AS THE nights draw in, the clocks go back and everything starts to look gloomy, the Miserable Poets’ Cafe – the open mic night purely for miserable poems – returns to SVA.

This is your chance to read your most depressing poems to an appreciative audience, and is hosted by Stroud’s resident poet of the morose, Miserable Malcolm, aka Bill Jones.

This time there will also be a special section for your old teenage diaries.

Bring along the most heartbreaking and tear-stained entries from the diaries of your youth and who knows, your angst and despair may finally receive the recognition they deserved!

As usual, there will be prizes for the most disheartening poems, opportunities to mingle with other disconsolate souls, and a selection of dispiriting spirits and whines at the bar.

The night will also feature a melancholic performance by Uta Baldauf.

So dig out your poems and diaries of heartbreak, agony and existential angst and share the despair at Miserable Poets’ Cafe, this Thursday, at 8pm.

Tickets £4, readers get in free.