Some great feedback there. And I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone whose supported me, practically the Nearly Dead Poets and Just Poets who compered the nights and Carol Keys for making the cakes. But I couldn't have done this without the support everyone as given me. Now I pass the reins proudly back to Gemma "the poet " Lees and I'm looking forward to her return. Next months guest will be the talented Catherine Coward. See you all then.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 Jan 2013 (event)

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Pete Slater

Tue 1st Jan 2013 23:59

December 2012

Just wanted to say a big and humble "Thank you" to fellow poets at the Ring 'o' Bells in Middleton for voting me "Poet of the Year" In such good company this is praise indeed. I had my first experience of reading my "poetry" at the Ringers in June 2011, and I was made to feel welcome and comfortable from the very first. I'm so pleased. ENOUGH!! I would also like to thank everyone for their kindness, support and understanding. Looking forward to 2013 with friends and fellow word creatives at the Ring 'o' Bells.
Cheers yawl.
Pete once known as the "Bus Driving Poet"
Now known as
Pete...."The Bus Driving Poet of the Year" HOW MAD IS THAT??

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 23 Dec 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Fri 28th Dec 2012 23:50

December 2012

We had a full and festive night at the Ringers this time. Joy France read us a Christmas poem with a twist and Ken had us gleeful with laughter with his usual witty humour. Norman and Mike made us think with some serious poetry. John spoke of a family friend. While Carol faves us her own count down to Christmas. Andrew Warhouse gave us a lyrical piece while Julia Mclay gave us a short but sweet piece about her son, Peter the lesser read us a tribute to Marlene. While Christine reminded us of war. Allvin Sawdust was on the buses. Robin Parker delivered us a parody on the joys of Christmas shopping. Gemma read one of her soon to be available children's tales. I read about the annoyance of that Caller Unknown. James Whitrow delivered a fascinating showcase featuring poems on relationships and giving it time and lastly but not least our newly nominated poet of the year Pete Slater delivered professionally some poems about the recent loss of a loved one. Now to the feedback.

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT

Collision of events took edge off things, Noise from downstairs, shout louder, Full house of poets and empty downstairs even with a live band, Room set different, Turn up on time.

I apologies about the noise downstairs, there was no notice given about the band. Setting the room differently is not a problem but need ideas on how people want it and probably help moving things as I can't with my back. As for the turn up on time, I cannot force people to arrive and I'm happy to start at 7.30, after letting people leisurely arrive. What do others think? Feedback on this would be helpful. There's only one person who I know has a problem with this, do others?

GOOD POINTS

Great night, Interesting night, Lovely buffet, Excellent poets, Great entertainment, Peter the great, Good night some really interesting people expressing themselves, Like a pair of comfy shoes, good people, good words, Electric as always, Spirit and Christmas, cracking food, quality poetry and Tommy too, Brilliant night as always, thanks, Poems, nice buffet, all the people, Beautiful people, Such fun, so profound, Great spread of words, excellent company, Great buffet, poetry, welcome for Tommy.

Some good feed back there and everyone loved seeing Gemma Lees return and meeting little Tommy too

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 23 Dec 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Tue 11th Dec 2012 12:14

Our Middleton night will be on Sunday 23rd, with guest James Whitrow, hope to see lots of you there for our festive poetry night x

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 23 Dec 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Mon 26th Nov 2012 12:50

NOVEMBER 2012

We had a quiet but quality night at the Ringers with 11 poets and audiance members but it was a night full of laughter and fun.

FEEDBACK

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT

More people to come, maybe speak to the landlord about music/noise from downstairs as this was distracting.

I've been spreading the word of our night and will keep doing but fellow Ringers please spread the word too. As for the noise from down stairs, it's a bit difficult as the room is free for us to use and we have changed the time to try not to conflict with the quiz but the quiz seems to have moved back again and I dont think we could start any earlier but I'l see what I can do.

