Poetry DiaryThis is where you can find out about poetry events in the UK listed by date. Listings are updated weekly and advertised here and on our social media (Twitter and Facebook). If you’re organising a poetry event, course, group or competition in the UK, send relevant details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Magazine listings include the most prominent and popular poetry events, festivals, courses and competitions. The next deadline for magazine listings, for our Summer 2014 issue, is March 31st 2014. Please note that listings on the magazine are much more selective than those on the website and based on what we feel will be most relevant to our readers. Organisers can also book advertisements in Poetry London if preferred.
Sun 27. POETRY LONDON FUNDRAISER: SONG OF LUNCH. Staged recital of Christopher Reid's narrative poem, The Song of Lunch, with Robert Bathurst and Louise Bangay. Introduced by Christopher Reid. Raffle with prizes including lunch with Christopher Reid; supper with Robert Bathurst; a walk through Nunhead Cemetery with Maurice Riordan; written comments on five of your poems from Ahren Warner; Amy Key will write you an 'occasional' poem; tea with Jack Underwood and Emily Berry; pint in the pub with Jo Shapcott; set of pamphlets and anthologies from the Emma Press. Doors open at 12 noon and the performance will run from 12.30 - 1.30. The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY. £25 for adults and £15 for under £18s. Purchase from The Tabernacle website: http://www.tabernaclew11.com/whats-on/. More info at www.poetrylondon.co.uk/news/2014.
Sun 27. Viv Fogel, Tracey Martin and Geraldine Paine, with music from Liz Hanns. 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. From Kentish Town tube station walk up Leighton Road and turn left onto Torriano Avenue. Phone 0207 267 2751
Tue 29. Shortlands Poetry Circle. 2:30-4:30pm. All read two poems (not your own). Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, BR1 2PX. Visitors welcome - £2 + 50p refreshments. Enquiries to Anne Stewart, 01689 811394. www.poetrypf.co.uk/shortlands.html
Thu 30. Stanza Bonanza: Amersham v NW Kent. Feat. Diane Tang, Christine Webb, Ben Batten, Kathy Duggan, Peter Keeble and Michelle Gunner for Amersham, and Isabel Bermundez, Mark O’Brien, Ruth Smith, Christine Pope, Anne Stewart and Jane Sharp for North West Kent. 7.30pm. Free. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX. 7.30pm.
Thu 1. FIRST THURSDAY of the Month New Poetry and Fiction. Feat. Zoe Skoulding, Tiffany Murray, Jenny Lewis. 7:30 pm Media Point room, Chapter Arts Centre, Canton Cardiff. £2.50 entry fee, open mic. Sponsored by Seren, Mulfran and Literature Wales. for more information see our facebook page: First Thursday of the Month at Chapter.
Fri 2. Poetry Blast featuring Jim Bennett. 7pm including open floor. Lakeside pavilion in Queens Park, Victoria Avenue, Crewe, CW2 7SE.
Sat 3. Allison McVety at Enfield Poets. 7.30pm. £3.50/2.50 conc. Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS. Tel: 02088076680
Sun 4. Dinah Livingstone at Torriano Poets. 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. From Kentish Town tube station walk up Leighton Road and turn left onto Torriano Avenue. Phone 0207 267 2751.
Wed 7. Ivy House Poetry Circle. £5. Informal group who meet to explore, share and discuss poetry. Please bring along a poem by an established poet on this theme to read and discuss. All welcome. London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX. Book online at www.ljcc.org.uk, call 020 8457 5000 or come along on the day. http://www.ljcc.org.uk/search?q=poetry+circle
Wed 7. Joseph Brodsky at Rich Mix. 7.30pm at Rich Mix, London, E1 6LA. An evening of poetry, prose, music, discussion and film that will explore the work and life of Russian poet and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Entry is free, donations optional. Readings by Michael Pennington, a panel discussion with Glyn Maxwell and Valentina Polukhina, and live music from Nigel Burch and the Flea Pit Orchestra. Reserve by email email@example.com
Fri 9. Ross Sutherland's Stand By For Tape Back-Up. 6pm, Norwich Arts Centre, £6 or £14 for a joint ticket with If Destroyed Still True. Audio-visual poem.
Sat 10. Mark Grist: Rogue Teacher. 8pm artsdepot, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions. Box Office: 020 8369 5454 Online Bookings: http://bit.ly/1mtXi09
Sun 11. Highgate Poets. 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. From Kentish Town tube station walk up Leighton Road and turn left onto Torriano Avenue. Phone 0207 267 2751
Mon 12. Poetry in Protest, Exiled Lit Café. 7.30. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (Covent Garden tube). Ft. Marina Sanchez, Alireza Abiz, Barbara L. Lopez Cardona, Sofia Buchuck, Aydin Mehmet Ali. Open Mic on the theme. £2 EWI 2014 members; £4 others
Tue 13. Blue Bus. An event featuring poetry by Alan Halsey, Frances Presley, Ken White and David Miller from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).
