Ron Booth lives in Washingborough, a small village on the outskirts of Lincoln City. He is a member of Lincoln Creative Writers, and was encouraged to take part in local spoken word evenings at The Jolly
Brewer public house. Once bitten by the bug, Ron then took hispassion and expanded his circle, taking part in open mic spoken wordevents at independent book stores, and traveling regionally with his
poetry to Doncaster, Wakefield, Hull, Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe.In January 2016 published a book of poems on Amazon called: Eyes Are Windows To The Soul, available as a paperback or on kindle, and he is in the process of putting a new collection together. He is a member of Outspoken Poets and Pimento Poets, and takes part in public readings
with both groups. He also set up and is compere for Uncaged at The
Birdcage, a popular open mic event in Lincoln.
Uncaged at The Birdcage
The UK spoken word scene is thriving, each month there are more and more dynamic, fun performance poetry events happening around the country. One such event is: Uncaged at The Birdcage on Bagholme Road in Lincoln, run by Outspoken poet Ron Booth, and is held on every first Wednesday of the month. Local poetry collective Outspoken Poets only formed in March 2017, and quickly gained popularity with the events they set up and an article was published in the Lincolnshire Echo about their plans for creating a vibrant poetry scene here in Lincoln.
There was already a long established spoken word night at The Jolly Brewer that has been running for a few years, also a new Poetry Slam at The Zing café, plus Word Theatre at NewTheatre Royal. Setting up new events on behalf of Outspoken Poets was the task of Charlie Gualtieri, Nathan Dean and Ron Booth, these were a Jazz Poetry night with jazz trio Djanco playing along to the poetry. Scratchy Pens is a philosophy café style evening discussing a guest poets work plus a creative half with artists, voice coaches etc.
Uncaged at The Birdcage has become a very popular evening Host Ron Booth, wanted the evening to include spoken word, flash fiction, comedy and music. Each month there is a set from a special guest… past guests have included spoken word artists, a beat boxer, comedians and singers. The Christmas edition held on the 6th December was a lively night with an enthusiastic crowd of audience and performers. Many first timers took part and displayed what amazing talent we have here in Lincolnshire. Long gone are the stuffy pretentious days of poetry in half empty rooms. The Birdcage with it’s great atmosphere has established itself as a must go to event attended by regular followers and those new to spoken word open mic nights.
The great thing about performance poetry is that it’s not just For spectators. If you want to get up and read self penned poetry about your dog who is a lovable rogue, the bigoted politician or the bastard who broke your heart, then you can get a slot at dedicated open mic nights. So come on down and check out Uncaged at The Birdcage, it’s a vibrant entertaining evening which has been running since April 2017, and is a platform for anyone who wants to share their words, or even read the work of their favorite poets. The idea is to encourage and inspire others to take part, and to write and perform, who knows we may discover the next poet laureate.
Check out Outspoken Poets on Facebook for more information.