GOOD POINTS

Always very good and good natured, Lots of good poems and banter between EVERYONE!!, Very good, Good poets, Generally very good indeed, Shame only a few readers, they missed a good night and good words, Good variety, good poems as ever,the ones who wernt here missed something, Fab- simple, feckin fab, Terrific times 3, The standard was high and Ken kept it up!!, A blooby good night.

Thanks for all for the feedback, next months guest poet will hopefully be James Whitrow all being well and special guest Gemma Lees will make an appearance with baby Tommy. So lots to look forward to at our December night as well as a yummy buffet prepared kindly by Carol Keys. See you next time!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 25 Nov 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Wed 21st Nov 2012 18:48

This Sundays guest will be Rod Whitworth and don't forget I will be collecting £2 towards our Christmas Buffet for December. Also I'm pleased to announce Mrs Gemma Lees will be joining us at our December open mic with little Tommy too. See you sunday!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 25 Nov 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Mon 29th Oct 2012 12:48

OCTOBER 2012

We had a busy night at the Ringers with 17 poets and audiance members. We had some of Ken's usual brand of comedy gold with his Write Out Loud poem (especially for Julian). Pete made us think with his poem about words and how we take them. Lorraine told us of the all too familar joys of please hold the line. Alvin Sawdust inspired by his bat biscuit did a Batman poem. Maureen told of the harm of waiting too late. Julain's poem "Don't Knock it Till you've tried it" suggested we not always be so careful with spam mail. Marion reflected on her courting days. Des Lexic had a wash day of life. John remembered days gone. Gus discussed the domestic issues of getting things done. Robin mediatated in the Mediterainian. Catherine spoke of peace and quiet and Joy stole the show wih her poem of two voices about the new "Womens" Bic Pens. Mike Hiltons showcase went down a storm with poems about his Mum and Dad, his piece No Title on how to write poetry and his sobering piece on sucicide in prision. Appologies for the mix up with the guest slot but Rod Whitworth will be with us next time. It was a great night barr a little friction at the end but when people feel passionate these things can happen.

FEEDBACK

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT

No areas for improvement.

GOOD POINTS

Fabulous poems tonight, Dito, Fecking fab, Bloody Quality, Ken so good he makes me sick!, All good stuff like it here, Lots of laughing and top poetry- as per usual, Lovely to see you grow in confidence Katie, A good night with some cracking poetry.

All good feed back and don't forget next month I will be collecting £2 towards our Christmas Buffet. See you all next month.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 28 Oct 2012 (event)

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Pete Slater

Sun 28th Oct 2012 22:34

Well, an interesting night at the Ringers. Good people, good poetry, good opinions......good differences of opinion. A healthy expression of differing views...proves that poets DO have a voice and can stir emotions. More please. Throw more, bigger, HEAVIER stones into life's lake and make those ripples spread, touch everybody and wake them from apathy. THAT'S WHAT ART IS ALL ABOUT!! Well done the poets at the Ring 'o' Bells!!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 28 Oct 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Sun 28th Oct 2012 14:06

Tonight's guest is Mike Hilton, Rod is next months guest

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 28 Oct 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Sun 28th Oct 2012 00:31

Don't forget to change your clocks! Don't show up at the wrong time x

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 28 Oct 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Fri 26th Oct 2012 14:09

This Sundays guest will be Rod Whitworth. Bring along your spooky poetry to get in the mood for Halloween. Look forward to seeing you all there

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 28 Oct 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Sun 23rd Sep 2012 22:04

September 2012

Was a quiet night at the Ringers, what with some of our regulars off on their hols, lucky buggers lol. Any way there was plenty of quality and a great atmosphere. We had Kens always hilarious poetry on Old age and Prince Harry's antics from the Queens point of view. Carol entertained us with her Diamond planet and Deslexic was in a romantic mood with his poem May I. Mike was all about bike bells and Alvin Sawdust dazzled us with Rings on your Fingers. Joy France did a wonderful guest slot with pieces such as Lipstick, a touching poem about her Mum. A limerick for the Ring O Bells night ( which hopefully she'll post here) and she kept us all drawn in with Antisipation. Everyone enjoyed her fantastic guest slot.

