Regular Literary, Creative Writing and Performance Poetry Events in Cardiff

Will Ford performing at RARAI’ve pulled together a list of all the regular literary events, spoken word gatherings, book launches and poetry performances which take place in Cardiff throughout the year. If I’ve missed any out please let me know, or add your own events via the comments below…    


RARA (aka Rhyme and Real Ale)

RARA performance

Gordon Anderson at RARA (this & above photo by Dave Daggers)

This a regular event (every second Tuesday of the Month) which takes place at the Mackintosh Sports Club in Roath, where anyone is welcome. Everyone is given the chance to stand up and read or perform their work in front of an audience. There is often a mix of poetry, prose and song, and there is always an encouraging atmosphere. Starts at 7.45pm, free entry. See the RARA Facebook group for details.

First Thursdays

Seren organise this regular performance event at Chapter Arts Centre on the first Thursday of every month. They generally feature two of their published writers (sometimes prose, sometimes poetry) followed by an open mic. Starts at 7.30pm, £2.50 entry fee. See the First Thursday Facebook group or Seren’s website for more details. NB. These events don’t take place during the summer.


Bryan Marsall performing at Juke

Bryan Marsall performing at Juke

Juke is organised by local poet and performer Renn Hubbuck-Melly. It is a free open mic performance evening which takes place on the last Wednesday of each month at Cardiff Made  (41 Lochaber St, Roath, CF24 3LS). It is a place for experimental performance with words: poetry, stories, rap… Each event has a featured performer and a theme. Visit the Juke Facebook page or the Juke website for details. NB. Seems to have become less regular recently.

Where I’m Coming From

A regular open mic night which is often held on Tuesday evenings or Sunday afternoons, once every couple of months in the Tramshed. It’s aimed specially at promoting BAME writers but open to anyone who would like to come along and listen or sign up to read / perform on the night. Follow their Twitter feed or Facebook page for details of events.

Company of Words

An open mic evening (with guest performer) which often takes place on the last Wednesday of the month, sometimes at Little Man Coffee Company, organised by Alix Edwards. See the website for details.

Open Space

event at Cardiff Central Library

Ric Hool performing at Open Space

Cardiff Central Library allows local writers to hold book launches or other similar events. These events are free, often on Thursday evenings, but ticketed. Search ‘open space Cardiff’ on Eventbrite to see what’s coming up.

Mild Extravaganza

Spoken word, storytelling and poetry at Gwdihw Cafe Bar – on the 3rd Monday of the month (though this may change), organised by Matt Troy. See the Facebook Page for details.

Waterstones Events

Waterstones hold regular events and a creative writing workshop. Some events are free, others cost a small amount, and all are held in the upstairs café. You can search for events on their website. They also have a mailing list and a Facebook page.

Octavos Bookshop

Octavos hold a wide variety of regular events including the Sunday Sessions (poetry performance with open mic on the third Sunday of the month 2-4pm, free). They also hold book launches, workshops and other similar events. Visit their Facebook page for more details. Read more about Octavos here.


Boyd Clack performing at Octopoet

Boyd Clack performing at Octopoet

This is an annual free event held in October, as part of the Made in Roath Festival. Organised by Mark Blayney, it features a variety of published poets and spoken word artists performing their work. See the Made in Roath website for details. Read my review of the 2016 Made in Roath Spoken Word Events here.


Megaverse is an occasional poetry and spoken word event organised and hosted by Will Ford to showcase the diversity of talent in spoken word performance, by experienced performers and new voices. Short slots for each performer ensure the greatest diversity of experience for the audience. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for details.


Milieu is a free night of literature, spoken word, art, photography and visual concepts, organised by local poet Rhys Milsom. It takes place four times a year – in March, June, September and December. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for upcoming events.


Poet Tracy Rhys

Tracy Rhys performing at Collective

An annual free Winter event organised by Christina Thatcher featuring local poets who have recently published a collection or are due to publish a new collection soon. Keep an eye on her blog for details. See my review of the first one here.

Regular Storytelling Events

There are several regular storytelling events that take place in Cardiff and further afield, including those held at Chapter Arts Centre and Milgi’s – for a list of these events visit the Beyond the Border website.

Cardiff Poetry Experiment

An occasional event which provides a platform for the performance of experimental poetry, followed by discussion. It’s organised by Calum Gardner, Wanda O’Conner and Josh Robinson in conjunction with Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Cardiff Book Talk

These are fascinating literary events which take place every few months, including academic discussion and debate. They’re organised by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy but anyone can attend. They are usually free but ticketed. See their website, or Facebook page for details.

Sunday Night Writes

These are monthly Sunday night events hosted by James Sarson at The Other Room (in Porters) which usually include an open mic. Third Sunday of the month – 6-9pm. For more details contact James on


A community arts festival which takes place in Roath, for a week in mid-October each year. There are always plenty of performance, creative writing and literature related events. See their website for details.

Creative Writing Workshops and Writing Groups

I have now moved the list of Cardiff’s regular creative writing workshops and writing groups to another post, as this one was getting too long! Click here to find out more…

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Other Useful Places to find out about events:

Literature Wales – What’s On page

Spoken Word Wales

Write Out Loud

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