Our Poetry Open Mic Night returns to Bread + Roses on North Parade, offering a platform to young poets aged 14-19.

This is a supportive and welcoming night of poetry for young people hosted by Bradford poet, Kirsty Taylor. Book a slot in advance, or come along on the night and see how you feel. No previous experience is necessary, whether you are a regular on the Northern poetry scene or have never performed in public before, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your work, try something new, or just have fun.

Theresa Lola, the 2019/2020 Young People’s Laureate for London, will join us to get this evening of open-mic poetry off to a flying start. Theresa will be with us all evening to offer inspiration, feedback and advice.

Young people under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Parents, caregivers and friends are welcome to come along for support! The cafe will be open for refreshments.


If you’d like to book a performance slot, please contact us at:


01274 238525 (from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday – Friday)

Pop in at Bread + Roses on North Parade to book in person.

Please note that slots are 5 minutes long. Depending on availability, you may book up to 2 consecutive slots per evening.


This is a B-Lit event, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

With special thanks to the Bread + Roses team for facilitating the use of their fantastic community venue.

About The Poet

Theresa Lola

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, currently the Young People’s Laureate for London. Her debut full length poetry collection In Search of Equilibrium was published in February 2019. Theresa was the joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize, and her poem Portrait of Us As Snow White was highly commended for the 2016 Charles Causley Competition.  She won the  2017 Hammer and Tongue National Slam after a two-day finale at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed across the UK and internationally.

About The Host

Kirsty Taylor

Kirsty is a teacher and writer from Bradford. Winner of BBC Verb New Voices, she has shared her work on Radio 3 along with festivals and events across the country. Passionate about people and fascinated by their stories, Kirsty gives real insight into the lives of others through her rhythmical style.