FEEDBACK

Areas for Improvement

Cannot think of any, bigger audience?, feck all, sodall,let more people know what a good night this is, bigger audience?

Regulars spread the word, maybe we can get some more but i know lots of people were away this time so hopefully next month will be better.

Good Points

Very good, enjoyed it, Excellent as usual , Great night, Double cakes, Good atmosphere, Fecking great,Quality, quality, quality, Laughs, laughs, laughs and quality poetry and chilled crowd. Is there a better way to spend a Sunday evening?, Great Night, Great poetry, especially guest poet Joy.

Well great feedback. Next months open mic will be Sunday 28th and our guest will be Mike Hilton. So it's bound to be a great night. See you all then!!!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 23 Sep 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Tue 18th Sep 2012 10:14

Don't worry Pete, things happen. Any how it's our open mic this Sunday but there's been a change of the guest slot. This months guest will be Joy France. And I'm sure she will treat us with some of her entertaining and fascinating poetry. See you all there x

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 23 Sep 2012 (event)

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Pete Slater

Sat 8th Sep 2012 18:00

Apologies to everyone who thought they were going to be tortured by my guest slot in August. I thought I would be clever and take off in my caravan with my wife and grandchildren to Ormskirk for 6 days. The idea being to drive to Middleton on the Sunday, do the Ringers(I was S-O-O-O looking forward to it)and then drive back to the van afterwards, it's only an hour away. Katie had already worked so hard to change my slot from Sept as I will be away then as well. Thank you Katie. Unfortunately my 2 year old grandson had a nasty fall when we took him into Southport for the day and we ended up spending the evening in A & E. He was bruised and sore but nothing worse fortunately. As much as I wanted to read in the guest slot, family comes first. Sorry again folks. Hope to see you all in October.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 Aug 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Sun 26th Aug 2012 22:33

AUGUST 2012

We had 14 of us tonight. The comperes The Nearly Dead Poets did an excellent job of keeping everyone relaxed and in high spirits. We had some wonderful poetry including Joy's thought provoking piece on how other cultures treat children with disability, Des Lexics comical piece on being strange and Alvin Sawdusts worrying piece on infectious conditions. We also had some darkness upstairs with Maureen and some tales of the Middleton Moonrakers from Julia, as well as lots of other excellent poetry. Our guest Pete Slater was a no show, so hoping all is well with him and nothing untoward has happend. But it was a great night anyway.

Areas For Improvements

Pity Pete didn't show up

Good Points

Loved all the talented poets, great night, great night, great night the poets, very good, much enjoyed lovely people, funny verse, all good natured, all good, chilled night- great variety, variety in shades.

All good feedback and again I hope Pete is ok. Next months guest is Norman Warrick. See you next time!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 Aug 2012 (event)

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Andy N

Wed 1st Aug 2012 01:10

really enjoyed last week, folks. really nicely audience and from which i delivered a set i was proud off. nights like this are brilliant to perform at - something i recommend big style to beginners and people who read for sometime. i did one of my very early Write out loud bits here some years back (end of 2008?) and have always enjoyed coming back here time after time. great stuff - long may it carry on! x

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 Aug 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Fri 27th Jul 2012 20:27

JULY 2012

We had a comfortable 15 attendees at the Ringers this month. It was a good night with lots of laughs, banter and great poetry. Andy N's showcase was a captivating mix of emotion and greatly entertaining. There was Norman Warrick's barber poem accompanied by The Nearly Dead Poets with garden sheers of all things (the two should'nt mix,was scary lol). Robin treated us to a poem from the famous Eden Scrolls. There was music from Jeffarama and some weighty poetry from Alvin Sawdust and Ken. Also well done to new comer Eileen, who has been away from the poetry scene for some time so we were happy to welcome her back and look forward to hearing more of her next month.

FEEDBACK

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENTS

Nowt,?, Bit of background noise but thankfully quieted down as carried on, All is fine ta, Impossible.

