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Listen to Dave presenting the Radio Wildfire Live show on the internet radio station Radio Wildfire 8-10pm UK time on the first Monday of every month.

Forthcoming live performances:

20th July 2017 A Waddington Rake part of North Kesteven Walking Festival A walk created by Dave, it will feature stories, music and anecdotes from his work as historian to the artsNK Ridges & Furrows project. Starts 10.00 at Redwood Community Centre LN5 9BY. 6 miles, moderate. Free. Details & downloadable brochure here.
16th September 2017 The Write Tack a writing workshop at the Black Country Living Museum. Small numbers for maximum benefit. Details here
28th September 2017 Freedom… (& Beyond) – a writing workshop for National Poetry Day A What Lies Beyond… event in the historic Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon. Details here
28th September 2017 Open Mic for National Poetry Day Cradley Library, Dudley. 19:00 – 20:30. Admission free. To book a performance/reading spot email fictionprescription136@gmail.com or enquire at Cradley Library. (Poetry on Loan event)
5th October 2017 Postcard Poems launch Kenilworth Library A special Poetry on Loan event to launch 8 original poetry postcards which are available through West Midlands libraries. 19:00. £6.00, tickets through Eventbright
28th October 2017 Poetry of the Black Country Southcart Books, Walsall One of the events organised to promote this newbook from Offa’s Press, edited by Dave Reeves & Emma Purshouse with Simon Fletcher. Details to follow.

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

Earlier 2017 events
1st April 2017 Fireside Tales Black Country Living Museum First of a series of storytelling and poetry open mics in the back room of the museum pub. Today’s theme Just Fooling: let’s celebrate the spirit of misrule More details to follow
3rd April 2017 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
28th April 2017 Dave Reeves, Emma Purshouse, R M Francis, Paul McDonald, Kerry Hadley Price Stourbridge LitFest, Katie Fitzgerald’s, Stourbridge 20.30. £5.00 Details here
1st May 2017 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
6th May 2017 Fireside Tales Black Country Living Museum Part of a series of storytelling and poetry open mics in the back room of the museum pub. Today’s theme May Daze and Maypoles (Bank Holidays and traditional springs) Adm £3.00 Details & Booking here
20th May 2017 Key Words, a Writing Workshop at The Locksmiths House. Part of the Black Country Museum, we’ll be using this excellent little museum in Willenhall as a venue for a daytime writing workshop. Details and booking here
15th June 2017 Wolverhampton Arts Festival With R.M.Francis and others. Wolverhampton Art Gallery 18.00
24th June 2017 Portraits & Places celebration Dave leads a heritage/story walk in Waddington, Lincs as part of this Grennan and Sperandio event for the Ridges & Furrows project. Walk time tbc. More details
8th July Black Country Museum Family Day Details to follow.

2016 events
4th January 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
16 January 2016 Country ‘Fireside Voices’ Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale, TF8 7DR Dave guesting along with Marion Cockin and Nick Pearson.
1st February 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
2nd February 2016 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poets: Open Mic night. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
1st March 2016 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poets: Jan Watts + Permission To Speak. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
7th March 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
4th April 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
5th April 2016 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guests: storyteller John Edgar + poet Alison Absolute. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
17th April 2016 Stratford-upon-Avon Haiku Hike 14.00 onwards. For International Haiku Day, Dave, Wendy Freeman, Alison Absolute, Matt Black – details to be posted at facebook.com/radiowildfire
29th April 2016 Shelton: The Big House, Shrewsbury Museum_ Opening today, this exhibition from Dave’s heritage work at Shelton Hospital tells the 150 year story of the former Victorian Asylum. Runs until 24th July 2016.
2nd May 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
3rd May 2016 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guests: Billy Spakemon & John Langford. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
6th May 2016 World Accordion Day more to follow
13th May 2016 A Write at the Museum at the Locksmith’s House An all night writing workshop for Museums Night. Part of Dave’s residency at the Black Country Living Museum.
23rd May 2016 Out The Frame Parks Cafe Droitwich Dave performs alongside a portrait of himself as part of Droitwich Art Festival. 4 Victoria Square WR9 8DS. 19.00 £5
6th June 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
7th June 2016 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest: David Hart. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
11th June 2016 Cheltenham Science Festival with Jiggery Spokery outdoors at the High Street pitch
19th June 2016 Gardeners World Live at the NEC, Birmingham Dave is poet-in-residence for the Conservation Volunteers in their garden.
2nd July 2016 Ledbury Poetry Festival with Jiggery Spokery Details tbc
4th July 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
5th July 2016 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest: Heather Wastie. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
9th July 2016 Black Country Day event Black Country Living Museum Storytelling day with Dave and MythStories. Normal museum entry fees apply.
22nd July Nozstock Festival Jiggery Spokery in the Bantam of the Opera cabaret tent.
23rd July Poetry at the Civic Coleshill Civic Hall Dave together with Maggie Doyle and Roy Mcfarlane (MC).
29th July – 2nd September Page Turners Black Country Living Museum As part of the museum’s school holidays programme Dave will be giving a series of Friday readings for children and adults, plus an early afternoon writing workshop. All included in the normal museum entry fee. 10.00 – 15.00
29th July Black Country Stuff Walsall Central Library Dave presents a late afternoon reading of Black Country themed work. 16.00 Directions to venue HERE
20th August Kiddi Fringe The Boar’s Head Details to follow
3rd September 2016 The Write Tack a day long creative writing workshop at the Black Country Living Museum. Details HERE
3rd October 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
4th October 2016 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest: Roy Mcfarlane. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
7th October 2016 David Francis’ The Village Folksinger at The Hermon Chapel, Oswestry Dave introduces and MCs a night with the New York poet and singer in Oswestry. This is the European Premier of David’s film. You’ll find details HERE Just scroll down the page.
26th October 2016 Nigel Mazlyn Jones Stoke on Trent. Dave performs with the renowned acoustic singer/songwriter, now on an autumn tour. The Glebe, 35 Glebe Street Stoke-On-Trent ST4 1HG – 8.00pm limited tickets. Advance booking, email egotripper@hotmail.com
28th October 2016 Nigel Mazlyn Jones The Hermon Chapel, Oswestry. Dave performs with the renowned acoustic singer/songwriter, now on an autumn tour. You’ll find details HERE Just scroll down the page (a little farther than for the link above).
1st November 2016 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest: tbc. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
7th November 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
14th November 2016 Licensed To Rhyme at the Artrix, Bromsgrove Dave performs alongside headliner Emma Purshouse and Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate, Nyandavoh Fodayis. The venue is run by Maggie Doyle and Giovanni “Spoz” Esposito. 19.30. £5.00.
4th December 2016 Rwanda Benefit Leamington Spa Irish Club_ 19.00 – 21.30 (8.00 MUSIC, POETRY, PERFORMANCE with Max Berridge, Alison Absolute, Wendy Freeman, Dave Reeves, and Matt Black) Funds to www.nouspr.org mental health project)
5th December 2016 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
15th December 2016 Katie Fitzgerald’s, Stourbridge 19.00 With RMFrancis and headliner Attila the Stockbroker.

