DiVerse #9

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.


Harry Man
Poet, editor and translator, Harry Man’s work has appeared in journals, anthologies and magazines. His most recent pamphlet Finders Keepers was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and he was the winner of the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award. 

Karishma Sangtani
As well as performing regularly at open mic nights, Karishma Sangtani has performed as a feature poet at the Durham For Refugees Festival and SLAM: an evening of live spoken word and music. She is currently studying for a degree in English Literature at Durham university.

Jade April
Using poetry as a therapeutic outlet, Jade April is passionate about connecting with other people through writing in the hopes that they don’t feel alone in life struggles. Her poem ‘Hallows Eve Ballad’ is published online by Lonesome October Lit.

Richard Boggie
Richard Boggie is a Newcastle based poet whose work contains adult language, scenes of mild peril but absolutely no custard. Expect anything from serious commentary on disability issues to seriously silly pastry porn.

For open mic slots, sign up on the night.

When: Wednesday 5 December, 7pm
: Hope and Union, 10 Silver Street, Stockton TS18 1SX