Bright Smoke

Join some of the country’s top poets and performers for a free monthly poetry event.

Bright Smoke is a poetry night with a difference. Live and entertaining, creative and raw, with an opportunity to take to the stage and share your own work.

Join some of the country’s top poets and performers as they explore a different theme each month, inspired by current RSC productions. Bright Smoke brings together writing and performance to explore the topical and the transcendent, the entertaining and the cathartic.


Vanessa Kisuule: a writer and performer based in Bristol, UK, Vanessa has won over ten slam titles including and has two poetry collections published by Burning Eye Books: Joyriding The Storm (2014) and A Recipe For Sorcery (2017). Her work was Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prize Anthology 2019. She was the recipient of The Jerwood Micro Arts Bursary and The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship in 2017 and her one woman show SEXY toured with the support of Arts Council England in 2017/18. She is currently the Bristol City Poet for 2018 – 2020.

Kamil Mahmood: a poet, spoken word and visual artist born and raised in Birmingham, Kamil’s work explores identity, community, Islam, the British Pakistani diaspora, masculinity and international activism. He has worked with organisations including Beatfreeks, Birmingham REP, Ummahsonic , Sampad, and the National Heritage Memorial Fund. He has been described as a wordsmith of the ages whose lyrics permeate the zeitgeist and a promising prospect for the UK poetry scene.

Hosted by Joe Cook

Share your own work on the open mic – slots are allocated on the night, and can be signed up for on the door. The work you share doesn’t have to be related to the theme of the evening. Performances will take place from 7.30pm in Susie’s Cafe Bar, located on the ground floor foyer of The Other Place.

Please note that performers’ work may contain strong language and adult themes.

Bright Smoke is a collaboration with RSC.

Banner photo: Paul Stringer

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