2015 Events
5th January 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
15th January 2015 Zouch Acoustic Club Ashby Free Public Library, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1HU Performance from Dave plus filming of his poem about working folk in Bedworth, Sailing On Ghosts, for a forthcoming film about the Ashby Canal. Doors open 20.00. Contributions gratefully received by organisers.
2nd February 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
3rd February 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poets: tba. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
11th February 2015 Offa’s Poets at Streetly Library Walsall Dave with Jane Seabourne, Simon Fletcher and Jeff Phelps. A Poetry-on-Loan Event. Free. CANCELLED
2nd March 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
3rd March 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poet: Emma Purshouse. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
10th March 2015 Redwoods Centre, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury Dave gives an early afternoon performance including work relating to Shropshire. Free. 14.30-15.30
18th March 2015 Thimblemill Library, Sandwell: Warley Lit Fest. Dave gives a free early afternoon performance with Wednesbury poet Brendan Hawthorne, as part of this exciting new local literature festival. Details Here
26th March 2015 Offa’s Poets at Leominster Library Dave with Jane Seabourne, Simon Fletcher and Jeff Phelps. A Poetry-on-Loan Event. 18:30-19:30 £3.00 on door. Details Here
1st April 2015 Scary Canary, Stourbridge Dave guests at this new monthly venue. Doors open 19:00, £3.00 admission. Venue details Here
13th April 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
14th April 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poet: Roy Mcfarlane. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
4th May 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
5th May 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poet: Michael W.Thomas. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
9th May 2015 Poetry Workshop at Black Country Living Museum Dave hosts an all day poetry workshop from 10.00-16.00. Details Here
1st June 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
2nd June 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poet: David Bingham. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
3rd July 2015 Mozfest Moseley, Birmingham with Goats Don’t Shave
6th July 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
7th July 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poet: Brendan Hawthorne. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
11th/12th July 2015 Black Country Day Weekend Black Country Living Museum: walkabout and performances in Bottle & Glass pub. Usual museum charges apply.
14th July 2015 Black Country Day Performance and walk for Age UK Dudley. Details to follow.
21st July 2015 Black Country Dialectics: It’s just a Phrase I’m gooin’ through @ Dudley Archives. A performance of work from the book Black Country Dialectics plus some poems and performance pieces hot from the pen, wrapped up with off-the-cuff humour and anecdotes into a fast-paced celebration of Black Country culture and folklore. Starts at 14.30. Free.
3rd August 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
23rd August 2015 Kidderminster Fringe Festival Walkabout performance from 14:00 followed by a circus-themed performance at Mouth & Music with Heather Wastie. Venue: The Boars Head, Kidderminster
25th August 2015 Country Voices at the Green Wood Centre, Station Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7DR New companion event to City Voices. 19.30-21.00
7th September 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
11th September 2015 Annual Conference – The Society for Folk Life Studies Black Country Living Museum.
19th September 2015 Worcester Music Festival Street performance with Heather Wastie. Details tbc
29th September 2015 Poets In Touch Rugby Village, Old Market Place, Rugby. Dave bellowing alongside Longfella and MC Heather Wastie as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 celebrations. 19:30. £5.00
5th October 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
6th October 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poets: The Nailmakers’ Daughters: Emma Purshouse, Iris Rhodes and Marion Cockin. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
16 October 2015 National Dialect Festival Wednesbury Town Hall, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury WS10 7DF. Dave performs dialect set with Billy Spakemon, Brendan Hawthorne and others. From 19.00 £5.00 Details from 07970 441110
2nd November 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
3rd November 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poets: Simon Fletcher; Greg Freeman. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
10 November 2015 City Voices Lych Gate Tavern, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TX Guest poets are Dave (in full bellowing mode) and Jane Seabourne. 19.30. £3.00.
20 November 2015 Three Kings Parade Stourport on Severn Giggery Spokery street show with Heather Wastie. 16.00 – 19.00 around the town.
1st December 2015 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum Dave is MC as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poet: Derrick D. 19.00 – 21.30.
7th December 2015 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.

