Events Coming up

September 2022

Sunday 4th September at 2pm you will find me at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham performing with Two Seda as part of the Mela. This will be Two Seda’s first performance for three years, so we are really looking forward to it (and practising hard!)

August 2022

Friday 26th to Sunday 29th August I’ll be at the annual Camper Calling festival – already sold out. However if you have tickets head on over to the Woodland Stage for a full programme of poetry / spoken word and workshops hosted by Scriptstuff Poetry. Delighted to be returning to this lovely series of events hosted by Mike Took.

Thursday 11th August 2022, 7.30pm DIY Poets Hybrid Quarterly Showcase at City Arts featuring Donald Holmes, Elaine Boot, and Sonja Dengler. There will also be performances from other DIY Poets, plus and open mic. Join us in the venue or via zoom.

Saturday 6th August 2022, 1pm We Shall Overcome’s Pixie Styx is hosting Bulwell Forest Picnic celebrating 10 years of the garden and remembering Paddy Caine who loved it there. Lytisha will be performing alongside Steggy Music, Eve Bain, Tibbie Star and Paul Carbuncle & Crazy Able. There will a be a food & toiletries collection for Bulwell & Bestwood Food Bank, plus ££ donations to both the foodbank & the Forest Garden.

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August 2022 Lytisha and Jeanette Bird-Bradley, collectively known as Multiple Shenanigans, take over the Shift MS instagram for the weekend. What we we post? Will we figure out how to work it before Sunday bedtime? All this a more will be discovered! Shift MS is a forum for and by people with Multiple Sclerosis to connect, discuss and share.

July 2022

Sunday 16th July 2022, 1.15pm The Bard of Southwell All-comers Slam, hosted by DIY poet & former winner Hazel Warren. All poets have 3 minutes to impress the audience. The audience reps vote & the winner holds the title Bard of Southwell until next festival..

Saturday 15th July 2022, 2.30pm DIY Poets showcase at the Gate to Southwell Festival featuring a handful of DIY poets, including co-hosts Lytisha & Hazel Warren. There is an open mic too for all you festival going budding poets.

Thursday 7th July 2022 1.45 for 2-3pm Our Heritage Walk – Sconce & Devon Park Newark: Springs, Linen, Railways and Fortifications Part of Newark Book Festival. Explore Scone & Devon park with historian Kevin Winter & Poet Lytisha Tunbridge. Write / draw your responses. Book via: or Tel 01636 655755

June 2022

18th to 26th June Wollaton Arts Festival Poet-in-Residence

Sunday 26th June 2022 1-5pm Wollaton Arts Festival Finale at Wollaton Park. There will be music and dance on the main stage, stalls and family activities PLUS an unplugged tent. Lytisha will be hosting the open mic there from 1.30 – 2.30pm. Simply turn up, add your name to the board and perform.

Friday 24th June 2022 at 7.30pm: Hybrid gig – Poetry Aloud presents: Wollaton Wordsmiths at St Leonards Hall, Wollaton & via Zoom. Featuring Harminder Nagi, Sue Dymoke plus open mic. All welcome.

May 2022 – Hybrid

Saturday 14th May 2022: The Grand Re-Opening Gig at The Station Hotel, 2 Warrington Street, OL6 6XB AshtonunderLyne. Music and Poetry from the WSO family that have supported the landlady Pauline Town in supplying meals for those in need since lockdown began in March 2020.

Friday 13th May 2022 7.30pm: These Are The Days presented by Poetry Aloud – a WSO event hosted by Lytisha, featuring John Humphreys and Michelle ‘Mother’ Hubbard plus Open Mic. Donations welcome to raise funds for BlindEye, working with street homeless in Nottingham. Part of Nottingham Poetry Festival This is a hybrid event.

Fundraising for Blind Eye. Hosted by Lytisha

Saturday 7th May 2022 2pm: Sharing Spaces with the Social Model Writers at The Neville Studio, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, NG1 5AF. Part of Nottingham Poetry Festival. This is a hybrid event.

April 2022

Quiet month spent completing qualifications & preparing for upcoming events.

March 2022 – Hybrid

Friday 11th March 2022 6.30pm: Women Say Stuff 7 at The Carousel, Hockley, Nottingham. The women of DIY Poets bring you their annual event to celebrate International Women’s Day. This year is our first hybrid event and we are at The Carousel. There are two featured poets, award winning Chloe Jacquet returns to her student stomping grounds and DIY’s own Rose Harvey plus lots of open mic slots for women. As ever the audience welcomes all. Book your free places via eventbrite and please if you can donate to this year’s chosen charity Notts SVSS.

