Recent News


November 2013

Lots of Doctor Who related activity this month (unsurprisingly as it is the 50th anniversary.

I am involved in two events as part of Manchester’s Who at Fifty Fringe Festival (running from 16th November to 30th November). On Thursday 21st, I will be hosting a special Who-themed pub quiz in association with Manchester Library Service at the Lass O’Gowrie. On Monday 25th November, I will be performing my one-man show Strange World Odd People.

Full details here: Who at Fifty Facebook Page


On Friday 22nd November, I am honoured to be hosting (and performing a guest set) at the official launch event for the Fifty Years of Doctor Who Fans exhibition at the National Media Museum in Bradford.



End September 2013

Oh dear, have been rubbish about updating the website again…

One-man show Strange World Odd People went well in the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

Never a dull moment in Rod’s company, keeping us entertained, with his comical, witty & sarcastic banter….  There were roars of laughter and smiles from his audience as he explored the world of science fiction with great joy, making it fun and adventurous…. Geek chic! An amazing experience that is truly enjoyable.”

A full review can be read here.

Rod in Strange World Odd People

Rod in Strange World Odd People

It will be returning for another performance as part of  2-week Who@50 festival in Manchester during November.

I have also had a fab time guesting at nights such as Tongue In Cheek, Neo:Live and Incite! at The Phoenix Artists club in London.

Rod at Incite!@The Phoenix in London

Rod at Incite!@The Phoenix in London

I also had a marvellous time interviewing Dan Starkey (aka the Sontaran Strax from Doctor Who) at Fab Café back in July.



End May 2013

Well, May turned out to be a great month for me!

My book launch was a success at Manchester City Library. The room was full and the audience was very appreciative so I was a very happy poet. A review of the event can be read at The Fiction Stroker review website here.

Steph Pike performing a support slot

Steph Pike performing a support slot

Book launch poster

Book launch poster

Rod performing at book launch

Rod performing at book launch


Overjoyed to have won the poetry slam at the Audlem Music and Arts Festival! Lots of talented poets on that night so the going was tough! Some details here.

With Emma Purshouse at the Audlem Festival Poetry Slam

With Emma Purshouse at the Audlem Festival Poetry Slam

I have also been asked to host and act as interviewer at ‘An Audience  with Dan Starkey’ at Fab Café in Manchester on 9th July. Dan Starkey plays the Sontaran Strax in Doctor Who!! For details, see here.

An Audience with Dan Starkey

An Audience with Dan Starkey


End April 2013

The last edits are being made to my poetry collection Strange World Odd Person, being released by Flapjack Press.

Very excited about the launch coming up on Thur 16 May at Manchester City Library. In addition to me, there will be performances from the utterly fantastic Sarah Miller and Steph Pike!

Click here for event details and FREE tickets.

Click here for a performance of one of the poems.


From the back cover:

Transported from the Garden of England to the gay clubs of Manchester’s Canal St, Rod Tame soon finds himself exploring the confounding values of British society. However, when encountering murderous denizens of Middle England, fallen saints in Spanish bars, event horizons and perilous next-gen cyborgs, will the nurturing wisdom of Doctor Who, Start Trek and The Avengers – or even Most Haunted – prove enough to win the day?

“A voyage of self-discovery, all the way from outer to inner space, punchy, poignant and engaging by turns.” Rosie Garland, poet, novelist & March Violet

“Playfully energetic with a good dollop of the profound.” Gerry Potter, poet, playwright & director

If the geek shall inherit the earth then this debut collection could just well save the entire planet….


April 2013

Currently going through the final editing of my debut poetry collection Strange World Odd Person that will be published by Flapjack Press in May!! Corks!

Already had the pleasure of being interviewed on Wythenshawe FM 97.2 and various gig lined up. See the the Gigs page for details.

Write Out Loud Sale is Tuesday 16th April. Open micers get 4 minutes each and our fabulous guests will be:

Kieren King
Kieren is a UK based performance poet, winner of the 5th annual Big Bilston Love Slam and co-host of Bang Said The Gun: Manchester. He is 1 of only 9 poets invited to compete in the 2012 UK All-Stars of Poetry slam.
As a member of the Working Verse Collective he co-wrote and performed in their critically acclaimed show “Amateur Thematics”. Their first collection “The Prequel To The Sequel” is available from Flapjack Press (also available from Amazon & Waterstones).
A heathen and an anarchist, he must be approached with caution at all times. Tickling him behind the ear has been proven to soothe him. See his website for further details here.

Cynthia Buell Thomas
A Write Out Loud Sale regular, Cynthia has a 5-poem set that will have its debut at Sale. See Cynthia’s profile on Write Out Loud here.


