First night in North Bar for Harrogate literary group

The North Bar in Harrogate which will host Poems, Prose & Pints night.
The North Bar in Harrogate which will host Poems, Prose & Pints night.

Harrogate’s most vibrant literary group holds its first event in its new home next week.

Over the past ten years Poems, Prose and Pints has became established firmly as part of the Yorkshire spoken word scene.

Known as the friendly literary group, the unpaid volunteers of Poems, Prose and Pints hadalways stayed loyal to its monthly venue at the Tap n Spile pub on Tower Street.

But recent news that the pub’s long-term landlord was leaving and that the pub may be closing for refurbishment and a possible change of direction left them potentially homeless.

Harrogate Advertiser’s Graham Chalmers suggested he help find a new venue and before long into the breach stepped Christian Townsley, the director of North Bar, one of the pioneers of the Leeds craft beer boom which opened a popular new branch in Harrogate last year.

P, P & P's first event in its new home in the upstairs room at the North Bar on Cheltenham Parade will take place on Wednesday, April 16.

As well as its highly popular open mic session, each monthly P, P & P boasts a published poet or performer.

Next week the star turn is Mark Connors, an award-winning writer from Leeds who has won Ilkley Literature Festival’s Open Mic competition two years’ running.

His brilliant new collection is out now on Stairwell Books and Mark is also co-managing editor at Half Moon books in Otley.

For anyone wishing to give a five-minute reading in the open mic slot, the advice is to sign up on the door or email organiser Helen Shay at

Admission to Poems, Prose and Pints costs just £1.