Tuesday 1st March 8pm: Open Book upstairs at The Organ Grinder, Canning Circus, Nottingham. This monthly event is hosted by Neil Fulwood with two featured poets each month and space for open mic. The pub hosts are lovely and I highly recommend it. This month it features Alan Baker and Lytisha. Give Neil a follow to see the events, plus his insightful book reviews too.

Thursday 17th February: Poems for a Hostile World on zoom. This is a series of readings from the Settled Status for All anthology, curated by Ambrose Musiyawa. Poets from many countries and backgrounds are included in this anthology. You can buy it here.

June 2021 – on and offline

Tuesday 22nd June 5.45 – 7pm Poems to celebrate. Creative writing workshop for 16+ looking at odes, and other forms to address and celabrate a person / object / place. Lytisha leads this workshop at St Leaonards Community Centre, Wollaton as part of the Wollaton Arts Festival 2021. Bookings via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 22nd June 7.30 – 9.45pm Poetry Aloud presents: Wollaton Wordsmiths with featured poets Jo Weston and Clare Stewart. Clare a DIY poet, runs writing workshops at Nottingham’s Womens Centre can be seen performing across the country, and played Edinburgh Festival 2019. Jo has just released her latest pamphlet How not to multitask via Wild Pressed books. The rest of the evening will be open mic, so do bring along your poems to share. Booking via eventbrite.

Monday 21st June 4.15 – 5.30pm Welcome to Wollaton T-Rex! Creative writing workshop for 7 – 16 year olds. How would you welcome a visitor that last visited 65 million years ago? Lytisha is leading this workshop at St Leonards Community Centre as part of Wollaton Arts Festival 2021. Booking via Eventbrite.

May 2021

April 2021 – online

Wednesday 14th April 7-8pm Lytisha’s Teatime Lite Bites begins. Places are limited so early booking is advised. Six fortnightly sessions of 1 hour each run Wednesdays at 7 – 8pm, 14th April 2021 – 16th June 2021. Booking here:

March 2021 – Online Still …

Thursday 25th March 6.30pm Sue Dymoke is hosting a workshop writing from archive photography. Tickets & details from: Poetry Place: writing from archive photography of the Sherwood Forest area. Online workshop. | Inspire – Culture, Learning, Libraries.

Tuesday 16th March 4pm Menopause: A lived Experience. Lytisha will be giving a talk and holding a Q & A session to offer a personal perspective of Menopause and it’s affects for Wombenhood.

Sunday 14th March 6pm & 7PM World Jam monthly events. At 6pm is the zoom social for members and at 7pm we have a great gig from Foreign Accent streaming live on zoom on the World Jam fb page.

Monday 8th March 2021 7.30pm Women Say Stuff 6 – a platform for women to perform organised by the women of DIY Poets. This is our 6th annual event and this year we are fundraising for Equation. Featured performers are: Margaret Gosling, Ravelle-Sade Fairman, and Claire Meyrick. It’s via zoom, and it’s going to be fantastic! Donations via:

Wednesday 3rd March 8pm DIY Poets monthly meting and workshop – currently on Zoom – check out the DIY Poets page for details.

Tuesday 2nd March 4pm Wombenhood: Perceptions of Menopause. Lytisha is leading a creative workshop looking at popular perceptions of menopause for Wombenhood

February 2021 – Online

Wednesday 10th February 8pm DIY Poets Quarterly Showcase. This event is on zoom. Details of how to join us are on the DIY Poets event page.

January 2021 – Still Online

Wednesday 7th January 4pm Multiple Shenanigans – The Pink Sea Episode is out on YouTube here. Episodes are broadcast fortnightly with Lytisha And Jeanette Bird-Bradley discussing life, the impact of MS, the colour of the day and the topic of the day, and all the tangential talk therefrom.

December 2020 – Online

Thursday 10th December 4pm Multiple Shenanigans – The Beige Saucepans Episode. Available from here.

Friday 4th December A Pause. A collective poem by the people of Nottingham, curated by Panja Banjoko. Introduced by Henry Normal, includes performances by many local poets lead by Panya.

Thursday 3rd December 4pm Multiple Shenanigans. The trailer for the pilot podcasts by Lytisha and Jeanette Bird-Bradley taking a humorous look at life living with MS goes live.

Thursday 3rd December 12 noon Social Model Writers showcase for International Day of Disability Awareness premieres. Five poets from the SMW group showcase poems reflecting on aspects of their lives.

November 2020 – Online

Sunday 22nd November 6-8pm Lytisha is running the Kicking up leaves, and staring at fires workshop for World Jam. Ticket details here.

Poetry Aloud presents: Looking Forward, with Hindsight as part of Nottingham Poetry Festival 2020. Three poets and a musician play a game of poetic consequences based on 5 prepared but not shared pieces each. Will they find the connections?