2014 events
6th January 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
3rd February 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
7th February 2014 Black Country Dialectics Netherton Arts Centre 19.30. £3.00
11th February 2014 The Works Canteen Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. This month: Heart of Industry with poet Roy Mcfarlane; short stories from Wayne Dean-Richards; music from Threezacrowd. Open mic spots available. 19.30. £3
12th February 2014 Love in Leamington & all that Jazz Leamington Spa Library Dave comperes the second year of this popular Valentine’s event organised by Julie Boden. 19.30.
21st February 2014 Spake Prapper: a Black Country TalkShow Netherton Arts Centre Dave is joined by Heather Wastie and Billy Spakemon for performances and discussion about writing in dialect. 19.30. £3.00
3rd March 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
11th March 2014 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. This month: A World of Words (for World Poetry Day) Poetry from Michaeld W.Thomas; sitar music and poetry from Rohit Ballal. Open mic spots available. 19.30. £3
7th April 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
8th April 2014 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. This month: Fool Steam Ahead. Open mic spots available. 19.30. £3\
10th April 2014 Poems, Places & Soundscapes at The Cube Gallery, The Phoenix, Leicester Dave takes part in a panel discussing digitally produced sound-&-poetry at the opening of the international exhibition curated by Mark Goodwin. 18.30
1st May 2014 Black Country Dialectics @ Dudley Archives, Tipton Road An event organised by the Friends of Dudley Archives.
5th May 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
13th May 2014 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. With Billy Spakemon. Open mic spots available. 19.30. £3
17th May 2014 Red by Night at the Black Country Living Museum A ‘Night at the Museum’ extravaganza and multi-media event.
23rd May 2014 Ashby Arts Festival at Ashby Library Dave in performance as part of Ashby Arts Festival. The Library, North St, Ashby-de-las-Zouch. 19.30 – 21.00
2nd June 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
10th June 2014 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Tonight’s guests are poet Bob Harding-Jones and duo Threezacrowd. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
26th June 2014 Letting off Steam at the Worcestershire Literary Festival Dave is StationMaster of Ceremonies for this day of steam, poetry and music, where his bellows will be fanning the flames. 11.00 – 15.00 £10 Details & booking at Worcestershire LitFest
5th/6th July 2014 overnight workshop at the Ledbury Poetry Festial 10pm – midnight an open mic session. Midnight to 5.30 writing workshop indoors and outdoors in the grounds of Hellens Manor. 5.30 t0 6am Dawn Chorus – the poems are shared with coffee and croissants outdoors as the sun rises. Details from Ledbury Poetry Festival
7th July 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
8th July 2014 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Tonight Dave will be performing with squeezebox and joined by guest poet Roz Goddard in an event to celebrate Black Country Day. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
12th July 2014 Black Country Day at the Black Country Living Museum Dave performing at various pitches around the Museum site as part of the Black Country Day celebrations. Normal museum entrance fee applies.
13th July 2014 Black Country Day at the Black Country Living Museum (morning only) Dave performing at various pitches around the Museum site as part of the Black Country Day celebrations. Normal museum entrance fee applies.
13th July 2014 Black Country Weekend at the Redhouse Glass Cone, Stourbridge During the afternoon Dave will be hosting ‘Spake Prapper’ with Heather Wastie and Billy Spakemon as part of a day of literary events. Details to follow.
4th August 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
6th August 2014 Festival de Mourèze France Performance at vernissage with Stephen Morris and Ali McK.
30th August 2014 The Black Country Goes to War at the Black Country Living Museum Outdoor story and memory collecting on the theme of World War I. Resulting booklet can be downloaded from www.radiowildfire.com/listings
1st September 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
6th September 2014 Poetry from Scratch 6 at Blakenhall Library, Wolverhampton Performance poetry workshop for Offa’s Press. 10.30 – 13.00 Details from www.offaspress.com
19th September 2014 Black Country Echoes at The Lighthouse, Wolverhampton Reading of commissioned poems at festival opening event.. Times tbc
6th October 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
7th October 2014 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. First event of the season all welcome to come along and read. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
11th October 2014 Offa’s Poetry Day in Pant Evening pub reading at the end of a full day of poetry in Pant promoted by Offa’s Press.
15th October 2014 Offa’s Poets at Oswestry Library A selection of poets from Offa’s Press featured in the current promotion from Poetry on Loan. Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN. 19.00 – 21.00.
3rd November 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
4th November 2014 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poet: Heather Wastie. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
5th November 2014 Storywalk for Age UK Starts from Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge. Details from Age UK Dudley 10.00 – 12.00 (approx)
8th November 2014 WW1 Discovery Day Event for Black Country Living Museum at Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley. Colelcting reminiscences of family members who were alive during the Great War and creating an e-book from the stories. 10.00 onwards.
26 November 2014 Black Country Poets Black Country Echoes festival event at The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton. Featuring Dave with Liz Berry, Emma Purshouse and Billy Spakemon.
1st December 2014 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
2nd December 2014 The Works Canteen at the Black Country Living Museum A monthly night of spoken word and music that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum. Guest poets: Jane Seabourne and Al Barz. 19.00 – 21.30. £3.00.
16th December 2014 Offa’s Poets at Wolverhampton Central Library Dave with Jane Seabourne, Simon Fletcher and Jeff Phelps. A Poetry-on-Loan Event. Free. 18.00-18.45

