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 in Stockton and Shanti Bistro in Saltburn.


Ann Cuthbert
Ann Cuthbert has performed in an eclectic range of venues from school assemblies to bars, art galleries to high streets, usually with the Tees Women Poets. Her work has been published both online and in print, most recently by Visual Verse and The Writers’ Café magazine. Her poetry chapbook, Watching a Heron with Davey, is published by the Black Light Engine Room Press.

It was as a result of being forced to face a difficult stage in his teenage years that lead to Kyzer first touching a pen and pad. His style has been heavily influenced by UK rap/grime and some hip-hop. He has performed at many shows all over the UK and has been the opening act for a number of artists including Sneakbo, Loick Essien, Big Narstie and many more.

Zuva is a spoken word artist from Leeds. She competed at UniSlam in Leicester and CUSPI in Philadelphia in 2018. She was also a Roundhouse Top 12 finalist 2018. Zuva’s poetry has been described as honest, funny and straight to the point. She seeks to open up discussions and isn’t afraid to shy away from the darker aspects of human life.

Amy Kinsman
Amy Kinsman (they/them) is a poet from Manchester. As well as being founding editor of Riggwelter Press, they are also associate editor of Three Drops From A Cauldron and the former host of Gorilla Poetry in Sheffield. Their debut pamphlet ‘&‘ was joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017.

For open mic slots, sign up on the night.

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