About Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud aims to foster the enjoyment and benefits of the spoken word in Chichester, West Sussex and through connections with like minded projects and initiatives online in other parts of the UK and around the world.

We currently run a monthly Open-Mic night at Wagtail Coffee and Yoga in Chichester on the 1st Wednesday of every month and a monthly Featured Reader Open-Mic on Zoom on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, where we are joined by friends and writers from the United States and other parts of the world.




Featured Readers

On Zoom

Writing Workshops



Curated Readings




Outdoor Events 



Poetry Slams


On Zoom & In-Person



Online & In-Person

Poetry Slams


On Zoom & In-Person

In the beginning was the word

During the national lockdowns in the UK it became clear to a small group of local writers that there were no live Spoken Word events in the local area; and although there were groups sharing poetry in text form on websites, no-one was using video meeting software like Zoom. One of the most powerful things about poetry, and indeed other writing is, what happens to the reader and listener when the words are read out loud. 

Something alchemical can happen when a writer reads out their own creations. Somehow, the power and intent from the initial moments of writing can be conveyed. Even more interestingly, often someone can hear something entirely different to what the writer intended and so the words begin a new life in those who hear.

We strongly felt there were probably more writers like us who would welcome the opportunity to join with others and read their work out loud using Zoom video meetings, especially in the days and weeks of isolation looming ahead for us all.

And so the seeds for Words Out Loud were sown. We decided to form a Charitable Trust, better to generate the funding we would need to meet our goals and aspirations and to enable the range of projects that we have in mind to come to fruition.

We’re now moving on to the next phase of our development with exciting plans for curated performance readings, writing workshops, competitions and poetry slams as well as our regular monthly open-mic events in-person at Wagtail Coffee & Yoga in Chichester and on Zoom with our International friends from around the world.

Our Story

Word Up

Dec 2020

First Zoom Open-Mic ‘Chichester Zooms’

Our very first Zoom Poetry Open-Mic is held with attendees from Chichester, West Sussex, California and Mexico 

Jan 2021

Wagtail Coffee & Yoga Poetry Competition

Our first poetry compeition on the theme of ‘Locked Down but not Locked Out’ draws an excellent response from local residents. Winners read at a special Zoom event.

May 2021

First Zoom Featured Reader Event

Words Out Loud forms as a Charitable Trust and our first Featured Reader Zoom event with Open-Mic to follow takes palce with local poet Tina McNaughton sharing a selection of her work.

June 2021

In-Person Open-Mic launches at Wagtail Coffee & Yoga

With lockdown restrictions lifting, we gather in person for the first time at our regular monthly Open-Mic held at Wagtail Coffee and Yoga, in Chichester.