Tues 13. Poetry and Sign. 7pm - Kings Place. Held in partnership with CBeebies Magic Hands. See www.poetinthecity.co.uk/poetry-events for more details about this event and booking information.
Tue 13. Shortlands Poetry Circle. 2:30-4:30pm. All read two poems (not your own). Topic: Surprise. Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, BR1 2PX. Visitors welcome - £2 + 50p refreshments. Enquiries to Anne Stewart 01689 811394. www.poetrypf.co.uk/shortlands.html
Tue 13. Poetry and Sign. In Hall One at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. From 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Ppoetry performed in spoken word, sign language and live contemporary dance. Poems performed in BSL by Ashley Kendall. Tickets cost £9.50 if booked online via kingsplace.co.uk Otherwise tickets cost £11.50. Box Office 020 7520 1490. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, online feedback form or email@example.com.
Thu 15. Poetry and the First World War. Readings by AL Kennedy, Blake Morrison, Michael Rosen, George Szirtes, Samuel West. Music from Matthew Crampton, Nette Robinson and the Lyric Ensemble. 7.30pm. St Giles-in-the-Fields, 60 St Giles High St, London WC2H 8LG. £10/£8 concessions (includes interval glass of wine) on sale from www.noglory.org and www.wegottickets.com/event/262403. For Conscientious Objectors’ Day.
Sun 18. Maggie Butt and others (tbc). 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. From Kentish Town tube station walk up Leighton Road and turn left onto Torriano Avenue. Phone 0207 267 2751
Wed 21. Apples and Snakes, Tilt and The Albany present Telling Tales. The Albany, Deptford. 8pm. Tickets £10 / £8 concessions. Early bird tickets £6 (limited tickets available). Information HERE. Staged performance of Patience Agbabi’s long poem.
Sun 25. Richard Skinner and others (tbc). 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. From Kentish Town tube station walk up Leighton Road and turn left onto Torriano Avenue. Phone 0207 267 2751
Mon 26. Seamus Heaney Tribute Event. 7pm - Kings Place. Featuring Bernard O'Donoghue with friends and fellow poets paying tribute to the much missed poet. See www.poetinthecity.co.uk/poetry-events for more details about this event and booking information.
Mon 26. Spring into Summer. With poets Lydia Mcpherson, Ian House, Jennifer Wong, Alyson Hallett, Barbara Marsh, Victoria Field, Jackie Wills & special guest Louis de Bernières. 8-10pm at the Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 9JA.
Mon 26. Seamus Heaney Tribute. In Hall One at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. From 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Feat. Bernard O’Donoghue, Seamus Heaney’s friends and experts on his poetry.
Tue 27. Shortlands Poetry Circle. 2:30-4:30pm. All read two poems (not your own) by Sylvia Plath, Elaine Feinstein, Lavinia Greenlaw. Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, BR1 2PX. Visitors welcome - £2 + 50p refreshments. Enquiries to Anne Stewart 01689 811394. www.poetrypf.co.uk/shortlands.html
Wed 28. The Hundred Years’ War: Modern War Poems. 8pm. £5 (£3 concs). Tickets on the door. Bloodaxe Books launch their new anthology with Neil Astley, David Constantine, Imtiaz Dharker, The Right Honourable Mark Fisher, Sarah Maguire, Sir Andrew Motion, Stephen Watts and guests. Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG. Tel: 020 8348 8716. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thu 29. POETRY LONDON LAUNCH: ISSUE 78. Readings from poets featured in the magazine, introduced by Poetry Editor, Ahren Warner. Readers TBA. Tickets are free and include a glass of wine – join us for an evening of great poetry. Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX.
Fri 30. Viking Sagas. British Museum. Featuring Icelandic poet Gerdur Kristny. See www.poetinthecity.co.uk/poetry-events for more details about this event and booking information.
Sun 1. Hilda Sheehan and Janet Sutherland, introduced by Linda Black. 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. From Kentish Town tube station walk up Leighton Road and turn left onto Torriano Avenue. Phone 0207 267 2751
Thu 5. FIRST THURSDAY of the Month New Poetry and Fiction. Feat. Carrie Etter, Kathryn Simmonds, Sheenagh Pugh. 7:30 pm Media Point room, Chapter Arts Centre, Canton Cardiff. £2.50 entry fee, open mic. Sponsored by Seren, Mulfran and Literature Wales. for more information see Facebook page: First Thursday of the Month at Chapter.
Sat 7. ‘The Blood Jet is Poetry’: The Legacy of Sylvia Plath. Writing Workshop with Katherine Gallagher. 1pm–5pm at the Dugdale Centre. 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS. Price: £35. Pre-booking essential. Dugdale Box Office: 020 8807 6680 or online www.dugdalecentre.co.uk
Sun 8. Leah Fritz + Alan Brownjohn. 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. From Kentish Town tube station walk up Leighton Road and turn left onto Torriano Avenue. Phone 0207 267 2751
Mon 9. An Evening with Paul Muldoon. With music from Christine Tobin. Plus, after the break, Paul in conversation & Q&A with fellow-Queens University-Belfast poet C.L. Dallat. 8-10pm at the Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 9JA.