GOOD POINTS

As always a chilled evening of varied top poetry, Relaxed easy like a favourite pair of slippers(with a nail in them)!!, Was a bit worried Ged with the sheers but was great fun as always, Good Health Club, Flippin great night, Wonderful, Groovy yeah groovy, Brilliant as per, Excellent night lots of laughs, Good night as usual well organised, Excellent compères, Mutual respect between all alike and audience, So nice to meet with like minded people and know that poetry is NOT dead, Always good.

Not sure what we can do about the noise from the beer garden on the hot nights when we need the door open, could see if the land lord has a fan we can use. Also not sure if the bit about the nail in the slipper is a complement or not. Next months guest is Pete Slater, hope to see lots of you there. Also thank you for the great feedback I received over Face Book. It was greatly received and appreciated.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 22 Jul 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Mon 25th Jun 2012 11:59

JUNE 2012

We had a small but creative crowd at Ring O Bells this month with the clash with the England game. But although intimate there was plenty of quality and laughs. We had ten poets in total and The Nearly Dead Poets did an excellent job of comparing.

Areas for Improvement
Feck all, make the good points column wider in the feed back book, none that I can see apart from the football downstairs, spaces between tables for people to perform easier.

I will make sure the column is bigger next time and il see if we can move the tables slightly although there is limited room

Good Points
Still a really welcoming diverse space, great night, small but perfectly formed audience, feckin good show, great banter between poems, refreshingly chilled atmosphere, always good, chilled night coz of the football, enjoyed it all thank you, everything

Also thank you to Micheal Wilson who arrived late due to unforeseen circumstances but was worth the wait. He did an excellent guest slot with some thought provoking poetry.

The next WOL at the Ring O Bells is the 21st July with guest Andy N. Hope to see lots of you there, hopefully they'll be no football clashes now England's out but next is the tennis, so watch this space.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 24 Jun 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Mon 28th May 2012 11:29

MAY 2012

We had a great night at the Ring O Bells with 19 poets reading. Gemma managed to make an appearance for her last night as organiser but had to depart early due to being unwell. She was presented with flowers and a card presented by The Nearly Dead Poets and we all wish her good luck with her soon to be new addition Tommy. The Nearly Dead poets compared the evening.Special mention to Darren Tattersall who read for the first time and was fantastic. Also just a quick note to say we start at 7.00 p.m, I know theres been some confusion with the time but next month we will start at 7 sharp.

GOOD POINTS

Well mannered/poetry, Just great poetry, Quality stuff, stuff,Welcoming/uplifting as always.quality, Balm to the ears, Friendly,Good mixture of poetry,Brilliant as per!!, Brill, Great atmosphere, great poetry.

Areas for Improvements

None to speak of, Stuff, Nawt, Chips (not really), Good as usual, None

Don't think we'll be able to get any chips and stuff doesn't offer much suggestion but over all a good night, especially the fantastic guest slot performed by Ken. Which everyone enjoyed. Next months guest is Michael Wilson.

See you all next month!!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 May 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Fri 25th May 2012 20:26

Our host Gemma Lees is poorly in hospital at the mo and may not be able to attend on sunday. We are hoping she's home soon and recovered. So if she cannot make it I will run the night with the Nearly Dead poets comparing. Hope to see you all there. Katie

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 May 2012 (event)

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Pete Slater

Wed 2nd May 2012 15:00

Just a personal comment. I was disappointed that some-one had complained to third parties about the bad language at the Ringers. I understand that some people are offended by what in reality is only a series of guttural utterances. Being one of many that works in a male dominated environment and suffers from "Industrial language" syndrome, I would like to offer my sincere apologies (to whoever it may concern, who doesn't possess the maturity to air their concerns within the confines of a group of like minded grown ups) if it was my language that caused the offense. I would also ask, if the occasion arises in the future could the "offendees" please raise the matter there and then. I do sincerely believe that nobody at the Ringers sets out to offend and would welcome direct, honest and forthright opinion. Thank you for pointing it out Gemma. Just a shame you had to.
Cheers.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 May 2012 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Sat 28th Apr 2012 11:23

APRIL 2012:

Well, what an interesting night my penultimate night before mummyhood proved to be!

