It’s verse at the Vic... so take along your Bic

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Why not go, to a poetry show; it’s on next week, you can even get up and speak.

Wordsworth can rest easy, that woeful effort shows why I’ll never be any good at poetry but for those who do have a bit of a talent for writing a verse or two – or those who just like listening – there are a couple of events of interest coming up.

Verse At The Vic (which takes place at the Victoria Hotel in Cleveleys at 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of every month) has a gothic/Halloween theme on October 30, while Live Poets, who meet on the first Monday of every month at 1pm at Central Library, are next there on November 4.

The premise is simple – a group of like-minded folk meet to read poetry and talk about it. You can go just to listen, or to read out a poem you’ve written.

“Usually there are about 18 or 20 of us and it is a lovely atmosphere,” said Victoria Copeland, who organises the monthly events.

“But we want to get the general public involved more.

“To some people performance poetry sounds like a rude word, but these days it’s not.

“Maybe it was when I started 10 years ago but now it is very popular.

“I’m particularly keen to get people down to our next Wednesday event on the 30th, which is going to be a spooky one for Halloween.

“Even if they just want to listen, we can guarantee anyone who comes good company, good beer and a good evening.”

* Mercury Prize nominated jazz act Portico Quartet are headlining at Gorilla in Manchester on Sunday.

The London-based outfit draw on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music and come up with tunes that I guarantee you will not have heard the likes of before. Meanwhile, Nick Mulvey, who left Portico Quartet in 2011, plays a solo show at Manchester Institute on November 8.

* Speaking of jazz, Six In A Bar Classic Jazz Band play the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood tomorrow, from noon till 2.30pm. Admission is £6.