Wed 11. Ivy House Poetry Circle. £5. Informal group who meet to explore, share and discuss poetry. Please bring along a poem by an established poet on this theme to read and discuss. All welcome. London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX. Book online at www.ljcc.org.uk, call 020 8457 5000 or come along on the day. http://www.ljcc.org.uk/search?q=poetry+circle
Mon 23. What we should have said. Spoken-word shindig with Huw Warren, Stuart Silver, Helen Mort, Philip Gross & Imtiaz Dharker. Sponsored by Cegin Productions. 8-10pm at the Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 9JA.
Thu 25. Mike Bartholomew-Biggs, Julia Bird, Sue Rose, Stephen Wilson & Tamar Yoseloff. 8pm. £5 (£3 concs). Tickets on the door. A narrative about romance in the world of aviation during the 1930s. Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG. Tel: 020 8348 8716. email@example.com.
Sat 28. THE SHUFFLE. Gale Burns and Cath Drake present poets with an Australian connection, including Diana Pooley and Katherine Gallagher. The Poetry Café, 7.30 – 9.30, Betterton St, Covent Garden WC1
Entry £6/4 concessions. More details from “The Shuffle” on Facebook.
Mon 7. Andrew Motion. 8 pm. Entry £12.50 .Merlin Theatre, Bath Road, Frome BA11 2HG.
Mon 7. Stop all the clocks! Guest poets celebrate the timeless poetics of clock-watching, of punctuality & procrastination, sundials, time-checks, & the relentless ticking-away of minutes, hours, days. 8-10pm at the Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 9JA.
Wed 9. Ivy House Poetry Circle. £5. Informal group who meet to explore, share and discuss poetry. Please bring along a poem by an established poet on this theme to read and discuss. All welcome. London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX. Book online at www.ljcc.org.uk, call 020 8457 5000 or come along on the day. http://www.ljcc.org.uk/search?q=poetry+circle
Thu 23. John Greening, Lakshmi Holmström, Jenny Lewis, John Menaghan & Will Stone. 7pm. £5 (£3 concs). Tickets on the door. Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG. Tel: 020 8348 8716. firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to top
Regular eventsRecurring events across the UK are listed here.
Poetry Can Openers 3rd Thur, 8, £3/£1.50. Window Arts Centre, St. James Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Avon BA1 1QR Contact Richard Carder. Tel: 01225 313 531
Bath Storytelling Circle 3rd Mon. of the month. Upstairs at The Raven, Queen St off Milsom St./Quiet St. 7.30pm for 8pm start, Free. Stories, songs & poems welcome of 10 min. max. - performed from memory, not read, in the oral tradition. Arrive early for a slot. Story Circle Info: David tel. 01225 482170
Wirral Ode Show 3rd Thur, 8.30. Seamus O'Donnells, Charing Cross, Birkenhead. Contact Jason Richardson, 13 Cromer Drive, Wallasey CH45 4RR Tel: 0151 638-3648 email@example.com
Cliff Edge Poetry Programme Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff BH1 3AA Tel: 01202 451858 firstname.lastname@example.org
South Hill Park Arts Centre Organises course & events. Ringmead, Birch Hill, Bracknell RG12 7PA Tel: 01344 484858 01344 484123 (box office)
Acoustic Night Open mic. MC Pete Hunter. Mon 7. "Crofts", Stokes Croft, Bristol Contact Pete. Tel: 0117 3771677 email@example.com
Bristol Can Openers 2nd Thur, 8, £3/£1.50. YHA, Narrow Quay. Contact Lucy Hudson. Tel: 0117 942 6976
Phat Lip Floor Show Monthly, theatre/slam/video. 8, £3.50. MCs Pete Hunter & Tim Gibbard. Landsdown, 8 Clifton Rd. Contact Pete Hunter or Tim Gibbard. Tel: 0117 3771677 07790 660939
Acoustic Night @ Halo Cafe Bar and Restaurant Alternate Mondays. 141 Gloucester Road, Bishopston. Bristol BS7 8BA. Access; Two sets of 2 or 3 steps, not steep, assistance available, but not yet easily wheelchair accessible. However, partially ambulant disabled especially with a collapsible wheelchair would probably be fine. Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fans-of-Acoustic-Night-Bristol/116688498377873. Doors 7.15 for 8.15 show. General info; Shows start at 8.15pm Register to perform at 7.45pm prompt. Ends 11.30pm. Poets, musicians, storytellers, magicians and many other intrepid performers. Half the 10 minute slots are spoken word – around 8, so do arrive promptly as they go fast. Entry £2 for all, more for special events. Donations welcomed.