2013 events
2nd September 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
4th September 2013 Listen ‘Ere The Townhouse, Leamington Spa The evenings of words and music continue. Dave MCs with Julie Boden and Threezacrowd. 19.30 onwards. (open mic spots available).
19th September 2013 Midland Melodeon Meet for melodeon players whatever kind of box or style of music played. Open format session at Birmingham Accordion Centre. 19.00-21.00. Contact for details.
21st September 2013 Netherton Heritage Day A reminiscence collecting in the park at Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands. A Radio Wildfire event.
22nd September 2013 Taking the mic Shipston Creative Arts Festival A free Sunday lunchtime open mic event with Dave as MC. 13.00. A Radio Wildfire event.
(Townsend Hall, Sheep St, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4AE)
24th September 2013 Poetry Bites, Kings Heath, Birmingham Dave is one of two guests at this regular monthly poetry night run by Flarestack Poetry Pamphlets.
2nd October 2013 Listen ‘Ere The Townhouse, Leamington Spa The evenings of words and music continue. Dave MCs with Julie Boden and Threezacrowd. 19.30 onwards. (open mic spots available).
3rd October 2013 Empty Bowser Blues The Guildhall, Gloucester Presentation to the international flood conference. 9.30 onwards. (National Poetry Day theme: Water, Water, Everywhere).
7th October 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
17th October 2013 Midland Melodeon Meet for melodeon players whatever kind of box or style of music played. Open format session at Birmingham Accordion Centre. 19.00-21.00. Contact for details.
31st October 2013 The Ghost Writer Black Country Living Museum As part of the BCLM Hallowe’en night Dave leads a spooky tour of the site as The Ghost Writer! Expect Springheel Jack’s New Shoes from Black Country Dialectics, The Eve of All Hallows and other Reeves-type performance pieces. Tours at 7, 8, 9pm.
4th November 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
6th November 2013 Listen ‘Ere The Townhouse, Leamington Spa The evenings of words and music continue. Dave MCs with Julie Boden and Threezacrowd. 19.30 onwards. (open mic spots available).
8th-10th November 2013 Midland Accordion Festival Quality Hotel, Dudley. Details tbc
19th November NEW VENUE: The Works Canteen @ Black Country Living Museum First night of a new venue that Dave is organising as part of his work as Poet in Residence to the museum, also book launch for the publication that comes out of the last 2 years of poetry competition entries. 19.30.

