Poetry open mic at the Capel!

Since April 2022, Poetry open mic at the Capel is no longer.

We used to be known as the Fireside Poets and we would meet  on a Friday at the Fireside Cafe, Bargoed, alas we had to find new premises because of new owners.

Photo of Fireside poets 2014

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Since July 2014 we became the Capel Poets. Poetry Open mic at the Capel, Bargoed. We meet on the first Monday evening of each month. Created and hosted by me Julie Pritchard. I am a performance and published poet.

We meet at the Capel Hotel, Bargoed, CF81 8LW.

Time Doors open 7pm, mic opens 7 30pm till 10pm.

We are a free event open to all and all are welcome.

We receive no funding just a raffle.

Our FB page


No open mic in January 2020.

Monday February 3rd 2020 joined by Poet Tim Richards who read from his latest collection “Surviverse”

Monday March the 2nd 2020 American poet Emilee Moyce came to read from her pamphlet titled “Macular Degeneratior”

Monday April 6th event was cancelled due to pandemic. I will be launching my 4th collection titled “Between Aurora” and Twilight. We met October 2021 but due to uncertainty regarding covid we cancelled We will be back March 7th 2022

October 7th 2019 a wonderful evening of the spoken word, stories and laughter.

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September the 2nd 2019 Playwright and poet Patrick Jones joined us. A great evening, breathing in words and letting them out into a great atmosphere. All in fab working class pub!

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Monday April 1st 2019 another wonderful evening of poetry, music and song, such a good vibe. Thought provoking reading from Mair De – Gare Pitt and breathtaking art from Jill Powell. Good to see Jeff Hankin. Thank you for your words, songs, music and ears and a special thanks to Capel barmaid Lisa.

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Monday 4th March 2019 was a Welsh themed evening and our guest reader was writer and poet Jeremy Hooker. There was music from Norman, Barry and Simon and wonderful poetry, from our readers, Dr David Williams, Katrina, Gael Humphries, Cliff James, Debbie Price Ceri Creffield, and myself Julie Pritchard. Thank you for the ears of Leighton Smart, Ian Jenkins, Alma, Emily, Eleanor. A big thank you to Lisa the barmaid, Olwen Heenan for the Welsh cakes.

Jeremy Hooker and myself.

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List of guest reader 2019

March 4th, Jeremy Hooker,

April 1st, Mair De Gare Pitt,

May 6th, Jonathan Richards.

September 2nd Patrick Jones.


In the past we  have had many guest readers Emily Blewitt, Patrick Jones, Mike Jenkins, Mike Church, Christina Thatcher, Jeremy Hooker, Johnathan Edwards, Bob Walton, Claire Williamson, Elizabeth Parker, Paul Deaton, Alan Roderick, Robert Minhinnick, Peter Finch and others.

Bob Walton, Paul Deaton, Claire Williamson and Lizzy Parker.

Bernard Harrington and Mike Jenkins.

Alan Roderick and Emily Blewitt.

Peter Finch.

Ian Chobs and Jonathan Edwards.

Poetry open mic at the Capel is an open mic and is open to anyone who has a poem, short story, song or would like to play to us.

Our regulars. Dr Dai Williams, Ceri Creffield, Cliff James. Sadly Gael past away 2020, Gael Humphreys, myself Julie Pritchard, Leighton Smart.

Ceri Creffield.

Cliff James

Creator and host ,
Julie Pritchard.

Leighton Smart.

Other regulars too and the wonderful but sadly deceased John Davies

Poetry Open mic at the Capel is a free event open to all and all are welcome!

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