CB1 Poetry at Michaelhouse Guest poets plus floor spot 2nd Tues every month £5/£3 8pm at Michaelhouse, Trinity Street, CB2 1SU. Also open mic every 4th Tues £3/£2 8pm at CB1 Café, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD Contact Ian Cartland. Tel: 07985 708422 www.cb1poetry.org.uk
Welsh Academi Promotes Welsh literature. Site lists events. Mount Stuart House, Mount Stuart Sq, Cardiff CF10 5FQ Tel: 029 2047 2266 www.academi.org
Friday Nights in Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre Market Rd, Canton. Tel: 029 2030 4400
First Thursday. Hosted by Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack, we present authors reading from their works and a popular ‘open mic’ spot for aspiring writers. Sponsored by Seren, Mulfran Press and Literature Wales. Join our facebook page First Thursday of the Month at Chapter. Chapter Arts Centre, Canton Cardiff, 7:30 pm ‘Media Point’ room, Open Mic £2.50 entrance fee off the price of books.
Poetry on the Border Poetry event on the first Saturday of the month (no event in Jan 2010), hosted and introduced by William Ayot £12/£10 7.30pm at the Drill Hall, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ. The poetry reading is done by one poet from Wales and another poet from across the border, England, Scotland or another country. Info: www.poetryontheborder.org
Cockermouth Poetry Castlegate, Qtly readings. Details Michael Baron. Tel: 01900 85289 firstname.lastname@example.org
Colpitts Poetry various dates, 8, £2.50/£1.50. Allington House, Sadler Street, North Bailey. Contact Mick Standen. Tel: 0191 386 4058
Big Word Performance Poetry Fortnightly cabaret. MCs Anita Govan and Jem Rolls. 8.30, £4/£3. The Gilded Balloon, 233 Cowgate, EH1 [bottom of Blair St]. Tel 0131 229 3633 email@example.com
Out Loud Open mic. run by the Phoenix Writers Group. 1st Thu, 7.30, £1. The Diggars pub (aka The Athletic Arms) 1-3 Angle Park Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11. Contact Julie Clark. Tel: 0131 478 6136 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shore Poets last Sun, 7.45pm, £3/£2. Mai Thai cafe bar, The Tun, 111 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8. Info: www.marcabru.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
Jim Bennett's Poetry Night 2nd Thur, 7.30pm, free Border Books, Outlet Village. Contact Jim. Tel: 0151 691 1111
Uncut Poetry Cabaret Last Thursday of the month. Black Box, Media Centre, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter. Box Office: 01392 667080. Hosted by poets Alistair Paterson and Gemma Green. Guest poet each month. Fully accessible venue. Ramps, disabled parking to side entrance. Entry: £5/£3 concessions and open-mikers with confirmed bookings. Anyone wishing to book an open-mike slot, may call Gemma Green on 07855 809394.
Taking the Mic 8pm - Exeter Phoenix Café Bar 3rd Wed. of the month. Free! Oopen mike show plus a guest performer, hosted by Tim Kingand Morwenna Griffiths. Exeter Pheonix Arts Centre, Gandy Street, Exeter. Fully accessible venue. Ramp via West Entrance. Performing poets, stand-ups, singer songwriters... 3-5 minute slots available on a first come first served basis. It books up usually within 24 hours of the previous event, but if you miss that, you can join the reserve list, as some people do drop out. Join the Facebook group and/or ask for a slot via their Facebook wall at; http://www.facebook.com/groups/236423159722504/
Spokes Amaze at the Bike Shed Theatre. 162–3, Fore St., Exeter. Mini slam night in the Bike Shed Theatre every first Sunday of the month. The winner gets a paid slot at the next Spokes Amaze. Hosted by Jack Dean. Plus short spoken word films. Tickets: £5 / £2 slammers. Info: bikeshedtheatre.co.uk. Booking: bikeshedtheatre.co.uk / 01392 434169. Slam sign-up by e-mail to email@example.com. Priority given to new-comers and on a first come first serve basis.
Exeter Story Club. Cellar Bar, City Gate, Iron Bridge, Lower North St., Exeter EX4 3RB. 8pm. First Wed. of the month. Stairs, no wheelchair access. Stories and music. Free entry for tellers, £3 for listeners. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook page at; https://www.facebook.com/ExeterStoryClub.
