Friday July 21st


The Storey Auditorium

Doors Open 7pm - Open Mic 7.15 - 7.45pm

Admission £5 / £3(conc.)

The Line-Up


Claire Dean - Prose 

Claire Dean's short stories are widely published and have been included in The Best British Short Stories 2017, 2014 & 2011 (Salt). Marionettes and Into the Penny Arcade are published as chapbooks by Nightjar Press and she has stories in the Comma Press science-into-fiction books Thought X, Spindles and Beta-Life. Her first collection, The Museum of Shadows and Reflections (Unsettling Wonder) was published in 2016.



Simon Baker - Prose 


Simon has been a regular Spotlight compere since Noah built the Ark - he is also a writer and makes a rare appearance on tonight's bill to broach such questions as... Can the youth who hands you the darts at the funfair hit the target every time? Do you ever wonder about the nurse's blood pressure? Can the barman hold his drink? Does the environment secretary think climate change matters? Can a compere also write? Let's find out!




Jezz Mort - Poetry

Jez Mort is a poet who has been told off for swearing too much, he thinks he swears just the correct amount. There's a lot to swear about.




Bonnie May Calvert - Poetry  

One of the talented young performers from our recent 'Listening To Youth' project Bonnie writes mostly poetry and short stories and obtained a Creative Writing Degree from Edge Hill Unisversity last year. She has lived in Germany, London, Lithuania and 'worst of all Essex'.




Chris Watkins 

Chris has been singing and playing and writing songs for twenty-five years, in bands and duos and on his ownsome. Following the long predicted demise of punk he now dedicates himself in service of good lyrics, unruly emotion and helping couples hold hands across the table after an argument.



Based in Lancaster Karena are an indie-pop n' summer vibes

band who first appeared at Spotlight at our 'Listening to

Youth' Showcase in March. Their members are Tom Mulliner -

Vocals, guitar & keys, Jamie Lambert Guitar, Vocals, Fraser

Mulliner - Bass and Adam Pierce - Drums/Percussion.

Their influences include Two Doors Cinema Club, Arctic

Monkeys, The Beatles, Catfish and the Bottlemen and

The 1975.


Guest Compere: John Scott