Online Workshop: Poetry and Performance

A 2-hour online workshop to learn how to approach reading and performing your poetry, with Birmingham Poet Laureate Casey Bailey.

Join the Birmingham Poet Laureate, Casey Bailey, to learn how to approach reading and performing your poetry to an audience.

Reading or performing your poetry is becoming a much larger part of the life of a poet, but how prepared are we for this?

As we transition back into the world of live poetry readings, this workshop will give you somethings to consider as you look at how you want you work to live on the stage.

Bring a poem that you want to work on, and let’s play with Tempo, Volume, Emotion and Intonation.

For poets of all levels of experience, including beginners.


About the workshop leader:

Casey Bailey is a writer, performer and educator, born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham, UK. Casey is the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020 – 2022 and the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020.

Casey’s second full poetry collection Please Do Not Touch was published by Burning Eye in 2021. His first full collection Adjusted was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2018. Casey has had his poetry published in a number of anthologies and journals including Poetry Birmingham Literature Journal and anthologies published by Emma Press and Verve Poetry Press.

A number of organisations have commissioned pieces from Casey, including the BBC, Symphony Hall, West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council, and he has performed his poetry in Edinburgh, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, France, India and many other places.


About the workshop:

The workshop will take place online via Zoom. Please download it and check it is working before the day of the workshop.

Please join the Zoom link 15 minutes before the advertised start time to allow you to join and test your audio and video is working as it should.

Please try and be somewhere you can concentrate and won’t be interrupted. Headphones can be useful if you have some, to cut out other noise.


This event is run by Birmingham Literature Festival, a project of Writing West Midlands. Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

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16 Oct 2021


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm