An interesting evening in Newport last night. Not as you may have thought at Rodney Parade to watch Newport County nick a result against Macclesfield Town 1-0 but at Horton’s Cafe just across the road from the ground. As we drove up to the cafe we passed the ground and for one insane moment I thought of abandoning the open Mic night and popping in. Then I realised the last time I watched Macc Town play was probably the FA Cup run in the 67-68 season. Not a loyal fan I am sad to confess. Rugby is my game not football.

So into the cafe then and met with Newport Writing Group who hold an open Mic session at the end of every month in that venue.

I’m not a member of the group but it appears to be a talented and friendly group, who also meet every other Saturday morning at the Riverfront Newport from 0930hrs to 100 hrs.

The evening sessions normally have an audience of about 30 but being the first of the year there was a smaller group about half that size but the participation level was commensurately higher. The standard of writing was good and the genre and styles eclectic, from performance poets to short stories via stand up (sit down actually) comedy and encompassing all moods from dark themes through to whimsical verse.

The venue itself is excellent, also catering for all tastes, although there was surprisingly little alcohol flowing for a group of writers.

I read my short story ‘Entanglement’, available on this site as ‘The Problem with Thought Experiments’ in Writing: Short Fiction, which seemed to go down well.

I hope to return at some stage to the open Mic night to read and listen to quality writing. If you are around on the last Tuesday of the month in Newport I can recommend it as an entertaining and engaging evening out (and its free! But you pay for the drinks and cakes).

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