Open-Mic at Wagtail

Join us for our regular in-person Open-Mic event at Wagtail Coffee and Yoga in Chichester, West Sussex. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month. The event is free to attend and open to anyone. Come along and read some of your own poetry, a published poem or even read some prose. Wagtail serve excellent coffee and there is also organic and vegan beer and wine available.

You can now reserve your free spot at our regular monthly Open-Mic using Eventbrite. Booking your free place will help us and Wagtail plan accordingly. 

Visit the Wagtail Coffee & Yoga website for info on the location etc.

On Zoom
On Zoom

Featured Reader & Open Mic: Stephanie Norgate

Stephanie Norgate is a poet and playwright. Her plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. For many years, she ran the MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University and is now a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She edited an international collection of essays, Poetry and Voice (CSP, 2012) and Winchester Poetry Festival’s Chalk Poets Anthology (Sarsen Press, 2015). In 2016, she completed a study of poetry trails for South Downs National Park. As a translator, she has contributed to Modern Poetry in Translation and the MPT anthology, Centres of Cataclysm (Bloodaxe Books/MPT, 2016). Her chapter about the imagery of the house in her poetry appears in Architectural Space and the Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Her three collections of poetry with Bloodaxe are Hidden River (2008), which was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, The Blue Den (2012) and The Conversation (2021).

Author photo: Michael Chevis


Upcoming Events: Featured Readers on Zoom

On Zoom

Featured Reader & Open Mic: Jane Metcalfe

Jane Metcalfe began her working life in a variety of jobs, as night-club hostess, antiquarian bookseller and record shop assistant, before discovering she could sing. After studying at the Royal College of Music, Jane pursued a successful career as an Opera singer, notably as a principal singer with the D’Oyly Carte Opera and major opera houses in the UK. Following a brush with cancer she changed direction for a few years, working as an advocate for holistic approaches to cancer. She taught singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 30 years, working with students of acting, music therapy and performance and communication skills.

As writer and community workshop leader in East Sussex Jane has facilitated numerous creative reminiscence projects, written plays and monologues and led writing workshops. She is co-founder of The ParkinSongsters, a choir for people with Parkinson’s. From an early age she has had an abiding interest in all matters pertaining to consciousness and has helped teachers in this field from America and England to present their work in the UK and Ireland. Jane has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University. She has one son and lives opposite the sea in St Leonards on Sea where she teaches singing and writes.

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On Zoom

Featured Reader & Open Mic: Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy’s poetry has appeared widely in magazines and online and his new collection ‘Key to the Highway’ has just been published by Shoestring Press. Chris is in LiTTLe MACHiNe, performing their settings of famous poems.

‘The greatest poetry & music band in the world’

(Carol Ann Duffy)