Mark Connors - Word Club

Mark Connors - author and poet

Ilkley Literature Festival's Open Mic winner for 2014 and 2015!

"Mark has many qualities which make him an excellent host of spoken word evenings. He is an authentic person who genuinely appreciates and admires the work of other artists and is happy to showcase their work. You know you are in for a good night with Mark at the helm. What comes shining through in his persona and his written work is his humanity and honesty. He is not afraid to appear vulnerable and this endearing approach is encouraging and reassuring to other writers as they stand up and bare a little bit of their soul."
David Clegg

Word Club

WORD CLUB is a monthly open mic poetry night at The Chemic Tavern, Leeds, held on the final Friday of each month from 7.30 pm. It is hosted by Mark Connors and Gill Lambert. The night usually consists of three headline poets and an open mic. Since its inception in 2015, WORD CLUB has hosted some of the region's most celebrated poets and a good few from other corners of the country, including Helen Mort, Kim Moore, Kate Fox and Antony Dunn and is proud to host some of our most exciting up and coming poets. We also run WORD CLUB SPECIALS for book launches and are proud to have been a founding creative partner of the Poetry at the Parsonage Festival with The Bronte Society in Haworth since 2016.

Many WORD CLUB open mic regulars have being widely published and we go the extra mile to help and encourage poets new to the scene to develop their skills both live at WORD CLUB and on the page, via our monthly workshops and seminars. For further information about our workshops and seminars, contact us at

WORD CLUB also broadcasts WORD CLUB: The Sunday Sessions on the second Sunday of each month at 10 am on Chapel FM (ELFM Radio). Our monthly show features guest poets reading and discussing all aspect of the poetry scene and includes regular updates of other open mic nights, new publications, publishing opportunities and competitions.

If you would like to be included on our email list to be kept informed of future events and news, please contact us at

The Chemic Tavern, 9 Johnston Street, Woodhouse, Leeds LS6 2NG.
And remember, the first rule of WORD CLUB is: WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT WORD CLUB... SO SPREAD THE WORD!