earlier 2013
7th January 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
14th January 2012 Shindig Guest at the Leicester spoken word venue.
22nd January Black Country Dialectics solo show at Tipton Library 10.30 (in conjunction with Poetry on Loan)
24th January Ad Gustum New spoken word night at the Ad Gustum restaurant, Stourport-on-Severn, hosted by Michael W Thomas. 19.00-22.00
4th February 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
5th February 2013 Listen ‘Ere @ Warwick Space Regulars Julie Boden and Bailey, Perry & Wolff, plus guests. Dave comperes. 19.30 – 20.00
11th February 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00. Extra show with the usual mix of material from around the world.
20th February 2013 Love in Leamington Leamington Spa Library Performance of a setting of one of Julie Boden’s poems for her Love in Leamington Project.
21st February 2013 Midland Melodeon Meet Inaugural meeting at Birmingham Accordion Centre. Contact for details.
4th March 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
6th March 2013 Listen ‘Ere The Townhouse, Leamington Spa Regulars Julie Boden and Bailey, Perry & Wolff, plus open mic. Dave comperes this new venue. 19.30 – 22.00
3rd May 2013 Artist Reveal Yourself AEHarris, 109-138 Northwood St, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1SZ Solo performance at this new multi-disciplinary festival. 20.00-22.00 (Dave performing at 20.00hrs).
13th May 2013 Black Country Big Book Fortnight Pendeford Library, Wolverhampton Solo performance from Black Country Dialectics. 14.00-15.00.
13th May 2013 Black Country Big Book Fortnight Warstones Library, Wolverhampton Solo performance from Black Country Dialectics. 18.30-19.30.
18th May 2013 Earth Hour Worcester St John-in-Bedwardine Parish Church, St John’s, Worcester WR2 5BS Solo performance Dave Reeves Bellows. 19.00 onwards. (Ticket price includes drinks and buffet).
3rd June 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
5th June 2013 Listen ‘Ere The Townhouse, Leamington Spa The evenings of words and music come back for a new series at a new venue. Dave MCs with Julie Boden and Threezacrowd. 19.30 onwards. (open mic spots available).
8th June 2013 Once Upon a Time in The Midlands Bilston Craft Gallery Viewing of exhibition based on stories chosen by Dave and reading of Dave’s long poem of the same title. 11.30
20th June 2013 Midland Melodeon Meet for melodeon players whatever kind of box or style of music played. At Birmingham Accordion Centre. 19.00-21.00. Contact for details.
23rd June 2013 Carl Chinn on BBC Radio WM Dave talking about the Once Upon A Time In The Midlands … exhibition. 12.00 noon. Listen Here
29th June 2013 And The Doctor Said … Burslem School of Art, Stoke on Trent A writing workshop looking at peoples’ experience of health care and the health service. 10.00-16.00. _For more information, or to book a place, please contact: Jackie Reynolds (Project Co-ordinator, Staffordshire University) Email j.reynolds(at)staffs.ac.uk
1st July 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
3rd July 2013 Listen ‘Ere The Townhouse, Leamington Spa The evenings of words and music continue. Dave MCs with Julie Boden and Threezacrowd. 19.30 onwards. (open mic spots available).
7th July 2013 The Poetry Takeaway Ledbury Poetry Festival 12.00 – 15.00. Dave appears as one of the poetry chefs offering instant poems for the busy festival goer. Choose your topic and they’ll serve up your own original verse.
12th July 2013 Our Big Gig Netherton Arts Centre Part of a packed bill, Dave gives a performance of his Black Country material where the emphasis is on his use of squeezebox, props and performance a real Black Country Bellowing. It will be something like his new streetshow but indoors. More to follow …
18th July 2013 Midland Melodeon Meet for melodeon players whatever kind of box or style of music played. At Birmingham Accordion Centre. 19.00-21.00. Contact for details.
20th July 2013 And The Doctor Said … Burslem School of Art, Stoke on Trent A writing workshop looking at peoples’ experience of health care and the health service. 10.00-16.00. _For more information, or to book a place, please contact: Jackie Reynolds (Project Co-ordinator, Staffordshire University) Email j.reynolds(at)staffs.ac.uk
27th July 2013 Listen ‘Ere The Within Reach café, Market Square, Warwick Alongside Warwick Folk Festival’s events, 2 hours of words and music with Dave, Julie Boden and Threezacrowd. 17.00-19.00. (open mic spots available).
5th August 2013 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
7th August 2013 Listen ‘Ere The Townhouse, Leamington Spa The evenings of words and music continue. Dave MCs with Julie Boden and Threezacrowd. 19.30 onwards. (open mic spots available).
15th August 2013 Midland Melodeon Meet for melodeon players whatever kind of box or style of music played. At Birmingham Accordion Centre. 19.00-21.00. Contact for details.
18th August 2013 Goats Don’t Shave anniversary gig at The Robin 2 Bilston: more to follow.

