Poetry night reads well

John Togher
John Togher

WHILE it seems a quiet one this week for music, sample some poetry from local writers instead.

Write Out Loud (WOL) will take place next Thursday at the Tudor House Hotel.

The open mic nights, which are run by local poet John Togher, give Wigan writers the opportunity to recite or read their own work. Elaine Booth-Leigh is one of the poets who attends the monthly session.

She said: “At WOL, there is a band of loyal regulars, but everyone is very welcome.

“People turn up around 8pm, and the person who is compering will take names of those wishing to perform, read or recite in order to devise a running order. The WOL nights are also open for people who just want to hear others, and generally soak up the excellent atmosphere that is the WOL Tudor night.

“Those who haven’t written anything are most welcome, as sometimes those who come to listen, not read, end up writing and reading later on down the line.”

The event starts at 8pm, and usually continues until around 11pm, with an interval at around 9pm.

Write Out Loud takes place the second Thursday of every month, and has free admission.

Elaine added: “As you can imagine, the evening gets a little more raucous after the break as the beer goes down, but there is always a good-natured crowd, and those of a more nervous disposition, like me, should not be put off.

“It is a very warm and welcoming crowd who are very supportive to new people – I know, as two years ago I was new.”

More information can be found on Facebook or via www.writeoutloud.net.