Come and perform your poems at the Poets’ Church and follow in the footsteps of Byron, Shelley, Milton and Andrew Marvell – all associated with this iconic building.
There’s a loose theme to today’s open mic: MANCHESTER – but don’t worry if you don’t have a poem on that theme – just bring your lovely poems – all poems and all people welcome.
Hosted by The Poetry Society’s Paul McGrane. No booking required, just turn up. Sign up between 2.30 and 3 to read. Free. Donations for wine.
St Giles-in-the-Fields, 60 St Giles High Street, London, WC2H 8LG – just a very short walk from Tottenham Court Road tube. Known as ‘The Poets’ Church’. Poet John Milton’s daughter Mary was baptised in the Gothic brick building in 1647. Two memorials inside the church commemorate George Chapman, the translator of Homer (buried outside) and politician and poet Andrew Marvell. The children of the poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein) were also baptised here.
- Take EXIT 4 (Charing Cross Road)
- Follow the pedestrian signs and after a few yards cross at the traffic lights
- Turn left
- At the traffic lights, cross the road and head for Denmark Street – just a few yards ahead (Note that Denmark Place is before this but it’s cut off)
- Go up Denmark Street – the church is at the end of it, on the right