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 Metcalfe
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.

Known for her diverse poetry styles, MC AC organizes spoken word events through ‘NamasteAWhile’. Her experience as a foster child gave her the determination to stay positive and create a better life. She is a strong believer in life purpose and karmic balance, and is a mental health advocate and Reiki therapist at Northumbria University. MC AC aims to spread joy and enlighten people with her words.

For open mic slots, sign up on the night.

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