Tuesday 6 July 2021

Hello poets and poetry fans!

It's been a long time since we've been able to gather together and share poetry, so I'm delighted to tell you that Frome Festival 2021 will feature a Frome Poetry Cafe on ECOS, on Tuesday 6 July, from 8pm-9.30.

As some of you will know, the Garden Cafe isn't available to us as a venue anymore so it's wonderful news that we've been invited to put on this event in the Merlin amphitheatre, which will be specially adapted for performance during the ten days of Festival. As always, the Open Mic will be there for your original poems, and local poet & international sensation Liv Torc will be our Special Guest. There won't be a poet laureate award this year, but there will be spot prizes... and another tradition has been maintained: no advance tickets, just donate £5 (more if you want!) on the night.

This event is as always, a turn-up-on- the-night event, continuing in the tradition of the Poetry Society's iconic poetry cafe in London. As usual, the 'Open Mic' will be a big feature: Readers will have an actual mic & overhead protection, but audience won't be covered so bring whatever rugs, cushions & umbrellas as you feel you might need.

And do bring your poems! There's no Festival Poet Laureate certificate this year but Hunting Raven Books and Frome Wholefoods have promised random awards tbd on the night and our 'Guest Poet' will be the talented, dynamic, and all-round awesome Liv Torc.  Liv has long been a  Frome shero for her performances and events and now her HAIFLU concept has spread her name & fame, so we are really lucky to relaunch with such an absolute gem of a performer. Do spread the word, and come on 26th July with your poems for what should be a sensational return of the Poetry Cafe to Frome.

The stage will be covered, but as always with productions at this venue, audience seating is open to the elements, so prepare to come equipped... but the bar and toilets within the building will both be available.

The Poetry Cafe in Frome Somerset, began during the first Frome Festival in 2001 and became a regular and popular event on the first Monday of alternative months. Contact

Frome is a town of enormous charm, with its steep, winding streets, its wealth of beautiful old buildings and its friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

It has more listed buildings than any other town in Somerset and remains the biggest of the five Mendip towns. Frome is renowned for its thriving Arts community and boasts a high number of resident authors, poets and performance artists.

Older than Bath (13 miles north), its history dates from AD685, when St Adhelm founded a mission on the River Frome. The town has largely escaped extensive redevelopment, and is an ideal touring base for the many attractions of the area


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