Word Mess: wordy open mic night

* Tuesday 5 December: Word Mess Office Christmas Party! *

Feel free to read something Christmassy – or not. Either way, there’ll be paper chains, mince pies, and the cheesiest Christmas playlist I can find.

We’re inviting everyone to wrap up a second hand copy of a book they like. We’ll then swap these, so everybody goes home with some new reading material. Because who doesn’t love a Christmas present? (If you can’t do this, don’t let it stop you from coming along – there’ll be a couple of spare books just in case.)

And if you wear a Christmas jumper, it’ll make my night.


Hosted by yours truly, expect spoken word, short readings, poetry and more at this open mic night for writers and wordy buffs.

Come along to our cosy Mess Hall (upstairs in Penrith Old Fire Station) and listen to some great new writing – or, if you’re in a sharing mood, bring your stories / poems / bits of script / travel writing / love letters / Christmas round robins / angsty teenage diaries.

7pm, for 7:30 curtain-up*

*This is just a turn of phrase. We don’t actually have a curtain. We do have a bar, though. And a lamp.

Word Mess open mic night, Penrith, Cumbria

The dates for Word Mess in the first half of 2017 are:

  • Tues 24th January
  • Tues 28th February
  • Tues 21st March (NB: this is a week earlier than normal)
  • Tues 25th April
  • Tues 23rd May
  • Tues 27th June
  • Tues 25th July
  • Tues 26 September
  • Tues 24 October
  • Tues 5 December: Word Mess Office Christmas Party! (NB: this is a week later than normal)

Penrith Old Fire Station is between the hospital and ambulance station, so there isn’t far to go if you get overwhelmed by all that wordy goodness.

Outside of office hours (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) you can park in any of the NHS staff car parks that surround Penrith Old Fire Station (even though they say permit holders only). Please note that there are stairs up to the Mess Hall.

Feel free to use & follow the #WordMess hashtag, and to get in touch if you have any questions.