A monthly open mic event, hitting The Poetry Cafe every 3rd Thursday.
With a focus on socio-political discourse and hip-hop, featuring a relaxed and welcoming vibe hosted by a collective of 5 poets. The event aims to create a space in which those without a voice or platform can become comfortable delivering their message to a diverse audience.
Vol. 10 features!
Esi, also known as Miss Yankey, is a British/Ghanaian Performance Poet; Founder of Poetry Prescribed; Co-host, and Resident Poet at The Chocolate Poetry Club; and Partner at Mind Over Matter. As a performance Poet, Esi has graced stages at The Royal Albert Hall, The Tate Modern Gallery, Althorp Literary Festival, Leefest, The Lambeth Country Show, and many more. She captivates her audiences with her honest and heartfelt poetry; often speaking up on behalf of the oppressed and silenced. Esi began writing poetry as a child, and carried her love of writing into adulthood. Upon learning more about the therapeutic benefits of poetry and creative writing, she realised that she had been unknowingly using poetry as a therapy for many, many years. Combining her love of poetry, with her knowledge of holistic therapy, and passion for mental health awareness; Esi founded Poetry Prescribed in 2017, with the primary aim of improving people’s mental health and well being using poetry and creative writing.
Bella Cox is an international performance poet, vocalist, writer and workshop facilitator now based in London. Her work often touches on topics such as gender and sexual identity, relationships and their consequences and the notion of belonging. She consistently develops her craft as a member of four esteemed UK poetry collectives and can be found performing at poetry events across the UK. Bella earned the title of Queen of the Mic for Word n Sound 2016-17 in South Africa and went on to be published in various anthologies and heard on S.A. national radio. She gave her first TEDx talk and performance in Pretoria on the necessity of self-reflection through poetry before moving to London in 2017 where she now manages and hosts two monthly open mic