Look out for the DIY Poets Eclectic Showcase part of Nottingham Poetry Festival 2020 – details to follow.

October 2020 – Online

Saturday 10th October 20 from 5pm Lytisha is hosting a Poetry Aloud presents slot as part of the Nottingham We Shall Overcome event, fundraising for Emmanuel House. As we are unable to do our regular series of events over the week, we have teamed up with several talented musicians, and we have one super event online. Don’t miss Trevor Wright, Clare Stewart, and Martin Dean. It will all be available through the facebook group page. See you there!

Thursday 1st October 2020 is National Poetry Day. To mark it Lytisha is releasing the filmed version of Text Book, which can be found nestled among some fabulous poems and poets in the new anthology Bloody Amazing by Dragon Yaffle.

September 20 – Online

Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 8pm Speakin Weird hold their monthly event up in Aberdeen. The joys of zooming mean that I can attend without the 2 day journey this time – always a bonus! Hosted by Orla Shortall and featuring Leanne Moden, it can’t fail to be a great event.

August 20 – Online Events

Monday 24th Aug 2020 around 7.45 Lytisha’s poem Beached Romance will be played on BBC Radio Nottingham on the Dean Jackson show. If you are missing the romance of the beach, give it a listen.

Thurs 13th Aug 2020 from 7 – 8.30pm DIY Poets are holding their Quarterly Showcase, this time hosted by DIY’s Clare Stewart and Martin Dean. Join us for a friendly online event with open mic. Check the event discussion page for the zoom invite.

Tues 4th August 2020 at 7pm Nottingham Writers’ Studio hosts the launch of it’s Zine The World Outside, Performances and readings include one by Lytisha of her poem entitled The World Outside. A delight to be in such great writing company. Contact NWS to purchase your copy.

July 20 – Online events

Fri 24th July 2020 at 8 – 9.45pm Poetry Aloud presents: WSO Wordsmiths Summer Outing – fundraising for Emmanuel House. Featuring top poets from across the country. This is a We Shall Overcome event, all monies raised go to support those in need.

Weds 15th July 2020 at 6:30 – 8:30pm From the Corner of my Eye
Workshop for poets and flash fiction writers via Nottingham Writers Studio. As writers we’re constantly looking to the unusual, peculiar, and extraordinary to inspire our writing. But what about the “infra-ordinary”? The details, movements and rhythms of the everyday. How can we use the bits in between to create new poetry? Friendly 2 hour session via zoom. £13 / 15.

1st – 19th July 2020 Lytisha and Hazel Warren’s films were showing in Pause: Space for Poetry at Buxton Fringe Festival 2020.

June 20 – Online events

26th June 2020 at 7.30pm Exile Festival Poets Breakout! Featured Acts: Lucy Peacock and Mark Gwynne-Jones, plus 10 pre-bookable* Open Mic Slots. We would have been at the delightful Exile Music Festival but for, well that pesky pandemic. So we decided to breakout, whilst in lock-down, and have a virtual event during the festival weekend. *Contact to book your slot.

May 20 – Online events

Fri 29th May 20, 6.30pm onwards. Paul’s Birthday Fundraiser – was a We Shall Overcome extravaganza with a list of performers as long as your arm. Great sets from so many, including Lytisha and her cat Dixie.

Sat 23rd / Sun 24th May 20, Nottstopping Festival – Nottingham’s creatives take to the screens to share their artistic talents. DIY Poets are performing on Sat at 6 – 7.30pm. This performance is dedicated to Lolly Dean, poet. Lost during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thurs 21st May 20, 8.05pm Virtual Kimberley Session. Featuring music from Alex Ohm, The Nutter Family, Skeleton Crew and Cookie, together with more words from Lytisha. The final weekly Session from Bill Kerry III and Bainy Bain. Back to monthly from now..

Thurs 14th May 20, 19.30pm DIY Poets May Showcase. Join Nottingham’s renown poets for their quarterly showcase with featured set from Frank McMahon. Hosted by Martins Grey and Dean.

Thurs 14th May 20, 8.05pm Virtual Kimberley Session Featuring music by Robb Carr, Gerry Farrow and Steve White with words from Lytisha. Hosted by Bill Kerry III and Bainy Bain fundraising for Broxtowe Labour Hub Foodbank.

Tues 12th May 20, 7.30pm Poetry Aloud presents: Vision, As I see it. Featuring the fabulous Katy Louise Gearing reading her new poems including those written to request in the last fortnight. There are also 8 poets from around the country from Scotland to Essex, across to Malasia, and back to Nottingham via Scarborugh and the West Country. Hosted by Lytisha, this event had been planned for the cancelled Nottingham Poetry Festival.

April 20 – Online events

Wed 29th April 20, 8pm Speakin’ Weird open mic in Aberdeen. Always a top night hosted by Orla Shortall.

