Promoting the Literary Arts in Wessex
Promoting the Literary Arts in Wessex

Venue Closures

It is sad that a number of venues have closed due to Covid and lack of footfall. Bridport's Apothecary amongst them.


Jawbone Online has taken over the running of Apothecary Zoom and meet online on the last Monday of every month.

Taking The Mic
Exeter - 3rd Wednesday
Every Month
@ Phoenix Theatre

Other Spoken Word Events

Spork! - Exeter

Rainbow Fish Speakeasy - Yeovil

Rhyme and Reason - Bath

Poetry Swindon - Swindon

Fire River Poets - Taunton

Poetika - Salisbury

Milk Poetry - Bristol

Raise The Bar - Bristol

Various Days Every Month

check the links to social media.

Spoken Word or Literary Events 

If you would like us to help spread the word of your literary event, spoken word event, book launch or news item drop us a line or call us and we will see how we can help.

Wessex Media... New Publications

New Publications from Wessex Media


Wessex Media are pleased to be the publishing agent for The Jawbone Collective. They have a plan to publish twelve unpublished poets over the next two years. They recently published one Wiltshire and two Devon Poets; Estelle Phillips from Salisbury, Tia Meraki from North Devon and Kate Gold from Dartmoor. Both Devon poets have been headline performers at Taking The Mic at The Exeter Phoenix. Estelle Phillips has been featured on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio a number of times since publication in September. She has also been confirmed as second place winner in The Yeovil Literary Prize for her Novel..


Wessex Media have just finished working on a collection of Short Fiction and Poetry from the Bridport writers group Storytraders. To be released in November 2022, 'A Jurassic Omnibus' offers a literary journey through some of the beautiful locations in West Dorset.

Two other authors are currently in discussions with the founding editor of Jawbone and we hope to release additional news when schedules are confirmed.

Bridport's 'Apothecary' spoken word event

It is with much sadness that we confirm the last physical performance of Bridport's long standing spoken word event took place at the beginning of April. Founded more than six years ago it was a much loved event on our spoken word calendar. Founded by Ged Duncan, Rob Casey and Tom Rogers, Apothecary has been a great platform for many writers and performers from West Dorset and beyond.


The Jawbone Collective will continue to run Zoom Apothecary as Jawbone Online and will also launch a new event called Jawbone in Lyme Regis at The Galley Cafe, date TBC.


You can find out about current events with WitA who meet in Dorchester at 

Published in 2022
by Wessex Media

Motherhoodlum - Estelle Phillips 

Eight Buzzards Rising - Kate Gold

Home in Our Own Skins - Tia Meraki

I'm in Love With My Barista - Peter Roe


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