Nunney Jazz Café Bi-monthly with featured poet & open mic. Garden Cafe, Stony St. Contact Ann & Keith Harrison-Broninski. Tel: 01373 836520 email@example.com
The Ramshorn Theatre 98 Ingram St G1 1EX Tel: 0141 552 3489 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wordsworth Trust Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH Tel: 01539 435544 www.wordsworth.org.uk
Pulsar Live Microphone Mon, 8.00, free. Riffs Bar, Greatfield, Nr. Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire. Contact Mike York or David Pike. Tel: 01793 778304, 01793 875941 email@example.com
Live at the Trades Guest poets & open mic. 4th Wed, 8pm, £2. Trades Club. Contact Martin Peacock. Tel: 01254 389250 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelson's Wine Bar Crown St. Poetry & open mic. 8.30, free. Contact Helen. Tel: 01925 752611 Helen@thomas0.fsnet.co.uk
Poems at the Albert pub Beside Huddersfield Library, 2nd Thursday of every month. 8pm Tel: 01484 305179
Poetry Ipswich Reading & open mic. Wed, 7.30, £4/£2. Workshop & reading £7.50/£5. Workshop only £5. The Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Road. (Opposite Arboretum entrance to Christchurch Park). email@example.com
LitFest's Spotlight Club Guest readers & open mics. 3rd Fri, 8.30pm, £3/£2. Yorkshire House, Parliament St. Contact Ron Baker or Sarah Fiske. Tel: 01524 381642 firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbey House Museum Abbey Walk, Kirkstall. Tel: 0113 230 5492
Phoenix Poetry Guest & open mic. 2nd Tue. Fusion Café in Host Media Centre, 21 Savile Mount LS7 3HZ. Contact Siobhan Macmahon. Tel: 0113 262 0138 email@example.com
Shamed Poetry Open mic. Cafe Moderno, Lower Briggate Tel: 0113 229 2541
Wicked Words Poetry Slam And Kash Prise to Boot! 2nd Tues of month, 8-11, free. Fusion Cafe Bar, Host Media Centre, off Chapeltown Road, 21 Savile Mount Leeds LS73HZ. Contact Siobhan Macmahon or Brendan Ego. Tel: 0113 262 0138, 017715 115582 firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivors Poetry 3rd Mon, 7.30. Interchange @ Strawberry Fields. MC Johnny Solstice.
Poetry Society Readings & workshops. Fri, 7.45, £3.50/£2.50. Leicester Adult Education College, Wellingston St. Contact Emma Lee. Tel: 0116 256 7074 (office hours) email@example.com
The Club Surreal Sun, £4/£3. The Sundaybeat, The Brewery. Contact Gonzo. Tel: 0151 707 9479
Dead Good Poets Society Monthly open floor. 1st Wed, at the Everyman Bistro Third Room, Hope St, 8.30pm, 24 slots of 5 mins per person. Monthly Guest Nights 3rd Wed. 8.30pm. 3 in 4 events at above venue, 4th at The Unity Theatre, Hope Place. Contact Sarah Maclennan 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY. Tel:0151 709 5221 firstname.lastname@example.org www.deadgoodpoetssociety.co.uk
The Hub Cafe Poetry & acoustic music. 2nd & 4th Wed, 8-11. Ranleigh St. Contact Kieron Deveney. Tel: 0151 286 1255
Stamps Cafe Open mic and guests. 1st Mon.
Xplosive Mouth 2nd & 4th Tue, 8. The Picket, Hardman St. Contact Kieron Deveney. Tel: 07790 925437 email@example.com
Space Open mic, poets, musicians, DJs, storytellers. 8-11,Dolbadarn Hotel, High St. Contact Claire Tal-y-Bont. Tel: 0786 777 2679 firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakeasy Open mic & guests. £5/£4. (readers £3) The Green Room, Whitworth St West. Contact Ekua. Tel: 0161 236 1261
The B[uz]z Poetry Performances 1st Fri, 8, £3/£2, (students £1). The Cyber Café, 65 Grange Road
The Purple Onion Music & layers, Tue 8. 80 Corporation Road Tel: 01642 222250
Salisbury House Guest poet & floor spots. 1st Sat, 7.30, £3/£2 Bury St West, Enfield N9 9LA Contact Jane Elder. Tel: 020 8360 5470, 020 8360 7779
Newcastle upon Tyne
Basil Bunting Poetry Centre Morden Tower, Back Stowell St. Contact Connie Pickard. Tel: 0191 477 4430
Origins Poetry & music. 2nd Sun Bridge Hotel
TVP Promote poetry events & publish. Contact Lisa D’Onofrio or Jason Raper. Tel: 01603 629782, 01603 485679
Ten Bells Open mic. Last Sun, 8.30. St. Benedict's Street. Contact Andrew McDonnell. Tel: 01603 762378 email@example.com
Back Room Poets Tel: 018655 14699 www.myspace.com/backroompoets
The Artist Residence 20 Chapel Street, Café Frug. Tel. 01736 753899. Alternate Wednesday evenings of poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux. Musicians and Poets welcome to perform.