Great guest slot from Rob Goodier and fantastic poem from newcomer Alan Pascoe.

FEEDBACK:

Good Points: Variety, love the cakes, banter, atmosphere, variety, no probs, very welcoming, it's a great evening got the pitch just right, great cakes, atmosphere, banter, hostess, well run and entertaining, great evening very surprised others have had complaints, good night, good poetry mix, a good variety as ever, simply fab, all good stuff, still lovin it, much good work, quite good mixture of poetry, pretty good, really good night, really good and interesting mix, great night as usual, great host, great poets/ poetry.

Areas For Improvement: Purely personal don't like 'guest slots', not enough bad language and still no dancing girls, nudity etc!, not enough bad language, not always enough seats, Gemma flirted with all the young poets in the room!

Haha! Sorry I can't promise bad language or nudity but I will stop the flirting, terrible habit, I know! (And I will ensure there are more chairs next time should we need them!)

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 May 2012 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Fri 30th Mar 2012 23:17

for some reason Feb 2012 has gone on twice, odd! x

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 25 Mar 2012 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Fri 30th Mar 2012 22:44

MARCH 2012:

The 18 performers and audience members who came this month were treated to the fabulous Charlotte Henson's guest slot and the wonderful newcomer, Mike, a superb MC!

FEEDBACK:

Good Points: great atmosphere, great poetry as always, everything, great to see so much support for local talent and creativity, brilliant night, all good, fab 'king fab, jollier than jollity farm, variety the spice of life, comfy bring on the dancing girls, great variety of poetry, good fun and food for thought, some great poetry, warm and friendly welcome even from latecomers!

Areas For Improvement: when it came to rap the c was silent like the p in the swimming pool.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 22 Apr 2012 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Wed 21st Mar 2012 19:21

FEB 2012:

This month, the 21 poets and audience members were treated to a fab set of poetry and music from the fab Dom Parry. We also had two fantastic newbies who impressed us all!

Feedback:

Good Points: Gemma and her cakes, very enjoyable throughout, really good fun and friendly, first time made to feel very welcome some brilliant stuff, nice to see and hear newbies and learn about Earth's 'rings of shit', groovy just groovy the whole 'king lot, ring-dang-doo all good stuff, I was brilliant, yes he was (Ken!), fun serious strange, Dom, good poets and good humour, excellent as usual, great fun as usual, good, great night and great poets, good mix as usual.

Areas For Improvement: More silence when people read, more fucking time, MC's bump.

The bump is even bigger this month, not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing haha! You will get more fucking time, James, when you do your second guest slot later this year! And I totally agree, Dom, that people should be more respectful when others perform and I will start putting my foot down on this issue!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 Feb 2012 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Wed 21st Mar 2012 16:14

FEB 2012:

This month the twenty-one poets and audience members were treated to a great guest slot from Dom Parry plus two awesome newbies!

Feedback:

Good Points: Gemma and her cakes, very enjoyable throughout, really good fun and friendly, first time made to feel very welcome some brilliant stuff, nice to se and hear newbies and learn about Earth's rings of shit, groovy just groovy the whole fucking lot, ring dang do all good stuff, I was brilliant, yes he was, dom, good poets and good humour, excellent as usual, good, great nights and great poets, good mix as usual.

Areas for Improvement: more silence when people read, more fucking time, MC's bump.

I totally agree on being respectfully quiet when others are performing and I will start crackign down on it! James, you will get more fucking time when you do your guest slot later in the year! The bump is much bigger this month, also!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 25 Mar 2012 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Sat 28th Jan 2012 18:00

JANUARY 2012:

We saw the new year in with style with some brilliant poets including new to Middleton Manda Lee and new to performing poetry Grace Hilton. Plus a fantastic guest slot from Bolton WOL's Jeffarama! We had 17 poets and audience members.

