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Bedford Events 2017

Forgive me website, for I have sinned, and not updated thee for pretty much a year. I won't bother with my excuses - though I have them. So to begin a near-flurry(!) of posts let me mention some events in Bedford which are coming up. Ouse Muse is still alive and kicking. We have five more dates … [Read more...]

Bedford Events 2016

January - time to remind you of the roster of forthcoming events for 2016. Ouse Muse will be back with its usual mix of open mic and guest poet(s). Usually the third Wednesday of the month, dates and guests for the 2016 first half Jan 20th, Janet Sutherland Feb 17th,  Julia Bird Mar … [Read more...]

Bedford Events 2015/16

Here's an update on a pretty packed poetry events calendar for the next season in Bedford. Ouse Muse is back, starting on 16th September, in a new venue, The Auction Room bar, 1 Duke St, 7.45pm. Our guest poet will be Richard Frost and as usual plenty of open mic slots. Same time same place for … [Read more...]

Bedford: a poetry town?

It is remarkable how the live poetry calendar in Bedford has progressed over the last few years. The regular monthly roster now includes the Poetry Cafe, Ouse Muse, the Swan Theatre Poetry Nights and Pass On a Poem. Less frequent or occasional events have also blossomed - the Poetry Lunchbox, … [Read more...]

Ouse Muse: New Season News

Ouse Muse: 2015 Ouse Muse is Bedford's premier regular poetry open mic evening. We alternate between Thursday and Wednesday nights with guest readers but always plenty of open mic time. Monthly, but we take August and December off. £3 audience £2 if performing. All events 8pm start, sign up for … [Read more...]

Events June 2014

We are drawing to the close of the Ouse Muse season for 2013/14 but there is one last chance to join us - for a special Australian celebration - on the 19th (8pm, Harpur's, MK40 2RD). Over on the Ouse Muse page (under the events tab in the headline navigation) you will find the emerging details of … [Read more...]

Ouse Muse March 2014

The next Ouse Muse will be on Wednesday March 19th, when we are joined by guest poet Marianne Burton. Marianne's poems have been widely published in magazines and her first full collection appeared from Seren in 2013 to considerable critical acclaim. The book, She inserts the Key, has been … [Read more...]

Events for Autumn 2013

Well here we are again, Autumn chill in the air and time to huddle around and warm ourselves by the little guttering candle of poetry. In other words here's some events folks. The new Ouse Muse season kicks off on 19th Sept with a regular open mic at Harpur's in Bedford, 8pm in the cellar. After … [Read more...]

One Year of Open Mics

So after all those years saying 'why isn't there a poetry scene in Bedford?' now there is - at least a bit. First of all thanks to all those who have supported Ouse Muse, and our good friends at the Poetry Cafe sessions, over the last season. We've had 9 open mics, with audiences between 10 and 30, … [Read more...]

Forthcoming Events May-July

A quick roundup of events I'll be taking part in over the next few months. Apart from the regular Ouse Muses (16th May and 20th June) you'll find me reading in the following venues. 8th May Hammer and Tongue Cambridge where I will try my hand at slamming for only the third time. 15th May Barbican … [Read more...]