Our Free

Open-Mic Events

1st Wednesday of the month at Wagtail Coffee & Yoga, 3rd Wednesday on Zoom

Words Out Loud holds regular scheduled readings
where everyone is welcome
to come and read a poem or piece of prose.


It doesn’t matter if this is the first piece you have written or whether you are a seasoned pro, you will find a warm and supportive welcome as you share your work with us out loud.


If speaking out loud is not your thing just come along to listen and enjoy the readings with everyone.


Wagtail Coffee and Yoga, Church Square Chichester; First Wednesday each month starting at 6:30pm.
Come along to hear Poetry live and also take the opportunity to enjoy Coffee, Soft drinks, Wine, Beer and Mead.

Online using the Zoom platform. Third Wednesday each month starting at 6:30pm. There will always be a featured reader followed by an Open Mic at this popular event.

We also welcome readers from the USA, Mexico, Canada and other parts of the UK.


Zoom room opens at 6:30pm, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Hosted by Ken Jones

Ken Jones

Ken Jones Hosts: Chichester Zooms

Graduate of University of Birmingham (1970, BSc Chemistry) and
Institute of Education London University (1971 PGCE)

Has been an Education professional between 1971 and 2020.

Worked mainly in 6th Form Colleges in England (Esher College, Hill College Southampton, Taunton’s College Southampton and finally as Principal of Spelthorne College Ashford) for 34 years

Worked as a School Improvement Adviser for Wokingham and West Berkshire Councils for 5 years

Worked as a teacher of Physics and Engineering for Oak Park High School, Oak Park California for 8 years

Has been writing poetry in fits and starts since University and is published (mainly in the USA) in a variety of periodicals and magazines (Poetry Quarterly, Pacific Poetry et al) and has a collection published by Prolific Press (“One Step Ahead”, 2017)

Has attended Open Mic poetry readings in Ventura CA since 2014, established Poetry readings in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park Libraries in CA in 2016 and was a founding member and director of Off Main: Ventura County Poetry Project in 2020 (a non profit organisation whose aim is to foster and promote poetry and performing arts in Ventura County and beyond). He has worked with the Poets Laureate of Ventura, Malibu, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo in developing and promoting poetry readings.

Has been the featured reader at Poetry readings in Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Malibu and has performed in Ventura at 5x5x5, a Performance Art event on several occasions in 2016 and 2017 and at The Electric Lodge in Venice CA in 2017.


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.

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


On Zoom

Featured Reader & Open Mic: Piers Rowlandson

Piers is a regular at our Open Mic events on Zoom and in person at Wagtail. He has been writing poetry for pleasure for many years and has also recently published several collections of his work.

On Zoom

Featured Reader & Open Mic: Christine Rowlands

Christine trained as an embroidery teacher and worked in an FE College as a special needs teacher working with adult learners. She has also worked in libraries, for The Lady newspaper and The Daily Telegraph. She currently leads Art workshops for older people at Christ Church Chichester while continuing to enjoy reading and writing poetry.

On Zoom

Featured Reader & Open Mic: Hugh Dunkerly

I have published two collections, Hare and Kin, both with Cinnamon Press. I often write about our relationship with what the philosopher David Abram calls ‘the more-than-human world’, with which we are inextricably bound. I teach at the University of Chichester, where I run the MA in Creative Writing.

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