End March 2013

Thrilled to have been onstage interviewing Keith Temple who wrote the Doctor Who episode ‘Planet of the Ood’ at Vworp 5 Writercon. Looks like I have more interviews coming up at events this year too…..

And, once again, a grand turnout at Write Out Loud Sale in March!

Write Out Loud Sale in March

Write Out Loud Sale in March


March 2013

I have several guest slots at fundraiser events in March. See the Gigs page for details.

Also, very happy that my poem “All the Fun of the Fair” has been selected for inclusion in the anthology Best of Manchester Poets, Volume 3!


BOMP, Volume 3 cover


Write Out Loud Sale is Tuesday 26th March. Open micers get 4 minutes each and our fabulous guests will be:

Mike Bennett
of Sanctum, Young Identity
21 yrs old and from East Manchester. Mike has men crushes and all the problems that come with them.

Stephanie Portersmith
Stef Portersmith is an artist/ trainer and manager specialising in performance and community arts. She is a singer and musician with skills in choral harmony and composition. For the last five years she has been developing her writing and her poems have been published in Aesthetica and Libertine magazines. She is interested in senior citizens’ and women’s creativity and enjoys taking part in and organising events that platform this type of work.

Trevor Meaney
Performance poetry with high energy, passion, fueled by politics, love, life and chicken. This years outspoken slam champ, farrago ‘love’ slam champ and current slam champ of lancasters ‘spotlight’. Doesnt like hollyoaks but on the other hand…whatever happened to byker grove!?


End February 2013

Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry has been released. I am hugely honoured to have three poems included in this anthology from Lowbrow Press LLC in the States. You can buy it on Amazon UK

Flicker and Spark cover

Flicker and Spark cover


The February Write Out Loud Sale was incredibly well attended and not only by poets wanting to go on the open mic. We had an unprecedented number of people there just to listen!


The crowd getting ready for the February Write Out Loud Sale

The crowd getting ready for the February Write Out Loud Sale

February 2013

Write Out Loud Sale is Tuesday 19th February. Open micers get 4 minutes each and our fabulous guests will be:

Steph Pike
Steph is a Manchester based performance poet. She has performed extensively across the North West and performed at the 2012 Ledbury Poetry festival.

She has produced 5 minute word portraits as part of a human photo booth and is the Sheffield Grand Dame of Slam 2011. Her work has been published in several anthologies and her first collection of poetry ’Full of the Deep bits’ was published by the Knives Forks and Spoons Press in 2010. Her poetry is urgent, topical and eloquent and combines a militant mind with penetrating eye for beauty.

Neil McCall
A regular on the open mic at Write Out Loud Sale, Neil is stepping up to the mic for a guest slot.

Mark Rawlins
Mark Rawlins is a grumpy old git, who is currently going through his tenth mid-life crisis. He now vents his anger and frustrations with the world through the medium of poetry, which he has performed to wide acclaim at poetry slams, open mic nights and anywhere else where they’ll have him. He is particularly popular in his adopted home town of Macclesfield, where his brand of grimness seems to strike a chord, having won him the first two Verse Vs Verse poetry slams in the town.


End January 2013

First Write Out Loud Sale of the year was a triumph! Great turnout, wonderful open micers and fabulous performances from the three guests! Look what you missed!

The gorgeous crowd (and my ugly mug) at Write Out Loud Sale, January 2013.



January 2013

New Year Resolution number 516: Do not leave it 5 months inbetween updating website…. ehem..


Drumroll pleeeeease.. flapjack press will be publishing a collection of my poetry this year. It will be called Strange World Odd Person and is due out around May! More details to follow.

Otherwise, I have had three poems accepted for inclusion in an international anthology of queer poetry, Capturing Fire, being published in the States this year.


On top of finishing the book contents, I have several gigs in January and February (including treading the boards in Writers Retweet at The Lowry).  See the Gigs page for details.  Also, I will be running a workshop on learning and performing poetry with the Roehampton Writing Society at Roehampton Universtity on 20th January.


Write Out Loud Sale returns on Tuesday 22nd January. Open micers get 4 minutes each and our fabulous guests will be:

Rylan Cavell
Creative writing, poetry / storytelling, illustratrations & small-scale theatrical  productions. Is there anything Rylan doesn’t do?!!
Sarah L. Dixon
Host of Lead Poets Society in Chorlton and a damn fine poet!

Gerry Potter
Gerry Potter is a poet, director, actor, author of the hit play Miracle, and both creator and destroyer of the infamous gingham diva, Chloe Poems.

A favourite son of both Manchester and his home town Liverpool, he has a reputation for putting his Scouse voice on the line and is strong on poetry and strong on the causes of poetryism.