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2012 events:
Monday 2nd January 2012 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 including the first transmission of Othello: an audiolog, a community project written by Dave Reeves & produced by Vaughn Reeves.
Saturday 14th January 2012 Cafe Metro, Bilston 19.30 A reading from Black Country Dialectics as part of a night of Black Country entertainment.
Monday 6th February 2012 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 including the first of a new series The Lost Poets by Mal Dewhirst.
Tuesday 28th February 2012 Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton Black Country Dialectics The full show with Dave Reeves, Heather Wastie and Chris Lomas. Full details on the Arena’s website here
Monday 5th March 2012 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 with studio guests including Roz Goddard talking about West Midlands Readers Network.
Monday 2nd April 2012 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00. Tonight’s show includes a tribute to the late Geoff Stevens, poet, publisher and all-round poetry activist.
Monday 7th May 2012 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00. Another selection of tracks from cd and original work uploaded to the Radio Wildfire website by writers and performers around the world.
Sat 19 May Museums Night, Wolverhampton Museum 16.00-19.00 readings and workshop
Saturday 26 May Geoff Stevens Tribute, The Barlow Theatre, Langley
Mon 28 May Black Country Dialectics: the show (1hr version) Wednesfield Library 2:00pm (a Black Country Big Book Fortnight event)
Wednesday 30 May West Bromwich Library, Sandwell 14.30solo reading from Black Country Dialectics
Saturday 2 June Listening to Leamington: a live Radio Wildfire transmission from Leamington Spa Heritage Festival 10.30-12.30 & 14.00-16.00 (UK time) listen online at www.radiowildfire.com
Monday 4th June 2012 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00. www.radiowildfire.com
Friday 29 June Wednesbury Art Gallery solo performance with Billy & Lozz
Monday 3rd Sept 2012 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00. First outing for the programme under its new name of re:LitAnother selection of tracks from cd and original work uploaded to the Radio Wildfire website by writers and performers around the world.
Saturday 14th July Black Country Museum – reading and workshops as part of the Newcomen Engine Festival
Friday 14 Sept Aston University solo performance with Billy & Lozz and others
Tuesday 11th September _Mouth & Music: Boars Head Gallery, Kidderminster.
Wednesday 26th Sept Pecha Kucha with Julie Boden A performance of a poem by Julie with Dave on squeezebox, a Pecha Kucha is a strictly timed event using a slideshow. Coventry.
Monday 1st Oct 2012 re:Lit, Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00.
Tuesday 2nd October Listen ‘Ere Warwick Words Festival_* Dave, Julie Boden and Campbell Perry with his band Bailey, Perry & Wolff, at the first night of this new regular venue, a collaborative venture between them. Dave comperes. *Friday 12th October _Offa's Press anthology launch_* Wolverhampton. *Thursday 25th Oct _Bilston Voices_* Friendly, regular venue at Cafe Metro, Bilston. 7.30pm *Monday 5th November 2012 _re_:Lit, _Radio Wildfire: Live!_* 20.00 - 22.00. *Tuesday 6th November _Listen 'Ere at Warwick Space_* Dave, Julie Boden and Campbell Perry with his band Bailey, Perry & Wolff, plus guests. Dave comperes. *Friday 16th November _Offa's Press showcase_* Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton *Thursday 29th November _Hit the Ode_* Birmingham's premier spoken word venue organised by Apples & Snakes. 19.30 £5 *Monday 3rd Dec 2012 _re_:Lit, _Radio Wildfire: Live!_* 20.00 - 22.00. *Tuesday 4th December _Listen 'Ere Warwick Space Regulars Julie Boden and Campbell Perry with his band Bailey, Perry & Wolff, plus guests. Dave comperes.
Wednesday 5th Dec Poetry Library Geoff Stevens tribute evening at the Poetry Library, South Bank Centre, London. 20.00 Free but book ticket through Poetry Library.

2011 events
Monday 3rd January 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include award winning poet & comedienne Naomi Paul and word artist Derrick D.
Thursday 27th January 2011 Bilston Voices, Cafe Metro, Bilston 19.30. Another 15 minutes of fame or 15 minutes of neighing as Dave imparts a little more horse sense in a quarter hour set at this intimate and friendly little venue.
Friday 4th February 2011 The Hollybush, Cradley Heath 20.30. Richard Bruce Clay’s word night at this unique independent venue where the landlord is actively engaged in the nights he promotes.
Monday 7th February 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include Norman Samuda-Smith, editor of the Panther Newsletter; poet and author of ‘Madness at the Theatre,‘Femi Oyebode; and poetry blogger and tweeter, The Daily Poet.
Wednesday 30th March 2011 Flood Stories, Storytelling Centre, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff 09.30 – 16.00 Dave sums up the conference, subtitled Exploring Informal Narratives of Resilience Past & Present, with a performance poem written during the day.
Monday 4th April 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include Emma Purshouse and David Calcutt.
Saturday 9th April 2011 Talking Cities, Library Theatre, . An event organised by Birmingham Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane with Dave Reeves, Kokumo, Julie Boden, Bohdan Piasecki, Roz Goddard, Kiesha Thompson and Alan ‘Kurly’ McGeachie,.
Saturday 4th June 2011 Radio Wildfire presents @ Shipston Arts Festival Radio Wildfire brings together stars of word and performance poetry for the first arts festival at Shipston-on-Stour. Poets throughout the afternoon – free. Plus an evening concert featuring Dave, Roy Mcfarlane and the excellent singer songwriter Reg Meuross. Venue: The Townsend Hall, Sheep St CV36 4AE.
Monday 6th June 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 studio guests include Michael W.Thomas.
Thursday 16th June 2011 Living Flood Histories Conference Guildhall Arts Centre, Gloucester All day. A summing up of this major international conference with verse written during the day plus the work first showcased in the workshop on 30th March.
Monday 4th July 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 studio guests Naomi Paul, Dr Eric Doumerc, Alan ‘Kurly’ McGeachy.
Saturday 9th July 2011 Sandwell Festival Dave performs through the specailly built at the launch of the festival.
Saturday 23rd July 2011 Sandwell Festival 13.00 – 14.00. Dave performs at Unit 41-42, Queens Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich B70 7NJ. A great double bill with Heather Wastie. Admission Free – plus there is free tea and cakes for everyone! Festival brochure available here
Saturday 23rd July 2011 the Great West Midlands Poetry Relay (a Cultural Olympiad Open Weekend project) 18.20 hrs. Telford Services. Dave writes and delivers a poem on the theme of an alternative ‘Olympic’ event which could be hosted by location no.9 in the relay, Telford Odeon Cinema (outside) directions When all nine of the poems written for venues in the relay so far have been performed, Dave will join the other relay poets and meet up with poet no 10, Roz Goddard, for a final performance of all the day’s poems at The Pie and Ale House, Crabbery Street, Stafford, ST16 2BA at 7.30pm. Free.
Monday 1st August 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 studio guests George Hardwick from PGR, Leamington.
Monday 3rd October 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 studio guests including poet Sue Brown.
Saturday 8th October 2011 States of Independence (West) 14.00 Book Festival publishers event. Dave reading from the new book Black Country Dialectics.
Tuesday 11th October 2011 City Voices, Wolverhampton 19.15 Dave reading from the new book Black Country Dialectics.
Thursday 27th October 2011 Bilston Voices 19.30 Dave reading from the new book Black Country Dialectics.
Saturday 29th October Imperial Banqueting Suite, Lichfield Street, Bilston 19.30 Black Country Cinemas/ Black Country Theatres Dave takes part in the launch of two new by Ned Williams, reading from his own new book Black Country Dialectics.
Monday 7th November 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 studio guests include poet Julie Boden.
Wednesday 9th November 2011 Bilston Library 16.00-17.00 Black Country Dialectics: the show Dave is joined by Heather Wastie and Chris Lomas to further this autumn’s world tour of Bilston.
Sunday 4th December 2011 Marrs Bar, Worcester 19.45 Launch of Mumbo Jumbo cd Dave comparing the launch event for the new cd from roots trio Mumbo Jumbo.
Monday 5th December 2011 Radio Wildfire: Live! 20.00 – 22.00 studio guests to include poet David Hart.
Saturday 10th December 2011 Grounds for Improvement Launch of this digital exhibition about two former mental institutions in Walsall from a Radio Wildfire Community Project.
Saturday 17th December 2011 Waterstones, Wolverhampton 15.00 A solo reading from Dave’s new book Black Country Dialectics.

