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Tongue in Chic...

Tongue in Chic (TiC) is an Open Mic event for Poetry and Spoken Word, Toungue in Chichosted by Mark. However, it is much more than just the events. By providing a website and a forum, it is seeking to build a poetic community. TiC aims to encourage new writers and performers to go public. We also aim to be a catalyst that helps Mk based poets perform to wider audiences.

A key element of Tongue in Chic is that we bring established poets and performers into Milton Keynes to headline each show. That poet can see the talent we have in MK and they provide an entertaining and hopefully inspiring presence at the event.

We support and have links with similar Open Mic nights (and we’re looking for more so please get in touch).

Ripping Pages   


Pure and Good and Right


Farrago Slams


Poetry Bites     

Kings Heath

Blue Night Fruit  




Bang Said the Gun  




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True Fiction

From today, you’ll notice Crime has gone missing
Vanished without a trace since yesterday.
Crime is now located in
the West Wing
As always, find Politics,
and you’re not far away

Adventure is just around
the corner
Though it can’t be seen
from current affairs
Philosophy you will have
to think about
It is close to Sex which
you’ll find upstairs

Yes, we’ve taken liberties with classification
You’ll pick it up, though at
first it seems like a mess
And since we moved
Religion next to Hygiene 
Cleanliness really is
next to godliness

If you’re looking for a murder, ask Jane on reception
Enquire nicely to avoid workplace friction
And due to overwhelming public demand
Political manifestos have now been moved to fiction

Crimes against humanity remain by management
And it seemed sensible to put Mediation by their side
Finally, if you can’t find Romance, see Jim
in the stockroom
Who tells me he’ll be only
too happy to oblige.


This poem was inspired by a notice in the staff room of Milton Keynes Central Library after a reorganisation
- true Story


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