NOBS poetry and spoken word event launch at Ramsgate’s Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush in Ramsgate High Street

A free and inclusive poetry and spoken word event is launching in Ramsgate this weekend.

NOBS (No BS) is a poetry and spoken word event which debuts on this Sunday (July 24) at Sugar Rush in Ramsgate.

Doors open 7pm. There’s a free drink for everyone who attends, plus entertaining performances and the chance to do something a bit different on a Sunday night. Sunday’s event is the launch party for a new regular poetry night, started by two local poets hoping to make poetry more relevant and accessible to people who might not have considered it before.

There will be performances by some established local poets plus new talent, and everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a poem of their own if they’d like a turn on the mic – but no pressure!

It’s also encouraged to turn up, clap and cheer and enjoy a drink in the Sugar Rush venue.

Co-host Genevieve Pepper said:  “Thanet is packed with talent, creativity and voices that need to be heard. Our NOBS night is intended as a place where people can try out material, without any judgement or criticism.

“Poetry is often seen as cliquey, hard to understand and snobby. NOBS is the opposite of that. We want to create a little community, and support local talent, particularly voices that are often marginalised, such as LGBTQ+, BAME and neuro divergent performers.

“Everyone is welcome, and we’d love to hear poems from people who’ve never tried it before. Be brave! Or just enjoy your free drink and make some new friends.”

Fellow host Jenny Barlow added: “I’m hoping that holding NOBS in an accessible venue that is locally renowned for being a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community will encourage people from all walks of life to feel welcome to share their work, hear something thought provoking, and our audience will leave with their hearts full and their brains tickled.”

The event is one of many community activities taking place at Sugar Rush, including a sober social club, social singing choir, LGBTQ+ club night and more……

Sugar Rush is at 66 High Street, Ramsgate