Caroline Vero has been writing poetry for several years during which time she has been published in several poetry anthologies and magazines. Caroline’s love 0f poetry led her to decide to create her own open mic poetry night, so after visiting Central London poetry events and attending and reading at various poetry nights there, Caroline had a real idea of what she wanted to find in the new South London venue, where experienced poets would share their work and writers of any level of experience could come and share their talents in a friendly environment.

Angela Brodie and Caroline met while attending poetry workshops and collaboration and friendship ensued. Angela was ready to jump in with both feet when the idea of Beyond Words came along and has been a great mover and shaker in its establishment and development.  Angela has read in a number of central London poetry venues as well as those nearer to home in South London and has been published in the Loose Muse Anthology.

After deciding on the intimate setting of the back room in The Gipsy Hill Tavern it was time to book some talented writers and invite the audience in.

Beyond Words was up and running in March 2012 and has become known for its non-imposing, free-flowing atmosphere, as well as its portfolio of accomplished and up and coming talent.

For open-mic poets who have delighted us over the last four years 2016 was their year!  We featured our local heroes in special “showcases” and are always looking and listening for new voices. Come along and make yours heard. We warmly welcome you to Beyond Words and its relaxed ‘cafe’ ambience.

Extra curricular ….

Angela and Caroline were invited to take hold of the poetry element of The Crystal Palace Festival in 2012. With an outdoor venue in the threatened 60mph winds and grey skies waiting to unleash their downpour the poets were absolute heroes, being buffetted past rhyme and reason.

In fear of a repeat performance given the non-summer, for the 2013 Crystal Palace Festival event a plan was made for an indoor Poetry Trail around willing venues in Crystal Palace. Beyond Words would like to offer huge thanks to Crystal Palace Antiques, Blue Door Bicycles and The Secret Garden for offering space for each performance on the ‘Trail’ and also to the restaurant Mediterranea who were kind enough to host a profusion of poets during the Sunday afternoon.

2014 brought a new twist on a theme with a different approach, this time to acknowledge the centenary and in remembrance of the First World War, we organised an evening of song, poetry and drama in Crystal Palace Library (saved from closure with our support!) headlined by these extraordinary poets;-  John Greening, Hylda Sims, Agnes Meadows, and Matthew Caley and with a dramatic presentation from Fiona-Jane Weston the actress writer and singer.

The Crystal Palace Festival is on hold at the present time, with its organisers planning to start again in 2017 with a brand new bigger and brighter local venue where we hope to bring a selection of marvellous poetry voices to the mix.



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