Tongues and Grooves Poetry and Music. Featured poets, musicians & open mic. £1 8pm The last Sunday of every month at The Florence Arms, Florence Road, Southsea. Contact Maggie Sawkins. Tel: 023 9273 4180 www.tongues-and-grooves.org.uk
The Language Club Guest readers, support, open mic & mic. Last Sat, 7.30, £3/£2. Plymouth Arts Centre, Looe St, The Barbican Contact Tim Allen. Tel: 01752 661339, 01752 206114 TAllenTW@aol.com
Rising Sun Arts Centre 30 Silver St, Reading RG1 2ST Tel: 0118 9866788 firstname.lastname@example.org
Salisbury Poetry Café at Salisbury Arts Centre. Last Thursday of the month. Tickets £4. Hear readings by poets, as well as the chance for everyone to share work in the open mic sessions. To book an open mic slot please contact Grace Gauld on 01722 744984 or e-mail; email@example.com. The bar will be open from 7.30pm before the performance. Join the Salisbury Poetry Cafe Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=329633307190
Poetry/Songwriting/Music 2nd Tue, 8.30, free. The Harlequin, Johnson St. Contact Bill Allerton. Tel: 0114 2684732 Cybermouse@compuserve.com
Performance Poetry Cabaret First Monday at The Lizard hosted by Milton Balgoni & open mic 8pm in the Lizard Lounge, The Inn, North Street, St Andrews, Scotland. Contact Milton. Tel: 01334 652353, 07851 044922
St Ives Arts Club Westcott's Quay, TR26 2DY - Café Frug. 01736 753899. Every Thursday evening at 8PM, poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux. Musicians and Poets welcome to perform. £4.00 / performers free.
Blue Cat Café Open mic & guests. Last Wed, 8, free. Shaw Rd, Heaton Moor
Dylan Thomas Centre National Literature Centre for Wales, Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR Tel: 01792 463980 www.dylanthomas.com
Central Library, Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne Tel: 0161 342 2031 firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry Society Readings at Shannon Hotel, Guildford Street Tel: 01582 723500 email@example.com
Monkey Café Bar Open mic & guests. 1st Wed, 8. Interchange @ The Monkey Cafe Bar, Northgate.
Westcliff on Sea
Speakeasy Open Mic 2nd Tue, 8pm, £2. Club Riga, 228 London Rd, Westcliff On Sea, Essex SS0 7JG (via the Cricketers pub) Tel: 01702 393962 firstname.lastname@example.org
Write Angles Reliable arts info. Newsletter, also available online. 21 Bond St, Dewsbury WF13 1AX Tel: 01924 455555 email@example.com www.arts.org.uk Opening Line Listings & events. www.openingline.co.uk
Poetry Action Wigan & Leigh Libraries, performances at Orwell pub, Wigan Pier, Tues. Contact Gary Boswell. Tel: 01942 404566
Ambit hosts regular events with open mic slots at a range of London venues and launches a new issue every three months at The Owl Bookshop, 207 Kentish Town Road, NW5. Join Ambit's Facebook page for up-to-date information or sign up to the mailing list. Contact Kate Pemberton. Tel: 020 8340 3566 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ambitmagazine.co.uk
Apples & Snakes
Major poetry event organiser. Contact George Palmer, Press & Marketing Co-ordinator, Apples & Snakes, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 Tel: 0845 521 3460, 020 8465 6147 email@example.com www.applesandsnakes.org
Offers concerts, talks & literary events, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2 4QH www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Offers literary talks & poetry readings, 96 Euston Rd NW1 2DB. The John Ritblat Gallery ontains a permanent display of over 200 of the British Library's greatest treasures. Wheelchair access, wheelchairs available. Tel: 020 7412 7332 www.bl.uk
South London’s premier performance poetry, showcasing young, national & international performers every other month on 2nd Saturday at Brixton Art Gallery, 35 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 Tel: 02077336957 www.brixtonartgallery.co.uk/Brixtongue.html
Hosts regular readings, talks, book & magazine launches Tues/Thurs 7pm £6/£4 51 The Cut, SE1 Tel: 020 7620 2900
Regular events at The Troubadour, 265 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 (Earls Court tube). Basement, no wheelchair access. Readings on Mondays 8pm–10pm £6.50/£5.50 Contact Anne-Marie Fyfe. Tel: 02083540660 CoffPoetry@aol.com www.coffeehousepoetry.org www.annemariefyfe.com
Mental wellbeing charity running women only poetry classes. Thursdays 2.25 – 4.25pm. Produce creative writing in a safe and supportive environment. www.cooltanarts.org.uk
Exiled Writers Ink!
