SpokenWord open mic/scène ouvert Mondays/lundi

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list. 

Drop one euro in the hat to support the night, the magazine, this community.

SpokenWord dates & themes 
Aug 25th – We’ll meet au Chat Noir & go to the Bal Populaire to join in celebrations of the liberation of Paris. 
Sept 1st – SILENCE; Special guest: Steve Dalachinsky
Sept 8th – PESTS; Special guest: Dick Lourie
Sept 15th – Relaunch of THE BASTILLE 3 Interesting Times
…………(readings by folks in the magazine)
Sept 22nd – SABBOTAGE
Oct 5th – I WISH WE’D STOLEN THAT DOG. You have to include this phrase somewhere in what you read.

The Other Writers’ Group:
6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday even in July & August
 at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. An excellent feedback workshop for 6 euros. Description Join us afterwards for happy hour at The Gentleman, 1 bis rue Hautefeuille, 75006, behind place St Michel.

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Monday 11: Spoken Word Paris goes squatting…

Cat & HatLike every other Monday during the summer Spoken Word Paris goes flaneuring and exploring the City. For Monday 11 we decided to accept the invitation by our old-young friend and fellow performer HLN (you might remember her French Impro Poems) to her squat in VilleJuif-Aragon. Being a squat and very informal place, you are allowed and even invited to bring your own bottles and drinks, but there is also a small bar. Let’s go and discover this underground venue:

6 Rue Jean Prouvé. Metro: Villejuif-Louis Aragon deep down on line 7.

I know for someone might look like a trip into the great unknown, and technically it is, so for the ones who are free early and want to take this trip all together, we can gather and sign up since 7pm into another picturesque place of Paris: Les Arènes Des Lutèce. a Roman amphitheater built during the 1st Century AD. Les Arènes Des Lutèce. Map link at the bottom.

I’ll be there, look for me. (Alberto) We gonna leave around 8pm taking the metro line 7 in place Monge towards the terminus Villejuif – Louis Aragon.


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SpokenWeird 4th Aug au Chat Noir: NIghtmares/les cauchemars


Be there or be damned!
Sign up from 8pm until poetics begin around 8.45pm
Au Chat Noir
76 r Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Metro Parmentier

Alberto under the hat because I’m in Italie…

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Spoken Word Paris July 21: Paranoia!

Pictures by Steve. This is just a selection. Check the full album here or on his blog.

Spoken Word Paris summer edition! It means every two weeks. July 21: we had Bethany Rose, special guest from London and many other guests for all over the world. It was a fund-rising night for Matthew Lancit’s project “Flaneurs – Street Rambles” and we watch a few clips from it. It was also last Spoken Word Night for Gabriel, Lucy and Beatrice. But come next Monday for a flaneur’s wandering Goodbye party where you can hug them one more time. Spoken Word Paris in its original formula comes back in two weeks, on August 4th. Theme: NIGHTMARES!

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What’s this for?

What’s this for? This SpokenWord? this space? this crowd? these listeners? What?
For a safe space to speak
held so by how we are
A place to say my truth, your truth
try to work out a bit of life lived
& get at what it’s about
A place to be vulnerable
A safe place

No goal beyond this.
No rat race here.
Rats! Seek elsewhere!
No suck-cess
here its pull is stilled
Here is for the deeper meeting
with no reason
but to be

What’s this for?
What’s SpokenWord for?
It’s for something bigger than chasing fame or money
It’s for a moment of listening to the echoes of your deepest living
in the words of someone else
shared at risk

What’s this for?
It’s not about money
it’s more important than that
And though we all have only 5 minutes
we’re off the clock
in this safe space

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Photo report from SpokenWord of 21.7.2014 – Paranoia

paranoiaThanks to Steve Nahaj for the photos. Full album here. Paranoia? Marie Baby’s not paranoid. We got in touch with our inner White Bitch with our guest Bethany Rose’s electrifying poem about teaching in inner London. Watched extracts of Matthew Lancit’s upcoming film Flâneurs – Street Rambles. And much more. See you Monday for SpokenWord goes Walkabout… or, Goodbye Gabriel, Lucy and Beatrice. Cheers all, David.

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SpokenWord goes Walkabout… or Goodbye Gabriel, Lucy & Beatrice

A SpokenWord truly in the spirit of the flaneur!


We’ll meet at the Chat-Noir at 8pm Monday (28th July) as usual. Then we’ll go on a pub crawl stopping at bars to do poetry slots, stories, stand-up, songs, etc as usual. This will either be in the bars or on the street, in squares, beside the canal, etc. We’ll have a mini-amp and microphone. We’ll do it in open spaces and we’ll probably head to the canal.
If it rains, we’ll stay in the Chat Noir.
So – weather permitting, this will be a SpokenWord on the move and pub crawl. Theme: double theme!! We invite you to do stuff on the themes of GOODBYE or THE FLANEUR. (As usual, themes are meant to inspire, only follow them fi you feel like it.)

Meet at the Chat Noir at pm as usual and we’ll go from there, probably setting off about 8.45pm

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

If you can’t find us, didn’t make it to the Chat before we left, sms or call Gabriel and he’ll tell you where we are as we roam around Paris.
Gabriel Gorman 06 42 70 68 45

Cheers all,
David & Alberto

Start at Au Chat Noir:
76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 metro Parmentier/Couronnes

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How to order THE BASTILLE no.3 Interesting Times

Just click on this link:
payal button

If you want back issues or more than one copy, email us at themag.paris AT gmail.com


Interesting Times

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Our magazine – no. 3 now available at Shakespeare & Company

The lit magazine of Spoken Word Paris, an anthology of poetry and prose, has launched its third issue – “Interesting Times.” Get it for ten euors from us or from Shakespeare & Co., Paris. Interesting Times

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Flaneurs – Street Rambles

Alberto, myself and others are in short clips this week from Matthew Lancit’s film Flaneurs – Street Rambles. He’s posting one video everyday this week to raise money to finish the production. They’re really good. Watch, share, make a donation if you can support the project – every donation this week gets a poem from Alberto!! Don’t miss David Sirois’ video that will be posted tomorrow.
For more info and to see all the videos click here.


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Launch of THE BASTILLE no.3 – Interesting Times – 7pm Monday 7th July

Come to the launch party! Meet our Radical Reporters! Free drinks, music to dance to and the new magazine to get hold of! Outside the bookshop Le Mont en l’air, 71 rue de Ménilmontant/2 rue de la Mare. (Métro Ménilmontant then climb the hill; it’s on the left just after the church…) And if it rains we’ll be inside…

We’ll have free drinks but probably best to bring something to drink as well as last year we managed to drink everything.

Launch party
7pm till 11pm
Le Monte en l’air bookshop
71 rue de Ménilmontant/2 rue de la Mare
Métro Ménilmontant

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