Feedback:

Good Points: Jeff's showcase was good, great mix of poets and poetry, supportive atmosphere, Jeff was class as normal, nice mellow atmosphere, my kinda place, a good evening with an eclectic mix of poetry (and me!), very warm and funny host, welcoming atmosphere, all good, first time here first time performing and so far so good, very warm and welcoming, as usual a warm wlcome and friendly faces, no bad ones at all, great atmosphere as per, more fun than hunting tigers, great atmosphere, simply fab, great stuff thanks, enjoyed new venue.

There were only two 'Areas for Improvement', both were about the chilly room. I'm very sorry about that but the landlord wouldn't put the heating on becuase he was warm downstairs!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 Feb 2012 (event)

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Rod Whitworth

Tue 27th Dec 2011 16:20

A very convivial night with poetry that was really varied in terms of style, content and treatment. (I shan't reveal the names of those who need the treatment!)

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 18 Dec 2011 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Wed 21st Dec 2011 22:03

DECEMBER 2011 (Christmas Special):

Well despite the snow, we still had 21 wonderful poets come to the Christmas special including the rather brilliant Seamus who provided us with a great 15 minute showcase and the rather fantastic Ken who was voted by 11 votes out of 21 the Middleton WOL Poet of The Year 2001 and very well deserved it was!

FEEDBACK BOOK:

Good Points:

Food, poems, peeps, everything, party blowers, excellent showcase by Seamus, fantastic buffet thanks for the hard work Gem, very enjoyable especially Seamus and buffet, delicious buffet, great showcase by Seamus, great food thanks Gemma, interesting night, enjoyable evening, great Gemma rocks, good fun, Seamus was great, well done with the buffet, had a great time, excellent Xmas special buffet and poems, brilliant as usual, lovely buffet, nice party with poetry and sing song.

Areas For Improvement:

None, my party blower broke, f**k all, as usual get rid of the opposition, Faye actually reading something out, none, downstairs noise, microphone.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 18 Dec 2011 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Thu 1st Dec 2011 12:35

NOVEMBER 2011:

Another varied, silly and fun night at Middleton WOL this month with another great guest slot from the NDPS who were back by popular demand!

A massive well done to our two newcomers Mike and Rhys, you did great and we'd love to see you come back again.

Feedback:

Areas for Improvement: None! Hurrah! (Except for me being a snob again, obviously!)

Good Points: Everybody, the ability to listen, NDPS showcase was very entertaining, supportive people and friendly, great poetry, everything, welcoming, easy to relax and let oneself out, supportive audience, as usual good atmosphere, good poetry, nice folk, NDPS luv it!, really good night, loads of 'em, 'kin great, always a pleasure, simply splendid, excellent atmosphere, first time at club had a great night, great night as usual, just good, really good night, great evening, lovely atmosphere, great fun!, great, sixty nine good points (thanks Ken), brilliantly entertaining.

Thanks again Middleton WOLers, see you on the 18th for our Christmas special!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 Nov 2011 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Tue 1st Nov 2011 12:51

OCTOBER 2011:

We had a bit of a rollercoater ride this month, the ups were that we had a record 26 performers and Norman's brilliant guest slot.

Unfortunately we also had some downs in the shape of a yapping dog and a rather drunk fellow who loved to hear the sound of his own voice, kept interrupting me, gave the longest intro to a poem I've ever had at Middleton (7 mins) and decided that we were all too stuck up (well I will take that with a pinch of salt!)

Feedback:

Areas for Improvement: I love dogs but an open mic's not the place! I wouldn't bring Max lol! ditto, open the door more 2 stuck up, start on time!, as Katie and Joy said (re. dogs!)

Good Points: Good night lots of fun, magic and myth abounds no improvement needed, lovely evening Gemma, great night as usual, everything great, great night keep up the good work, great night, great night, great night (so good they said it thrice), evtertainign and though-provoking Norman was great, great feedback, great to listen to, great poety again, great as always!, the warmest of welcomes for new-comers great banter quality diverse poetry all situations handled deftly by the compere Gemma, great poetry Norm's fantastic guest slot supportive and friendly.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 27 Nov 2011 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Sun 9th Oct 2011 16:42

SEPTEMBER:

We had another full room of 25 poets and audience members including 4 newbies who we all really hope come back again!

