DiVerse #13

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.


Coll Metcalf
Coll is a freelance deaf performer, writer and actress based in the North East. With an extensive background in theatre and improvisation, Coll brings a wild elegance to her storytelling, drawing her audience to the very centre of her world. Because of her deafness, Coll experiences the world in a different way and this uniqueness is where she finds her poetry.

Scott Tyrrell
Scott has been a poet and performer since the turn of the century. An award-winning comedian, creative director and multiple slam-winning poet, he has written for TV and radio, and his most recent poetry collection, Honest is published by Burning Eye Books. He lives in Newcastle with his wife, son, a goldfish, a one-eyed cat and a small fluffy dog.

Kaozara Oyalowo
Kaozara is a writer and poet from Leicester who is currently studying Arabic and International Business at University of Leeds. Kaozara has competed for the Leeds University slam team, and also coached/mentored and co-facilitated workshops for team Leeds, taking them to the final of the National University Slam.

For open mic slots, sign up on the night.

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