Writers’ Shack in association with Waddington Street Centre and Talking Pen proudly presents POETRY JAM Featuring Ann Porro, Lewis Brown and Mayira Thomas.

Three fantastic guests plus quick-fire open floor readings of wide-ranging poetry in the cosy Waddy café lounge—ideal for road-testing new work in front of a warm and appreciative audience. Beginners and slam champions have graced this space. Bring your words and join in. Or sit back and soak up the lyrical atmosphere. Either way, get on down to Waddy – jamming good poetry in Durham City since 2009.

ANN PORRO lives in Newcastle. One of the best live poets on the circuit during the previous decade, she took a long sabbatical from the stage whilst staying close to literature via her day job at the amazing Barter Books in Alnwick. Her blend of serious and comical, self-deprecating and celebratory poetry is highly engaging and entertaining. Ann’s collection ‘Letter From an Unknown Dog’ came out on Zebra Publishing in 2013.

LEWIS BROWN is a Newcastle-based poet and spoken word performer who writes horror, comedy, queer-platonic love poems and about any subject that is currently making his ADHD produce the good brain chemicals. Lewis has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Royal Albert Hall, the Scottish National Slam Championships and on BBC Radio Newcastle. He can be found at @ShouldHaveSentAPoet on Instagram.’

MAYIRA THOMAS lives in County Durham. Her writing began three years ago during an inner-transformative journey. In 2021, Mayira was commissioned to write a poem for International Women’s Day. Mayira is founder of Mayfly Coaching–building confidence and resilience in 15–25-year-olds. Mayira has taken part in open mic evenings, the Born Lippy poetry slam and has poems in Bullion Hall Writers Anthology 2022.

Admission Free
Doors Open 7.00pm
Open Floor Slots 7.30pm

Waddington Street Centre, 3 Waddington Street, Durham, DH1 4BG
Near viaduct, behind new students’ accommodation, three mins walk from the bus station.

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