Good Points: Supportive environment, great poetry, great spot by Robin, enjoyable, Robin'ds 15 minutes was brilliant, good poetry, a fun night again, good stuff again, newbies, very enjoyable, great, good night, great variety, first time for me very good, welcome and friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Suprisingly all of the 'Areas For Improvement' dealt with the noise form the quiz downstairs so we are going to be starting at 7pm from now on so we finish before the quiz starts at 9pm.

See you next month for the other half of the 'Just Poets' duo, Norman.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 25 Sep 2011 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Wed 31st Aug 2011 15:45

AUGUST 2011:

My, didn't we have a full room of poets and guest on Sunday? 26 people to be exact including some wonderful newcomers to Write Out Loud.

Positive Feddback: Brilliant, Great Poetry, Supportive, Was interesting, Would like to come again, Enjoyable, Good showcase by Katie, Broad quality and variety of poetry, Poetry, Simply fab, Marvellous, Inspiring, Lurvin it, If you haven't tried it don't knock it, Good, Good poetry and friendly atmosphere, Very enjoyable, Diverse pieces of work, Enjoyed the variety and quality of the poetry, Katie's set was excellent, Enjoyed the evening very much, Good to meet fellow travellers.

The 'Areas For Improvement' all (suprise, suprise) dealt with the noise pollution from the quiz in the second half. I am so sorry about that, I had no idea and I have emailed the landlord to make sure that there is nowt on next month.

See you on 25th September for the grand parody master, Robin Parker's guest slot.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 28 Aug 2011 (event)

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Pete Slater

Mon 29th Aug 2011 19:34

Twas' another good night at the Ring'o Bells. It gets bigger and better. A cerebral massage for the hard of rhyming. Still a new comer to the open mic scene I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and have met new and interesting like minded folk. Always look forward to the next one. Thanks everybody!!! Cheers. Pete the soon to be retiree!!!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 28 Aug 2011 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Fri 29th Jul 2011 23:40

Another new poet, a stunning short story from James, a brand new shiny merch corner and sixteen poets and audience members all helped to make another great night at Middleton WOL on 24th July.

Under 'Areas For Improvement' I got 'bugger all' and 'none I've noticed' which is awesome!

Here's the 'Good Points': good atmosphere, good people, good place, ripping fun. eclectic as always, fab, simply fab, well read, well read and well fed, good atmosphere, good fun, good variety, enjoyable night, nothing bad, sometimes I just like to listen to everyone else, really enjoyable, really great night, fab poems.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 24 Jul 2011 (event)

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Pete Slater

Fri 15th Jul 2011 23:49

As a first timer at taking part in ANY sort of public event let alone poetry reading I would like to thank all the "All round nice folk and jolly good eggs" for making me welcome and putting me at ease on the 26th June 2011 . As Gemma says, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with nice people, specially for an open mic 59yr old performance virgin who had never even thought of writing a poem up to 4 months ago. Now I am smitten. Looking forward to the next meet.
Thanks everybody.
Pete Slater.

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 24 Jul 2011 (event)

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Gemma Lees

Tue 28th Jun 2011 10:18

On Sunday we were treated to fifteen minutes of 'The Nearly Dead Poets', a trio who managed to be both fantastically silly and deeply profound at the same time!

In addition to such a great guest slot, we also had two wonderful new poets performing, one for the first time EVER. Huge congratulations to Charlotte and Pete. Not only did you do it, you both did it well too.

There were NO 'Areas For Improvement' in the feedback book, so here's just the 'Good Points': Usual great variety and support, Nice folk no joke nice cake not fake I'll come again 'cause I'm not vain, Des Lexic etc, Wonderful, All great, Great stuff again, Fantastic range, Very supportive, Variety, Good poetry and good company, Good atmosphere.

See you next month with guest James!

Review is about Write Out Loud - Middleton on 26 Jun 2011 (event)

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