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; 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.

Spoken word artist and Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion, Birdspeed, will join us to get this evening of open-mic poetry off to a flying start. Birdspeed 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.


Start: 5pm

Guest Performer: 5pm – 5.20pm

Booked Slots: 5.25pm – 6pm

Break: 6pm – 6.20pm

Open Mic: 6.20pm – 7pm


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

Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa

British born Barbadian raised artist, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa, also known as Birdspeed, is the Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion 2019, the 2019 Hammer and Tongue UK National Slam Champion and a 2019 BBC Words First Finalist. Birdspeed is published in the following anthologies: Alter Egos Anthology (Bad Betty Press, 2019), Use Words First (Own It, 2019) and Words on Windrush (Empoword, 2019).  She has also self-published her first pamphlet Bloom (2019) which is endorsed by Junior Marvin from The Original Wailers.