Incite @ Phoenix poetry night

Venue: Phoenix artists club
When: second Wednesday of the month (excl December); 7-9pm
Tickets: Free. Turn up on the night - get there early if you want a seat as it gets busy

Phoenix Artists Club is a wonderful traditional Soho basement venue. Decked out for "actors" - think wood panneled walls, highly backed faux velvet chairs and signed head shots.

Through the bar there is a private area sectioned off, with beamed ceilings and a stage and a mic. A perfect setting to hear some poetry.

When you go through, a warm welcome from Trudy, the host and event creator, greets you.

This event is run by Camden LGBT forum. Each month, several guest performance poets open the event.

Trudy makes sure details of the guest performers are pinned up and there is a table for poets to sell their collections.

Incite began in May 2013 when Trudy wanted to put together something that was social and cultural. A chance for people to meet and socialise outside of the club scene, and get some culture at the same time.

The mixed audience was filled with LGBT poetry fans.

The stage was decorated with a Banksy style poster naming and shaming the 76 countries where homosexuality is still illegal.

The lights dimmed and Trudy took the stage, opening the night with news and a couple of themed poems.

The 2 guest performers this month were outstanding. Danni Antagonist and Keith Jarratt gave excellent down-to-earth sets of the various trials and tribulations of love, life, gayness, politics and writing with rhythms and cadence that delighted the crowd.

Incite is a very accessible event for poetry fans and newcomers alike. The open mic slot is very welcoming. Two poets braved the stage and it's a great platform if you are a beginner to performing your own work. And it's a very safe LGBT audience to explore themes specific to our community.