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A new chapter for Dagenham open mic

PUBLISHED: 12:16 28 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:16 28 September 2015

Poetry open mike night at Dagenham Library as part of the Barking and Dagenham Council reading festival, ReadFest 2015

Poetry open mike night at Dagenham Library as part of the Barking and Dagenham Council reading festival, ReadFest 2015

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Spoken word reverberated around Dagenham Library at the venue’s first poetry open mic night.

Amateur artists performed alongside published poets at the annual ReadFest event, including London-based poet Daljit Natra, who recited from his collections.

“We just want to encourage local people to come and do what they do best,” said team member Heather Pope.

“It’s really laid-back, there’s no pressure at at all.”

The open mic session has been running for three years, and includes an annual Dagenham’s Got Talent show. Thursday’s event was the first such event with poetry.

“We were pleased with the turnout of poets, but we’d love to see more performers and audience,” said team leader Vince Thomas.

“Anything goes – you can sing, recite a poem, read from a story you are writing, tell a joke, do a whole stand-up routine, juggle, conjure a bit of magic.”

The open mike runs at Dagenham Library on the last Thursday of every month, from 6.30pm. Email vince.thomas@lbbd.gov.uk for more information.


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