Freeway Poets, Bournemouth

Freeway Poets in Bournemouth galvanises the creative community

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Freeway Poets, Bournemouth

Poetry, spoken word, street poetry, live illustrators and art are being pulled together for a vibrant monthly event in Bournemouth called Freeway Poets.

Word of mouth has been turning Freeway Poets into a growing success, not only with a the strong and rising audience but with those taking part being inspired to do gigs around the country, enter (and win) poetry slams, have art exhibitions and write and publish books.

The event itself of a headline poet, which have included Polarbear, Dizraeli, Kate Tempest, Rachel Rose Reid and Raymond Antrobus.

“Then there is two or three guest local poets who are people who have come along to the night and used the open mic stage to get up and tell there poetry too,” organiser Louise Keeley told ArtsCulture.

“I ask them to come back another month with a longer set and be a guest to help promote their talent.”

There is also the live art side to the evening. Up to five local artists are called on to use use 8ft by 4ft boards on stage and around the room and create live art about what the poets on stage are saying.

On top of this, paper is provided for people to write their own poetry, which is collected at the end of the event and turned into monthly poetry and art books.

Freeway Poets is creating a real buzz, not only to Bournemouth – word is spreading around the country.

The next event takes place at the creative arts and live music venue, The Winchester in Bournemouth, on Wednesday, June 1 from 7pm. Be warned, it has a circus theme and entry is £4 (NUS £3). For more information, email