Platform for artists living in exile in the UK, offers literature events, poetry writing workshops, mentoring & translation. Exiled Lit Cafe 1st Monday of month £4/£2 7.30pm at The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, WC2 Tel: 020 8458 1910 www.exiledwriters.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosts regular literary events, talks, launches, author signings at The Gallery (3rd Floor) 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H Tel: 0207 437 5660 www.foyles.co.uk
Presented by Apples and Snakes. At Rich Mix (London), 4th Thursday of every month. www.applesandsnakes.org
Hosts regular poetry events, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill N6 Wheelchair access to performance space, toilet. Tel: 02083488716 email@example.com
London Review Bookshop
Women writers night for women writers of all genres, with two featured writers each month & open mic. Hosted by fellow poet and performer Agnes Meadows. £5/£3 8pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, WC2
Museum of London Docklands
Hosts poetry & other literatrure events No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 Wheelchair access Tel: 020 7001 9844 www.museumindocklands.org.uk
Poetry Cafe at the Poetry Society
Basement, 22 Betterton St, WC2H 9BU Tel: 020 7420 9880. Exiled Writers Inc Guest performers exiled from their home countries & open mic. Monthly on Mon, 7.30 (doors), 8 (start), £4/£3 Tel: 020 7916 5317 www.exiledwriters.co.uk Poetry Unplugged Lively open mic on Tue. MC: Niall O’Sullivan. Sign up 7 for 7.30, £3.50/£2.50 Tel: 020 7240 2133 Loose Muse Monthly on Wed, hosted by Agnes Meadows tall-lighthouse Last Wed www.tall-lighthouse.co.uk Survivors Poetry Guest readers & open mic. 2nd Thur, 7.30 for 8pm start £2/£1 Fourth Friday Poetry & music, open mic 8pm African writers Evening hosted by Nii Parkes 3rd Fri. The Cellar Weekly on Sat £5/£3 8pm The Shuffle Last Sat 7.30pm
Poet in the City with Waterstones Piccadilly
A Poet in the City partnership with Waterstones bookshop, based in their flagship store in Piccadilly. Hosting some fantastic poets and performers, the Drop-ins are a chance to read your favourite poems, or your own poems, on a given theme each month. Informal and inclusive, the Drop-ins are open to everyone and free to attend. First Tuesday of every month. If you would like to attend one, please RSVP by telephoning Waterstones on 020 7851 2419 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The drop-ins are held from 6.30pm and hosted by various poets throughout the year in the Basement Cafe, Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Organises the UK's only regular screening events for the niche genre of PoetryFilm, showing films about poems, poems turned into films, text-based films & other short experimental work. Contact Malgorzata Kitowski to join the mailing list. Submissions are ongoing. email@example.com
The Poetry School
Poetry & Music @Charlie Wright’s
Weekly Sunday celebration of poetry and music held at Charlie Wright’s club in Hoxton (45 Pitfield St., London N1 6DA). Poetry & Music is part of a strategic effort to provide a centre in which poets, writers and musicians will develop their craft and provide an appreciation of cultural diversity in the wider community. Also featuring special guest live music performances, as well as special guest readings by current authors presenting their new releases. £4 without food / £10 including Thai meal. Host: Adu. For further info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com. Tel: 020 7490 8345/020 8674 2143. www.charliewrights.com
Hosts literary events: poetry & prose readings, & is home to the Royal Society of Literature, Strand, WC2R 1LA Info: www.somersethouse.org.uk
Literature & Spoken Word events; home to the Poetry Library Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX unstepped access by lift, braille lift controls Tel: 020 7921 0971 (info), 020 7960 4242 (box office) www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Southlands Poets. A new poetry circle for writers. readers and devotees of poetry in West Drayton, Hillingdon. Sessions will run on the second Thursday of each month, 8-10pm, and will include poetry writing exercises and inspiration, feedback sessions and poetry appreciation. Sessions £4 each. For more information, please contact Charlotte Baldwin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread The Word
Steel Grasped Open Poetry Mic
Guest poets every first Tuesday of each month 7.45pm at The Sir Richard Steeles, Haverstock Hill, London NW3 Contact Steve James. Tel: 078 3750 6560 email@example.com
Sundays at the Oto
Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave, Kentish Town NW5 Kentish Town Tube. Regular guest poets. Friendly scene. Sundays at 7.30pm, poets from the floor welcome. £5/£4/£3/£2 according to pocket. Wheelchair access. Tel: 020 7267 2751 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hearingeye.org www.torriano.org
Troubadour Coffee House
265 Old Brompton Rd SW5 (Earls Court tube). Basement, no wheelchair access. Fortnightly readings, Mon, 8 £6.50/£5.50 Contact Anne-Marie Fyfe. Tel: 02083540660 CoffPoetry@aol.com www.coffeehousepoetry.org www.annemariefyfe.com
Green Note, 106 Camden Parkway, NW1 2nd Tues of month, 7.30pm, £5. Contact Richard Tyrone Jones. Tel: 07912539098 http://twitter.com/rtyronejones
82 Gower Street WC1E 6EQ . We are interested in holding poetry-themed events or setting up a creative writing group. If interested, contact Emma. Tel: 02076361577 ext.201 email@example.com
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FestivalsThis is where you can find details of poetry and other literary festivals listed in alphabetical order. If you’re organising a poetry festival in the UK, send relevant details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Magazine listings include the most prominent and popular poetry events, festivals, courses and competitions. The next deadline for magazine listings, for our Summer 2014 issue, is March 31st 2014. Please note that listings on the magazine are much more selective than those on the website and based on what we feel will be most relevant to our readers. Organisers can also book advertisements in Poetry London if preferred.
24 – 27. Chipping Norton Literary Festival. Email: email@example.com. Tel: 07775 120271 (answer service only). Web: www.chiplitfest.com
25 – 27. Wenlock Poetry Festival. A celebration of contemporary poetry in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Contact 12 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AA. Tel: 01952 727877 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org
26 – 27. Colonsay Book Festival. (Inner Hebrides). Web: www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk.
26 - 4 May. Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk. Tel: 01789 207100
28 – 8 May. Hexham Book Festival. Web: www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk.
