Word Mess: monthly open mic night

Word Mess open mic night

Word Mess is Penrith’s monthly wordy open mic night.

Words out loud – that’s the brief for performers. Spoken word, short readings, poetry and more from Cumbrian writers and occasional guests in this new, monthly event – on the fourth Tuesday of every month. An intimate event, upstairs in the Old Fire Station’s Mess Hall.

Penrith Old Fire Station, 4th Tuesday of the month.

2016 dates:

  • Tuesday 24th May
  • Tuesday 28th June
  • Tuesday 26th July
  • August: NO WORD MESS (break for summer)
  • Tuesday 27th September
  • Tuesday 25th October
  • Tuesday 22nd November
  • December: NO WORD MESS (break for Christmas)

Doors open at 7pm

Ticket prices: £3 admission/£2 performers (pay on door)

Click HERE to reserve your ticket or call . Pay on the door – cash only please.


Gallery: Jacob Sam-La Rose / Northern Sky – a benefit for Nepal

On 16th May, we held a benefit gig for Nepal at Penrith Old Fire Station: featuring poet Jacob Sam-La Rose & duo (trio!) Northern Sky.

Here are a few photos from the event.

You can also reserve tickets to our next events on Eventbrite:
Katus & Yankuba Conteh / Virtuoso West African Kora player and Griot singer
Liz Lochhead / Somethings Old Somethings New

Coming Soon: Jacob Sam-La Rose / Northern Sky: benefit for Nepal

Poetry from Jacob Sam-La Rose and music from Northern Sky at Penrith Old Fire Station. Event by Eden Arts and New Writing Cumbria.


It’s a ‘pay what you want’ event, so you pay what you think it was worth at the end of the night. This event is also a benefit to support the work of the LED and Junipert Trust Charities who have collected a fantastic 7 tonnes of tents and sleeping bags for Nepal in Penrith Old Fire Station.  All money raised will go towards the releif effort.

A night of poetry, music – and a quiz! Featuring poet Jacob Sam-La Rose, musicians Northern Sky, and (as always) a chance to win the famed Map of Shap.

Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. He’s widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets, and as an advocate for the positive impact of new technology on literary and artistic practice and collaboration. He lives in London.

Northern Sky are Abby Colombi (vocals) and John Osborne (guitar & vocals). Once upon a time, they formed a little covers band in order to play a gig to raise money for charity.  As it turns out, they were rather good and have continued ever since!

They play a mixture of our own work (listen & watch here, if you fancy) plus unlikely choices of great songs by Kate Bush, Everything But The Girl, Gnarls Barkley, New Order, PJ Harvey… the list goes on!

The quiz will be cheesy – in the best possible sense.

The events are relaxed and informal and tickets are ‘sold’ on a pay what you wish (on the night) basis.

An evening in pictures: Joan Shelley & Simon Sylvester

On Thursday 5th March, Simon Sylvester and Joan Shelley performed at Penrith Old Fire Station.

From Kendal: Simon Sylvester. From Kentucky: Joan Shelley.

And as always, there was a chance for one quiz team to win a Map of Shap…

Event #1 in Pictures

Our first event at Penrith Old Fire Station went down a storm!

The event featured poet Kareem Parkins-Brown, musicians Kev Kendal and Bill Lloyd, writer Stephen Redman, and filmmaker Richie Johnston.

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