1st Wednesday of the month in person in Chichester

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.


Downstairs at Franco Manca, 1-3 South Street, Chichester PO19 1EH First Wednesday each month, 6pm for a 6:30pm start. We usually finish around 8:30pm.

Come along to hear Poetry & Spoken Word live and also take the opportunity to enjoy Franco Manca’s selection of Pizza, Salads and Light Bites as well as a wide selection of wines, beers, cocktails & spirits, teas, coffees and soft drinks. 

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.

Words Out Loud are very grateful for the support of Local Giving and Magic Little Grants in helping us extend our work in the community, helping people to explore their creative talents and share them with audiences.