The May Newsletter
I hope the month of may is treating you well. I'm still reeling from the awesome night we have with David Subacchi as our headliner and the top open mic. We had over 50 people through the doors and a record 21 open mic'ers! Thank you all so much for your creativity, your vulnerability and your enthusiasm. You are essential to making Testify such a great night.
As the night continues to be busy, I've decided to limit the amount of open mic slots available. This enables all the open mic'ers and headliner to have enough time to perform their work, whilst also respecting our venue and not running on too long. There will be 15 open mic slots up from grabs. Sign ups will happen on the night from 7pm - they cannot be reserved in advance. Each open mic'er will have 5 minutes to share their work with us. Thank you for your continued support in keeping this night running as smoothly as possible!
Next month's headliner will be Carol Robson! She will be joining us on 4th June at our usual haunt of Hanky Panky Pancakes. You can read all about her on the blog here: https://tinyurl.com/y6c953th The facebook event is here: https://tinyurl.com/y6j9vcza
Its going to be a brilliant night so make sure you come down!
Things I've been enjoying this month
The lovely Ben Wilson gave me a copy of his chapbook at May's Testify and I am beyond excited to curl up with a brew and deep dive into it. I've read a few at random whilst the digital babysitter has been amusing the kids (Thank the lord of Peppa pig) and I'm loving it so far. If you want more info on Ben, you can find him here: https://tinyurl.com/y3cwlzsn
So many of you came to me after the last Testify and asked for more info on Ngoni and her book. It was her first open mic night and she NAILED IT. Well her book launch is happening soon so if you want to support her, you can check her out here: https://tinyurl.com/y37mflar
i was really fortunate to be able to guest host Write Out Loud Sale last week with the awesome Amy Kinsman and Kate Garrett as headliners. Snagged myself a copy of Kate’s collection - The Saint of Milk and Flames. It’s been bumped to the top of my ‘to-read’ pile!
Joel Sadler-Puckering at Hidden Voice Publishing has extended submissions for a new anthology. Have something that needs saying? Send it his way. https://tinyurl.com/yy3kvmvt
Writers Online have lots of competitions and calls for submissions on their website. Head over to check them out. https://tinyurl.com/yxqw6vrf
That is it from us here at Testify for this month. Remember you can follow us on social media, check the website and most importantly, join us in the flesh!
See you in June
Love and hugs Debz Director