We are excited to be hosting a Write Club Open Mic listening box in our Reading Room in Peterborough.
The “Write Club Open Mic” is a new monthly podcast that celebrates local writers alongside voices from around the world. “Write Club Open Mic” is hosted by Mark Grist, former Peterborough Poet Laureate, Chief Bard of the Fens, writer, performer, and educator. Each episode is set with a theme and will feature work from writers that Mark has encountered, as well as submissions.
The listening box is a unique opportunity for people to listen and submit your own poems, stories, and other pieces of writing to feature in future episodes. Listeners can also expect to learn writing tips and techniques, set targets, learn more about funding routes, and tap into the wider writing communities that exist around the world. The project is supported by the National Centre for Writing and Arts Council England and will offer a range of benefits to local people who are interested in writing.
Mark says ‘“I’m excited about this project – as with any ‘open mic’ we just don’t know what to expect. Listeners will send their own work in & anyone is welcome. We’re hoping to mix the excitement and energy you get an open mic with lots of helpful tips & tricks throughout if you have ever thought about writing something, a poem or a rap or a story, but you’re struggling to get started – this is the podcast for you.”
The listening box was made by James Lovell at Smallacre Woodwork & Carpentry. If you’d like to submit work to the series you can send audio and text files to firstname.lastname@example.org or just pop into Chauffers’ Cottage, write your piece on a card and drop it in the hole at the top of the listening box.
Alongside the project there are a ser,ies of online writing workshops to support anyone that’s interested in taking part but not sure what to write about. There are 20 places on each workshop at £5 a ticket. You’ll go away from each workshop with a finished piece or work in progress that you could submit for the broadcast.
You can check out the podcast here.