Catch him before he leaves Manchester for London!!



August 2012

Recently, I was overjoyed when Patrick ‘John Steed’ Macnee commented “Great stuff” about my Trusty Steed poem on his website.

Otherwise, August is shaping up to be an exciting month. Back to The Lowry on 4th, then to Edinburgh(!) on 18th and then to Leicester on 29th. See the Gigs page for full details.


Also, great guests lined up for Write Out Loud Sale on 21st August:

Charmain Leung
A poet who specialises in an acute observation of her ordinary surroundings, which seem to be sucked into the internal representation of her poem.

Adam Woolley
An atypical teenager frequently finding himself in awkward situations of acute social embarrassment, Adam Woolley documents his feckless waste of an existence in menial, slightly-humorous poems.

Robin Graham
A performance poet, playwright and laughter consultant based in Manchester. Robin’s performance poetry includes some happy poems, some which are sad, some with props and some where the audience joins in.


June 2012

I was honoured to be interviewed on Manchester’s Gaydio recently, where I picked four songs and chatted about coming out/poetry. The interview is available on their Listen Again facility: There are a couple of minutes of news, one Beyonce track and then my bit.


Write Out Loud Sale is on Tues 19th June with the following fabulous guests: Solomon Scribble Sian S. Rathore Fergus Evans

And open mic spaces available too!

Like for general updates.


April 2012

Write Out Loud Sale is on Tues 17th April with the following fabulous guests:
Keisha Thompson
Unable to attend last month as originally planned, Keisha will be with us in April. A star of the Young Identity collective!
Richard Lancaster

Talented, young fella back in Manchester for a short time only.
John Darwin
Write Out Loud regular included in the collection ‘Misery Beings at Home’.


London’s amazing mud-wrestling-with-words night gets a Manchester brother!
Bang Said The Gun: Manchester starts Tues 26th April
Stand up poetry for those who don’t like poetry, especially the stuff about thwarted love and daffodils.

The Old Nags Head, Jacksons Row (off Deansgate), M2 5WD
Every Thursday from 26th April , 8.00pm
Entrance: £5 / £3 N.U.S.

If underpants, sex, gravy and Keith Moon giving the Queen Mother drumming lessons are more your thing, then this could be the verbal romp you’ve been waiting for.
Bang Said The Gun in London is considered one of the best poetry nights in the country and has recently been reaching over 4 million viewers on Channel  4’s Random Acts.
Five Manchester-based poets (Dominic Berry, Kieren King, Rod Tame, Dave Viney and Benny Jo Zahl),  have come together to repeat this winning formula with Manchester’s first weekly poetry night.  The night will celebrate the best in local and national poets (guests lined up include local boy Ben Mellor and Inua Ellams) as well as offering audience members the chance to compete for the coveted Golden Gun prize in the Top Banana Open Mic.
Click here to see the offical page.


March 2012

On Tues 27th March (next week), I am running an informal workshop as a bonus extra for anyone attending Write Out Loud Sale who is interested. The workshop will be on learning poetry for performance (why do it, techniques for learning, what to do when words fail you on stage). It will run between 6.45 and 7.30 (which is when most people arrive for the open mic and guest slots) and it will take place in the same space as the open mic etc. I have several people attending the workshop already but there is room for all so please let me know if you are interested.


Guesting at Short and Sweet event on Canal Street on Thur 22nd March!
I will be performing my ‘Is Rod Tame a True Gay?’ set and the VADA LGBT Community Theatre Company will be performing 2-minute plays. See the Gigs page for details.


Third guest confirmed for Write Out Loud Sale on Tues 27th March.
Martin Pryce
Very funny chap.


Two guests confirmed for Write Out Loud Sale on Tues 27th March.

Keisha Thompson
A star of the Young Identity collective.
Hannah Kate
Hannah Kate is a North Manchester-based poet, who writes verse on the usual subjects of relationships, social observation, owls and trams. She will be launching her latest poetry collection at Sale!

One more guest to be confirmed.


Jan / Feb 2012

The year started on a high. The set “Is Rod Tame a True Gay?” opened the Working Verse – Amateur Thematics night in front of over 100 people at The Lowry theatre.

His set… is very funny, but it feels honest, heartfelt, self-deprecating and reflective…. Tame’s final poem, a love poem to his partner, is really beautiful and an uplifting end to the first half of the show.” – Laura Maley, The Public Reviews (Read the full review here)

Also, made it to the semi-final of the Bilston Love Slam.

Rod Tame’s material was very strong in both rounds, and I suspect would have been amongst the strongest of the evening on the page.” – Gary Longden, Behind the arras (Read the full review here)