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2010 events
Monday 4th January 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 with guests David Calcutt and Melinda Deathgoth
Monday 1st February 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 – guests include Tindal Street novelist Jeff Phelps.
Wednesday 3rd February 2010 The Hollybush, Cradley Heath 20.30. Richard Bruce Clay’s venue on it’s final Wednesday night. After this it moves to Friday’s. Others present include Charlie Jordan and Brendan Hawthorne.
Monday 1st March 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include Writing West Midlands Chief Exec Jonathan Davidson.
Saturday 13th March 2010 The Fold, Worcestershire 20.00 The Wooden Horse of Dr Troy rides into The Fold to join the launch event for their annual Blues and Music Festival – with Mumbo Jumbo & others.
Thursday 25th March 2010 Bilston Voices, Cafe Metro, Bilston 19.30. Another 15 minutes of fame or 15 minutes of neighing as Dave imparts a little more horse sense in a quarter hour set at this intimate and friendly little venue.
Monday 5th April 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include poets Brendan Hawthorne and Beth Somerford, plus performance poet & father of Brian the Balloon Dog, Spoz.
Monday 3rd May 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include dub poet Moqapi Selassie and poet and children’s comedian Ian Billings.
Thursday 6th May 2010 Chipping Campden Literature Festival Schools work.
Thursday 27th May 2010 Rhymes @ The Custard factory, Birmingham. Poetry speed dating!
Monday 7th June 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 Listen
Tuesday 8th June 2010 City Voices, Wolverhampton. Radio Wildfire Field Recording with poets from Offas Press, and a set by Dave. Details
Saturday 19th June 2010 Taurus Crafts Blues Festival, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 6BU Dave as compere, with Big Blues Tribe, Bex Marshall, Tommy Allen and others.
Saturday 3rd July Blues Festival: The Fold, Worcestershire Dave comperes, with Trevor Burton Band, Mumbo Jumbo, Big Blues Tribe and others. Details
Monday 5th July 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include Roz Goddard, Michael W Thomas & Julie Boden, George Ttoouli. Listen
Tuesday 13th July 2010 Stratford upon Avon Writing Outside the Box, a poetry workshop led by Dave Reeves (Sold Out).
Monday 2nd August 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include Jacqui Rowe & Meredith Andrea, and Stuart Zola.
Monday 6th September 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include Adrian Johnson, Julie Boden, Tony Stringfellow.
Wednesday 27 October 2010 Warwickshire Libraries Fantastic Fun With Words Festival An all day community writing project on Warwickshire’s mobile library Othello, touring the area around Ryton and Stretton, collecting anecdotes and writing about reading.
Monday 1st November 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include new Birmingham poet laureate Roy Mcfarlane and The Bugged! project.
Monday 22nd November 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 18.30 – 20.00 The 20th Anniversary Mrs T-Party: a satire with Dave Reeves and Adrian Johnson.
Monday 22nd November 2010 Cafe Abri, Digbeth Birmingham 20.30 – 22.00 The 20th Anniversary Mrs T-Party goes out on the road and does an instant replay of the show from Radio Wildfire before a live audience.
Monday 6th December 2010 Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 guests include award winning novelist Jim Crace; poet Lucy Jaynes; and poet and monologuist Shayla Sharif.

