Spoken word night, Poems, Prose & Pints has a new home!



Poems, Prose and Pints, the welcoming and relaxed spoken word event, held every 3rd Wednesday of the month in Harrogate, has now moved to the fabulous North Bar on Cheltenham Parade.

The popular event run by poets Helen Shay and Tim Ellis is an intimate gathering for lovers of spoken word. An incredibly supportive audience embraces performers, readers and listeners. The innovative, entertaining and often boisterous open mic sessions are interspersed with frequent guest poets and hosts.

The next event will be on Wednesday 19th April 7.30pm. Admission is just £1, the old shape or new, they really don’t mind!


Guest reader this month is award winning Leeds writer Mark Connors.

Poems by Mark have appeared in many anthologies, alongside acclaimed poets such as Simon Armitage, Andrew Motion, Antony Dunn and Kate Fox. He’s also had over 80 poems published in a variety of magazines and literary journals both in the UK and overseas.

Mark’s debut poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015 and is now in its second edition. His first full-length poetry collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken, was published in 2017 by Stairwell Books.

Stickleback, Mark’s debut novel, first published by Armley Press in 2016 is now in its second edition which features a recommendation on the cover from acclaimed British poet and novelist, Helen Mort.

Mark’s award winning short fiction has won him prizes and commendations at many Literature Festivals and he has won the prestigious open mic competition at Ilkley Literature Festival not just once, but twice!

Mark features regularly as a guest compere at various literature festivals, runs Word Club, his own acclaimed poetry night in Leeds, is one of the organisers of the Poetry at the Parsonage Festival, and is also a director and a managing editor at Half Moon Books.


If YOU fancy sharing your work with an appreciative audience, just sign up on the door for a 5 minute reading slot.

PPP organiser Helen says “There’s nothing else like this for spoken word in Harrogate and it’s a great platform for strutting your stuff! Our guest, Mark Connors, is a local tour de force with a unique voice that will definitely get you thinking, and has always been a good friend to PPP. Listening to others always enriches our own writing and performance.”

To find out more, contact Helen on helenshay@yahoo.co.uk or join the Poems Prose & Pints Facebook group.

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