Fri 24th April 20, 7.30 Fundraiser for Mesopotamia – a WSO virtual pub gig and raffle via facebook featuring sets from: Paul Carbuncle, Ian Clegg & Jack Scrimshaw, spoken word from Lytisha Tunbridge, Emma Ireland and Rachel Joy Eagling, music from Andy Vee and Pixie Styx Music.

Sat 11th April 20, 12 Noon – Midnight WSO Isolation Festival via AMAZING line-up including Grace Petrie, Atilla The Stockbroker, The Wakes, and Poetry Aloud. with added Billy Bragg!

Fri 10th April 20, 19:00 – 20:30 DIY Poets Easter Staycation open mic via Zoom. Hosted by Lytisha and Martin Grey

Sat 4th April 20, 19:00 – 21:00 World Jam presents Around the World, from Your Sofa, curated and hosted by Lytisha and Martin Grey via Zoom.

March 20 – online only from 23 March

Cancelled: Saturday 28th March 20, 9:30 – 16:30 WEM Writers Conference, Lincoln University.

Fri 27th March 20, 19:00 – 20:30 DIY Poets Virtual House-Warming Zoom Open Mic event. Hosted by Lytisha & Martin Grey. Facilitated by Hothouse Theatre.

Cancelled: Sat 14th March 20, 16:00 – 19:00 World Jam Social at The Playwright, including writing workshop with Lytisha and Martin Grey.

Thurs 12th March 20, 20:00 – 22:30 Loves Burn by Kevin Jackson Poetry launch event at City Arts. MC’d by Lytisha

Sun 8th March 20, 16.30 – 20.00 Women Say Stuff 5 at Sobar. Open Mic for all identifying as Women, mixed audience. All welcome.

Fri 6th March 20, 19.00 – 21.00 Word! at Beeston Library. Featuring Aoife Mannix.

February 20

Sat 22nd Feb 20, Lytisha is reading at a private fundraising event for We Shall Overcome

Sat 29th Feb 20, 18.00 – 19.30 With Genevieve Carver at Scarthins Bookshop, Cromford.

Thurs 27th Feb 20, TV appearance with Leanne Moden on Eh Up Notts? on NottsTV broadcast live. Promoting Women Say Stuff 5.

Thurs 13th Feb 20, 19.00 – 23.00 DIY Poets Quarterly Showcase at City Arts.

January 2020

Fri 31st Jan 2020, 18:00 – 21:00 Two Seda will be at Refugee Roots Takeover at Sobar, Nottingham, together with Just Jude and Obi Rudi.

Sat 11th Jan 20, 19:00 – 20:30 World Jam Anthology at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham. £4/2 Booking recommended.

Thurs 9th Jan 20, 18:00 – 20:00 We Shall Overcome – Meet the Movement People’s history Museum, Manchester

December 19

21 Dec 19 12 – 4pm Shab e Yalda Winter Solstice music and poetry Peggy’s Skylight. Two Seda amongst many others. All ages welcome.

19 Dec 19 7.30 – 9pm The Rise Open Rehearsal and Foodbank collection / Fundraiser. All welcome. WSO event.

17 Dec 19 7.30pm CANCELLED Featured poet at Poetry Undercover at Ludorati. Unfortunately the organisers had to cancel this event at late notice.

14 Dec 19 3 – 5pm Songs Around the World at St Stephen’s Church, Bobbersmill Music from:  Rainbow Choir, The Rise, People’s Choir, Vera, Kora Poetry, Two Seda, Adam Baker and more. Fundraising for Refugee Roots.

8 Dec 19 6 – 10.30pm Sherwood Shessions at Bar 71 Haydn Road Nottingham. Hosted by Paul Carbuncle, featuring Bill Kerry III and Lytisha.

November 19

23 Nov 19 4 – 10 pm But I know This City Nonsuch Studios

15 Nov 19 7 – 9.30 Poetry Cocktail at Junkyard (was Holy Calazone)

14 Nov 19 7.30 – 10.30 DIY Poets Showcase at City Arts

October 19

27 Oct 19 3 – 5pm We Shall Overcome at Hockley Hustle Emmanuel House

11 Oct 19 7.30 – 10.00 Backpack to the Moon, joint book launch with . Hazel Warren City Arts Nottingham

6 Oct 19 3 -5pm We Shall Overcome @ Emmanuel House Nottingham

September 19

14 Sept 19 1 – 4pm Poetry Aloud @ Stuff of Life Festival Hedley Park

16 Aug 19 8.15 – 9.15 DIY Poets at Edinburgh Fringe Banshee Labyrinth

14 Aug 19 8.15 – 9.15 DIY Poets at Edinburgh Fringe Banshee Labyrinth




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