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Entry: Free entry, suggested £3 donation

Open Mic Event

Contact: gregfreem62@gmail.com

Write Out Loud Woking is held on the last Thursday of each month, in the cafe of the Lightbox museum and art gallery in Woking, beside the Basingstoke canal. Hosted by Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood.

Time: 8:00pm (7:30pm for 8pm start )

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The Lightbox

Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA, GB

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Monthly Event (Usually held last Thursday of each month)

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Reviews for Write Out Loud Woking

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Greg Freeman

Fri 30th Aug 2019 12:33

Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox … you never bleeping know what to expect! Highlights were Elliot Msindo’s five-year-old daughter Kayla reading proudly and confidently her short poem ‘I am Black’, followed immediately by featured poet Pete Jardine’s set, including his tribute to John Cooper Clarke, complete with family-friendly bleeps. Those bleeps notwithstanding, and no reflection on Pete’s innovative and imaginative poetry, it was enough to see Elliot hurrying his young family towards the exit … well, it was past their bedtime! We also welcomed Lightbox debutants 2b.Frank, Maria Kanag, and Scott Hendry, as well as Heather Moulson, Phil Whittick, Denise Bundred, Patrick Osada, Janet Collinson, Afon Claerwen, Geoffrey Pimlott, Ray Pool, Anna Molesworth, Anne Warrington, Lorri Piimlott, Richard Jones, Michael Cutchey, Eddie Chauncy, Scott Hendry, Tom McColl and Richard Hawtree. All in all, a staggering 22 poets from the floor, plus feature poet Pete Jardine, and compere Rodney Wood. Well done to Rodney for coping with a mammoth second half, and thanks to those who voluntarily trimmed their contributions as time began to run out. Thanks as always to Frances Wood for passing round Rodney’s hat to receive donations to the Lightbox. Co-compere Greg Freeman introduced the shorter first half, took the pix, and wrote this. Our next Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox is on Thursday 26 September. The featured poet will be Tom McColl. See you there!

Review is about Write Out Loud Woking on 29 Aug 2019 (event)

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Greg Freeman

Fri 26th Jul 2019 20:50

Thanks to all who took part in another wonderful Write Out Loud Woking open-mic poetry night at the Lightbox last night. Despite the heatwave! It was great to hear Karen Swaley deliver an extended set as our featured poet, and to appreciate the range of her work, and her developing talent. We’re very proud of you, Karen! Other highlights included Connie Froeze – sadly, her farewell appearance before she returns to Germany. Remarkably, Connie says she prefers to perform her poetry in English, because she thinks of the subjects in English, too. This month’s two debutants were Elliott Msindo, from Farnborough, who gave a powerful and confident performance, and Tony Demoncy, a previous attendee of one or two Woking Stanza group sessions. We welcomed back Amel Oudjida, Louise Blake, Adam Gary, and Afon Claerwen, whose poem about Hiroshima – the anniversary is on August 6 - was moving and emotional. Thanks also to regulars and always fine poets Pete Jardine, Peter Taylor, Andy BJ Low, Anna Molesworth, Eddie Chauncy, and Karen Izod. Where would we be without you all? Indeed, where was Rodney, my co-compere? Sunning himself somewhere, hopefully at a somewhat lower temperature. We did have noise issues in the second half with the comedians upstairs, but understood that they had to keep their door open because of the heat. We’ll excuse them just this time. Thanks also to Gillian Freeman, who passed around the cap at half-time for donations to the Lightbox. It’s a wonderful venue, the Lightbox. Some people travel a long way to perform here, and we’re very pleased and proud to be part of it. Our next open-mic night at the Lightbox is on Thursday 29 August, when our featured poet will be Pete Jardine. See you there!

Review is about Write Out Loud Woking on 25 Jul 2019 (event)

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Greg Freeman

Fri 28th Jun 2019 11:38

In all the excitement we forgot to mention it … but last night was our one-year anniversary of Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox! We once again welcomed debutants who had found us via Google … Connie Froese, visiting from Germany, and Elena Frost, from up the road at Ottershaw. We were pleased to welcome back regulars as well to the new Thursday-night ambience at the Lightbox, with scientists in the courtyard, and comedy fans upstairs. It was all happening! Thanks to all our readers, who also included Geoffrey and Lorri Pimlott, Karen Izod, Pete Jardine, Anna Molesworth, Ray Pool, Kitty Coles, Michael Cutchey and Eddie Chauncy. Thanks also to Frances Wood, for collecting the Lightbox donations, and to comperes Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood. Our next gathering is at the Lightbox cafe on Thursday 25 July, when our featured poet will be Karen Swaley.

Review is about Write Out Loud Woking on 27 Jun 2019 (event)

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