By Claire Houghton: Students at Staffordshire University have been showcasing their talents in the final week of term.
The Open Mic Night was organised by the Creative Writing Society and featured singers, speakers and performances of slam poetry.
Performers included Adam Chapman, who sang an acoustic medley of Christmas songs, as well as James Deacon who performed a self-composed song.
There were also original performances from a range of poets, including Alexander Mazey and Wendy Jackson.
The society’s social co-ordinator Richard Redwin told StaffsLive about the need for a platform for creative writers.
“There’s not really a public platform for prose writers,” he said. “Slam poetry is really popular elsewhere and there are a lot of open mic nights out in town, so it seemed like there was a real market for this kind of thing.
“We’ve never had anything at the university, so it just made sense to put something together like this for people to showcase their work and demonstrate the talent they have.”
The Creative Writing Society was also distributing copies of its new magazine Work in Progress, which is set to be a regular monthly publication.
Click below to hear an extract of Alex Mazey’s poem ‘I’m getting a job at Subway, you should get a job at Subway too’: