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Soteria in the Pub

Submitted by Janine on 09 January 2023 at 17:11
Event Date

Join us for Soteria in the Pub, our second open mic event to raise awareness for compassionate alternatives in mental health, on 28th January, 2-6pm at The Betsey Trotwood (EC1R 3BL).

Soteria Network is an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, non-coercive mental health services. We aim to build networks of support, creativity and connection for people in extreme distress.

At our first open mic gig, we heard wonderful, soul bearing poems that spoke to lived experiences of crisis and distress. Friends and families joined to share stories, music, perspectives, and, of course, a good laugh.

Our main guest again is Janine Booth, author, poet, one woman riot , activist & poetry editor at Asylum Magazine. Janine welcomes any poems for submission to the magazine.

The house band Dadford & Son: Frank Burgess, Felix Holt, Eamonn Flynn will also be back to bang out some tunes.

Upstairs we will host an art exhibition with fellow collaborator Hope in the Heart.

This is a ticket only event, please book in advance via Eventbrite. Tickets are free but we welcome donations of £5-£10. All funds will be used to pay performers, and to help fund future events and plans.

Feeling safe at our gig

It can be intimidating to perform songs, poems and stories in a new space and we want everyone to feel safe. To help with any nerves or stage fright, we have set two rehearsal dates, should you like to meet and familiarise yourself with the space. This will take place the afternoons of 14th January and 21st January. Please email us at to confirm your attendance for a rehearsal.

During the event, we will also have a quiet room upstairs and staff available to be with you if you are feeling overwhelmed in any way.

Keep in touch

To hear more about future events and to be involved in the Soteria London network:

  • Email us at


Information and tickets here.

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