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2009 events:
Monday 2nd March 2009 – Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00 Dave presenting the regularly Monthly Live show with guests Spoz and Norman Samuda-Smith.
Wednesday 25th March 2009 – Chris Morgan’s Poetry Show on Unityfm (central Bham + internet) 18.00 – 19.00
Saturday 28th March – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton Dr Troy as part of Jean Vincent & The NiteCapz
Monday 30th March 2009 – Cherrington Arms, Warks a return to Tim Porter’s blues venue when Dave’s The Wooden Horse of Dr Troy gives a performance between sets by the blues and roots trio Mumbo Jumbo.
Thursday April 2nd – The Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Opening of the exhibition Open Book.
Monday 6th April 2009 – Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00
Friday 15th May 2009 – Thorns community theatre, Dudley
Dave Reeves comperes and performs on this Impress mixed bill headed by Zimbabwean group Siyaya. 19.30hrs
Monday 1st June 2009 – Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00
Saturday July 4th – Blues Festival, Worcester
Dave Reeves: The Wooden Horse of Dr Troy compering this one day feast of blueness. Details from Blues at The Fold
Monday 6th July 2009 – Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00
Saturday 11th July 2009 – Blues Festival, Stourport, Worcs.
Please note, this event is cancelled as of 1/7/09.
Saturday 22nd August – Blues Festival, The Jinney Ring, Bromsgrove, Worcs.
Yet another blues festival to compere and be the free-reed blowing blues ranter! DR gives it some welly (or some sandals, according to the weather).
Tuesday 1st September 2009 – The Tin Angel, Coventry Dave guests at the Heaventree Press monthly venue.
Monday 7th September 2009 – Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00
Thursday 24th September 2009 – Rhymes, Birmingham A monthly poetry cabaret at The Custard Factory Theatre, Digbeth.
Friday 2nd October 2009 – Warwick Words Poetry Cafe A lunchtime spot at the annual poetry cafe organised as part of the excellent Warwick Words festival. Starts @ 13.45.
Monday 5th October 2009 – Radio Wildfire: Live 20.00 – 22.00
Wednesday 4th November 2009 – The Hollybush, Cradley Heath Richard Bruce Clay’s venue.

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Some 2008 shows:
Saturday 5th July 2008 – 1st Wichenford Blues Festival
Blues all day plus Dave/Dr Troy as compere at Wichenford, Worcestershire.
Sunday 6th July 2008 – Buzzwords @ Ledbury Poetry Festival
Dave is the guest for this special event by Buzzwords, Cheltenham’s Poetry Cabaret.
Saturday July 12, 2008 – The Dark Write of the Sole – Extreme Writing Workshop
Dave leads an allnight writing workshop in the great, inspiring outdoors – walking the Malvern Hills.
Wednesday 30th July 2008 – Gloucester Blues Festival
The Wooden Horse of Dr Troy plus the blues and roots trio Mumbo Jumbo.
Monday 29th September 2008 – Cherrington Arms, Warks
Blues every Monday at Tim Porter’s venue: Tonight Dave fills in the gap between David Bristow and Big Joe Louis.
Thursday 2nd October 2008 – Warwick Words Festival
Guerilla Publishing – 10.00am – 1.00pm. A workshop where you will be taken through the art of publishing in unexpected places and unusual ways, and be able to contribute to a publication which will be published during the session.
Monday 20th October 2008 – 8.00pm – The Robin 2, Bilston
Dave doing a stand-up rant between the bands. Jean Vincent & The NiteCapz reformed for a one-off gig in support of Goats Don’t Shave – not to be missed!
Saturday 22nd November 2008 – Wednesbury Rugby Club
Dave with a performance of writing in his native Black Country dialect, plus props and squeezebox aplenty – on a bill organised by Brendan Hawthorne, which also includes Geoff Stevens & Greg Stokes.

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Some 2007 shows:
Saturday 8th September 2007 – Lapidus Conference, Leicester: a Whirled Service performance at the annual conference of the organisation of Literary Arts in Personal Development.
Tuesday 11th September 2007 – Barlow Theatre, Langley: A return to an old stomping ground where Dave used to compere the Spouting Forth nights. Dave plus instruments.
Thursday 4th October 10.00pm to dawn – an Extreme Writing Workshop in Warwick Castle Dungeons: as part of Warwick Words Festival Dave will run the latest in Raw Edge Magazine’s series of Extreme Writing Workshops
Friday 5th October 7.30pm – Bomere Heath, Shropshire: the official launch of the Ballads for Bomere Heath.
Sunday 7th October 11.00-5.00pm – Words & Wonders, Shugborough Hall, Stafford/ 10.00-5.00pm – Warwick Words festival: Raw Edge Magazine Small Press Tent with information about about small press and independent publishers from the West Midlands and beyond.
Monday 26th November 2007 – Cherington Arms, Cherington, Warks: a performance alongside the Big Blues Tribe.
Sunday 2nd December 2007 – Cheltenham Poetry Cafe, Exmouth Arms, Bath Rd, Cheltenham.
Tuesday 11 December 2007 – The City Bar, Wolverhampton