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Open mic: Heartspoken Word open mic night 

Thursday 16th November 2023 , 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Calling poets, lovers and strangers! Heartspoken Word are back for their fourteenth open mic in London and third event held within the walls of the Nunnery Gallery.

Come along to a relaxed, intimate coming together of open mic-ers, poetry headliners, and live performances inspired by this year’s Bow Open show curated by Chila Burman and the theme of the evening ‘Courage at Knifepoint’: 

And when you look at it,  

Do you look straight into its eyes? 



“We hope.  

We despair.  

We hope.  

We despair.  

That is what governs us.  

We have a bipolar system.” 

– Maira Kalman 

This event is open to poets of all levels of experience – whether it’s your first time reading or you’re a seasoned pro – as well as to those who want to simply listen in and enjoy the performances.  

The evening will also feature readings from some familiar faces in London’s spoken word, poetry, and open mic scenes, as well as some special live performances.  

We have a limited number of slots for open mic-ers to book in advance, so we highly recommend doing so if you would definitely like to perform. But, we will also have a few slots available for folks to sign up during the event itself! 

£3.50 for both audience members and performers!
181 Bow Road
London, E3 2SJ United Kingdom
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More about Heartspoken Word 

Heartspoken Word is an intimate spoken word, poetry, and open mic night first emerged at former social café, Ziferblat. A space where both established and amateur poets share the mic, Heartspoken Word’s nights allow readers and listeners to explore topics free from limitations or boundaries. Previous nights have centred on themes including exploration, impressions, healing, time of changes, as well as a special edition around city and nature which was held at an art installation at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of the London Architecture Festival in 2018.   

More about Maliha Haider  

Founder Heartspoken word. Maliha is a London based facilitator, writer and translator. Her writing journey yearns to find home in objects, people and places. 

Access information    

The Nunnery Gallery has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.  Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.     

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)    

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a table near the entrance) or anything else you can think of!  

Transport Information    

Opening hours: Mon-Friday, 9am to 5pm    
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ    
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.    
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.    
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.