Hit the Ode

Hit the Ode brings world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham.

One regional, one national and one international poet perform alongside local talent on the popular Hit the Ode open mic!


Jodi Ann Bickley
Jodi Ann Bickley is a poet, mum of two and a Sunday Times Bestseller. She’s been featured on The Independent‘s ‘Happy List’ and recognised as a ‘Point of Light’ by the Prime Minister for her project One Million Lovely Letters. She has performed all over the country and at festivals including Bestival, Shambala and Glastonbury. 

Chiedu Oraka
Born and raised in Hull, Chiedu Oraka is a rapper and pioneer of the alternative urban scene, and hailed as the sound of northern working-class England. Chiedu has supported some of the UK’s leading Hip-Hop and Grime MCs.

Bibi June
A poet, theatre maker and producer originally from Amsterdam, Bibi has been based in Glasgow since 2012. Their first pamphlet Begin Again is published by Speculative Books and they were selected for the Young Arts Industry Programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. Bibi is co-founder and executive director of In The Works spoken word theatre company.

Sign up on the night from 7pm-7.30pm to enter your name into the open mic lucky dip draw – 10 slots up for grabs, maximum 3 minutes each, selected at random – what have you got to lose?

The Patrick Studio is easily accessible from our Thorp St entrance or from Level 3 inside the theatre.

Banner photo: Paul Stringer

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