Word of Mouth is a partnership between City Chameleon and Tangent Books.

WoM promotes regular literature events in Bristol and presents to audiences the best local and national spoken word performers, writers and singer songwriters. Creating a platform for launching local artists onto the national circuit and introducing national performers to local audiences. The programmers also make links with national networks to ensure the region engages with and provides a platform for international performers who are touring Britain.

On the first Wednesday of every month we have a regular performance evening at the Thunderbolt and are in partnership with Bristol Old Vic to present a regular monthly spoken word event at their King St theatre.

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  1. I manage the Discovery Centre at City Academy, which includes the library 🙂 We would like to start a group for young writers and wanted to ask if anyone from Word of Mouth would like to come and help out as a volunteer? I would supervise the group and nobody would be left alone with children! If anyone you know is looking at getting into teaching this would help them, it would also help them get workshops with schools in future. If the group is popular then we might be able to pay someone in future.

  2. Hi Helen,

    thanks for your email. At Word of Mouth we are not in a position to provide anyone to volunteer. I am, however, involved in a network of poetry promotres in Bristol and I will post it them with your email. They may have someone available and I will tell them to get in touch with you direct.

    Bertel Martin

  3. Hi Bertel,
    I run a small press, Awen, formerly based in Bath, now relocated to Stroud. We offer a spoken word showcase – with poetry, storytelling and music (see website, under Garden of Awen). Let me know if Word of Mouth is interested in hosting one of our evenings, or showcasing some of our wordsmiths.
    best wishes,

  4. Bertel Martin

    Hi Kevan,

    we would be interested in talking more about linking up. Can I contact you mid November about this?

    Best wishes,


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  11. Suzanne Audrey

    Hi Bertel
    Please can you check if the Clara Butt performance is advertised for Word of Mouth at the Thunderbolt on 2nd May?

    A Victorian superstar is brought to life

    ‘An Audience with Dame Clara Butt’ tells the story of a Victorian superstar who began her career in Bristol. A blue plaque marks the house in Bellevue Road, Totterdown, where she lived as a child in the 1880s.
    Clara was educated at South Bristol High School, where her singing talent was recognised. She sang in churches and halls across the city before winning international acclaim. Standing at over six feet tall, and with a voice that some said could be heard across the channel, Clara Butt was an imposing figure.
    Her story will be told at The Thunderbolt on May 2nd April. The 45-minute performance includes music by Elgar and Saint-Saens and imagined conversations with Dame Clara’s contemporaries and an opportunity for the audience to join in with her ‘smash hits’, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.
    Alexandra Denman, who sings and directs with Bristol Opera and regularly presents the Evening Post Christmas Concert at the Colston Hall, will be taking the lead role.
    She will be accompanied by pianist John Bowen and actor Ian Bouncer, who plays a number of characters including Queen Victoria and composer Edward Elgar.
    An exhibition about the contralto will also be on show.

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