We’ve had some great times at Yes We Cant over the past two years, and last night’s poetry shindig was right up there with the best. It was one of those special evenings where everything fell perfectly into place. Narwhal notepads for competition winners (and how many poetry nights offer that?), a VAR decision on an open-mic poem, a stuffed rabbit collecting loose change for charity, and a Captain Morgan pint glass redistributing wealth. Phew.
As if that wasn’t enough, we also had the launch of the first ever Hundred Club poetry pamphlet – congratulations Jane James!! – and a headline set from Ben Davis which was just off the scale. Utterly superb. Clever. Witty. Hilarious. Poetry delivered at a hundred miles an hour, and then some. Turns out this was Ben’s first ever headline poetry gig. All we can say is that poetry promoters should be queueing up to offer him more. And to book Jane, too. You won’t regret it, they’re both ace.
Great things are happening in a Black Country back-street boozer, and we’re chuffed to bits about it. Get yourselves over to Walsall in October for more Yes We Cant magic. It might just change your life.
It seems only yesterday that we sat in a pub over a beer or three (or four) and had the bright idea of setting up a regular poetry night in Walsall, and to be honest we’re not entirely sure where the time’s gone. But this month, Yes We Cant is two years old.
That’s two years of bringing top-notch poetry and spoken word to our part of the Black Country, and it’s all been done without any kind of funding. What’s more, we took the conscious decision that Yes We Cant (like so many of the nights we put on) would be a pay-as-you-feel event, so that anyone could turn up, take a seat, and give poetry a try.
It’s not only worked, it’s worked splendidly. We’ve brought poets like Johnny Fluffypunk, Brenda Read-Brown, and Elvis McGonagall to the function room of a real ale pub (who’ve supported what we’re doing from day one, thanks) and packed that room out. We’ve had excellent support slots from poets as diverse as Nellie Cole, Casey Bailey, and Paul Francis, all with books to sell. We’ve given a platform to a huge number of local poets who’ve stepped up behind the mic for the first time at Yes We Cant, got bitten by the performance bug, and come back again and again and again.
And now, we are two. This Sunday we’ll be celebrating as only the pandemonialists can. So come along to the Pretty Bricks for another night of great entertainment, for inclusive, exciting, top-notch word wizardry. Our headliner will be the effervescent Joe Cook, while Graham Attenborough travels in from Shrewsbury to take the ‘Alf Ender slot. If you’ve never been before, drop in, we’d love to see you. All of you are welcome. Again and again and again.
Did you all have a nice Summer? Are you tanned and relaxed and ready for what the autumn will throw in your face? At PPP, we’re ready for anything Autumn launches in our direction thanks to Yes, We Cant. Yes, after our Summer hiatus we bring you the excellent Rob Barratt headlining. Rob will be bringing his unique word-play and satire for the bronzed and serene Walsall audience.
To top that, in our ‘alf ender slot we have superb poet and all round good egg Nina Lewis. She’s also been Worcestershire Poet Laureate so wear a nice hat or something.
And as usual four open mic slots will be up for grabs on the night, we’ll have our eight-line poetry competition and the bar will serve outrageously good beer and ridiculously cheap cobs.
How much will all this cost? It’s free. Although, we do have a donation bucket (a Communist Hat of Wealth Re-distribution).
It all kicks off on 2nd September 2018 at The Pretty Bricks, John Street, Walsall. WS2 8AF. Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Even better we’re usually done for half nine so you can go home and wash the autumnal breeze out of your hair.