Live performance

BURNT TOAST: Late Night Open Mic Poetry

Saturday 25 May
National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
20.00 - 21.15
£ 10.00 - £7.50 (U18/Young NNF)

TOAST, the team behind Norfolk’s biggest regular poetry night, is mixing things up with an after hours slam poetry open mic!

Grab a slot, show off your best work, and help us to celebrate East Anglia as a hotbed of creative talent. Includes a headline set from Jasmine Gardosi.

Open mic slots will open from 9am on Saturday 20 April. Please email [email protected] with your name. They will then reply to you to confirm if you have a performance slot of three minutes. There are eight slots available by email, and two more ‘RISK IT’ slots will open at the event so you can chance your luck on the night!  



Part of City of Literature weekend 2024


City of Literature is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by the National Centre for Writing.


Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and recent winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Jasmine uses audience participation, beatboxing and manipulation of voice and body in order to explore LGBTQ+ issues, sex education and mental health. Her work has appeared on Sky Arts, Button Poetry, at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, and across BBC Radio, including BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, Radio 4 and BBC Asian Network. Jasmine runs West Midlands Poets’ Place, as well as regular school and community workshops around the country.


Photo: Jasmine Gardosi (c) Neal Kemsley