DiVerse #10

A monthly spoken word night for unheard and under-represented voices in Teesside.

DiVerse features special guests and open mic performers who are womxn, LGBTQIA+, visibly and invisibly disabled, refugee and artists of colour. DiVerse alternates venues between Hope & Union, Silver Street in Stockton and Shanti Bistro, Earth Beat Centre, Saltburn.


Bordello Theatre
Bordello Theatre will be enveloping us in queer space inviting to share part of their pop up show The Pilgrims, weaving spoken word, live music and theatrical ritual into an intimate and immersive micro performance. For DiVerse #10 they will be performing a specially prepared excerpt.

Jade Gadd
Jade Gadd isn’t afraid to say what she feels. The disabled poet recounts her wild adventures that don’t even leave the bed (not in a sexy way), her troubled past, and proves the song ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger’ is true. Only Sherlock Holmes can keep a straight face, from laughing or crying, while she wordsmiths.

Kelly Butcher
Kelly Butcher lives in Middlesbrough. She works in science and health and enjoys art and writing in her free time. She completed a degree in Contemporary Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and, more recently, an MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University. Her poetry draws on memories, emotions and everyday observations.

Michelle Scally Clarke and Richard Bostock
Michelle Scally Clarke and Richard Bostock have paid their dues. They are part of the movement of dub poetry and spoken word and have worked alongside greats such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jean Binta Breeze, Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay.

For open mic slots, sign up on the night.

When: Friday 11 January, 7pm
: Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Bistro, Earthbeat Centre, Saltburn, TS12 1QA