Lamp to host Get Mouthy: Open Mic Night at Firebug in Leicester on 10 October

The Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project (Lamp) charity will mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2022 by hosting Get Mouthy: Open Mic Night at Firebug, the iconic Leicester bar.

Doors will open at 7pm and the staged poetry will run from 7.30-9pm. The event will feature a special appearance by Cathi Rae, a poet, spoken word artist, body positivity model and campaigner against ageism in the world of fashion.

The event is open to all, free of charge and will present a showcase of poetry and the spoken word. Samantha Sinyakena, a local writer, has organised the event.

Open Mic night takes place at Firebug every month and World Mental Health Day on 10 October is an opportunity for the bar to host a special evening that will highlight the theme of mental health.

Lamp’s new Information and Advice Officer, Ellie Spirrett, will be on hand to provide further information on the charity, as well as performing and sharing some of her own poetry. Collection buckets will be placed around the bar to gather donations.

The event is not intended just for poets as audience members will also be able to enjoy some wordplay with a friendly, inclusive and encouraging group, where they can feel free to join in. People who are attending and who want to participate can sign up and register to perform on the evening itself at 7pm at Firebug.

Richard Kotulecki, Lamp’s CEO said:

“The evening of poetry at Firebug aims to get people to connect with each other through the spoken word. Spoken word and creative writing can be a great way for people to express themselves. When you can’t find the right words, write down your emotions. No judgement, no experience needed, just an environment to be open and express themselves through writing or words. The act of sharing our lived experiences will resonate with others and eventually, open up pathways to healing. Research has shown that when people see reflections of themselves in this type of work, they are more likely to seek support. We want this event to serve as a reminder that you don’t have to face your feelings alone. Lamp is here to help you. I’d like to thank Firebug for its support in enabling us to stage the event as a place to create and connect. We look forward to welcoming everyone and whatever your relationship with poetry, we’d love for you to join us.”


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