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

Bridport - 2nd Tuesday
Every Month
@ Beach & Barnicott


Wordmakers & Silencebreakers
Bournemouth - 2nd Tuesday
Every Other Month
@ Chaplins Cellar Bar



Exeter - 1st Wednesday
Every Month
@ Little Drop of Poison

Fire River Poets
Taunton - First Thursday
Every Month

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

Rhyme and Reason
Bath - 4th Wednesday
Every Month

Stanza Extravaganza
Totnes - 4th Monday
Every Month

Other Spoken Word Events

Milk Poetry - Bristol
Raise The Bar - Bristol

Poetry Swindon - Swindon

Poetika - Salisbury
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.

Technology Bytes Back - Peter Roe

Peter Roe lives in Bridport on the Jurassic Coast but was born and raised a ‘Northern Lad’ in Buxton in the Peak District. He is a poet, writer, film-maker and self confessed nerd who likes to shatter peoples misconceptions about computer geeks and anoraks!


Many of Peter’s poems come out of that bit of the world where technology meets people and the mayhem that follows. In this, his debut collection he also turns his attention to Dr Roberts, Mary Anning, Judge Jeffreys, tractors, moustaches, mental illness, medicine, diets, food, nature and impossible cats.


Peter has been The Deputy Bard of Caer Dur (Dorchester) and has been actively ‘slamming’ on the South-West poetry circuit. He was a finalist in the Apples and Snakes South-West Slam in 2018, Long listed in the 'Writing Without Limits' category for The Yeovil Literary Prize 2017 and winner of The Western Gazette Best Local Writer 2017 for his poem War of The Words.

Published: 7th September 2018.
Price UK £8.00 post free to UK addresses.

Available from this website... also
At Bridport Book Shop, South Street, Bridport Museum,
Lyme Regis Museum, Charmouth Heritage Centre.

March 2019: We are thrilled to hear that the actress Kate Winslett read out the poem 'Mary Anning' which features in this book, to the members of the cast and crew on the set of Ammonite when it was being filmed in Lyme Regis. 

APOTHECARY on Facebook

Apothecary are a Poetry and Spoken Word Open Mic event that meet at The Beach & Barnicott in Bridport on the second Tuesday of each month. You can find out the latest happenings for The Apothecary at


There is currently no website or facebook for Harbour Poets but they meet in the Mulberry Room, Weymouth Library on the First Tuesday of each month (excluding August and October) between 2 and 4pm.


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

BLACK VEN - Open Mics and Workshops

Black Ven is a series of poetry events taking place across West Dorset, hosted by Sarah Acton, Poet in Residence for The Jurassic Coast.

Search "Black Ven Poetry" on facebook.

Recent Publications by
Wessex based writers

Technology Bytes Back - Peter Roe

Sakura by Miriam San Marco. Sometimes you will hear a piece of music that makes the hairs on your arms stand up and pay attention. It is very rare when poetry can have that effect but this debut collection does just that. I have rarely seen this poet perform so to be invited inside her mind via this seminal collection is an absolute privilege. Apart from a beautiful cover that only hints at what lies inside, I can promise you a tour de force of word smithery by a writer who is a master of her craft. She has the ability to take your emotions, twist them, tie them in little knots and steal your heart while you are looking the other way. This collection has brought tears to my eyes... BRAVO!
>>Click here or the image above to buy your own copy of this book<<

Forty Fantastic Foils from the rapier wit of Michael Forte... A bunch of tales and poems ranging form the surreal and fantastic to comic and reflective. Look, I can't tell you very much about the tales without spoiling the fun. I have heard this chap perform some of these live and he is a delight. Whats even better is they read well on the page too. If you are going to pack one book for a holiday then make it this one. Dip in and dip out for these lovely short tales.... Even a Millennial could handle it!

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