It was a great line up this month at Stirchley Speaks. This ever popular packed-out spoken word event is attracting such a crowd, they now have to choose performers by raffle!

That said, I had the chance to have a slot and showcased two new pieces of my writing. For some reason, which was not intentional, they each seemed to have the common theme of ‘fly’. Though only one was literally about a fly. In fact, it’s a fly’s-eye view of a celebrity viewed from the buckle of their Gucchi bag! I won’t say here who the celebrity is, but the story was very well received.

Headliners Philippa Zawe, Rhi Storer and Danni Ebanks-Ingram dazzled. I especially loved the soulful songs of Birmingham based singer-songwriter Philippa Zawe. Her voice is pure as a bell and it is clear to hear the influences of Joni Mitchell in her songs, which are all based on her own personal stories.

That is what makes Stirchley Speaks such an engaging show. People don’t just come to perform. They come to share their experiences of love and life with us all because the crowd here is always warm and supportive.

Hosts Callum Bate and Jess Davies did a wonderful job in creating a great audience/performer relationship.

Loved it!