Dates TBC. Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival. Mitchell Library, Glasgow G3 7DN. Tel: 0141 287 2999. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.ayewrite.com
2 – 8. Strokestown International Poetry Festival. Strokestown Poetry Festival, Strokestown, County Roscommon, Ireland. Tel: +353 71 9633759 (10am – 1pm). Email: email@example.com. Web: www.strokestownpoetry.org
2 – 9. Sounds New Poetry. Web: http://www.soundsnew.org.uk/sounds-new-poetry
5 – 7. Swindon Festival of Literature. Literary festival featuring poets. Contact: Swindon Festival of Literature, Lower Shaw Farm, Shaw, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 5PJ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk
6 – 18. Chalfont St Giles and Jordan’s Literary Festival. Contact Kathleen Martin. Web: www.chalfontstgilesliteraryfestival.org.uk
6-21 May. Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2014. Asia House| 63 New Cavendish Street| London| W1G 7LP. Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7307 5454. Email: Anne-Fabienne.Raven@asiahouse.co.uk. Website: www.asiahouse.org
10 – 17. St Ives Literature Festival. Contact Bob Devereux. Tel: 01736 753 899. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.stiveslitfest.co.uk
9 – 11. Boswell Book Festival. Auchinleck House, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland. Festival inspired by James Boswell. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.boswellbookfestival.co.uk
9 – 11. Poetry-next-the-sea Festival. Poetry festival in North Norfolk. Email: email@example.com Tel: 01328 738243 Web: www.poetry-next-the-sea.com
9 – 11. Ullapool Book Festival. Literary festival in the Highlands of Scotland. Contact Ullapool Book Festival, PO Box 27, Ullapool, Scotland, IV26 2WY Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.ullapoolbookfestival.co.uk
10 – 17. Fowey Festival of Words and Music (formerly Daphne du Maurier festival). A festival with a mix of readings, talks, walks and community events. Contact 5 South Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1AR Tel: 01726 833847 Email: email@example.com Web: www.fowey.co.uk/events/fowey-festival-of-words-and-music
16 – 25. Chorlton Arts Festival. Arts festival with some literary events.Web: www.chorltonartsfestival.com
22 – 1 June. The Telegraph Hay Festival. International arts festival. The Drill Hall, 25 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.hayfestival.comBack to top
DeadlinesThis is where you can check the submission deadlines of poetry competitions. If you’re organising a poetry competition open to readers in the UK, send relevant details to email@example.com. Magazine listings include the most prominent and popular poetry events, festivals, courses and competitions. The next deadline for magazine listings, for our Summer 2014 issue, is March 31st 2014. Please note that listings on the magazine are much more selective than those on the website and based on what we feel will be most relevant to our readers. Organisers can also book advertisements in Poetry London if preferred.
The Red Shed Open Poetry Competition
Poems on any theme up to 50 lines in length. First prize £100, second prize, £50, Wakefield postcode prize £25. Sole adjudicator: Gareth Durasow. Award event: Sunday 25th May. Further details and entry form: www.currockpress.com
Closing date: 25th April 2014
Poets & Players Poetry Competition
Prizes: 1st £400 2nd £200 3rd £100. Judge Vona Groarke will read all entries. Poem in English, any subject, maximum of 40 lines. An application form is required, available from our website. Send postal entries to Poets and Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene, 16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY. Entry Fee: £3 for 1 poem, £10 for 4 poems.
Closing date: 16th April 2014
14th International Poetry on the Lake Competition
Prizes: Silver Wyvern + €500; 2nd €200; €100 best sonnet. Other prizes for HCs who read at Awards. Adjudicators are Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker. Postal entries: £6 per poem or £15 x 3, then £5. In Euros; €10 / €20 x 3. 2 copies of each poem, both with pen name only, put contact details, titles, fee in sealed envelope with pen name, titles, on front. Only UK cheques/POs accepted - payable to G.Griffin-Hall. Euro/dollars: Paypal or notes (wrap in silver foil). SEND TO: Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio , 28016 Orta NO, Italy. E-mail entries: pay Paypal to poetry on the lake through Donations button on www.poetryonthelake.org, note transaction ID with contact details in one attachment, poem/s (with pen name) in second attachment £8/€11/$12 per poem, and e-mail to; firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: 2014 comp. Info: www.poetryonthelake.org
Closing date: 28th April 2014.
Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition
FINAL ADJUDICATOR: Stephen Beattie
First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25 (In addition: £25 Humour Prize: £25 Local Prize). £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed. No application form is required. Envelopes should be marked ‘POETRY COMPETITION’ and sent to:- Southport Writers’ Circle, 15 Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, Merseyside, PR8 2RE please DO NOT send entries by recorded delivery. We now also accept entries online please visit www.swconline.co.uk
Closing date: 30th April 2014
cornwall contemporary poetry festival competition
Open competition for unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. To be judged by Imtiaz Dharker. First prize £500, second £150, third £50. Entry £4 for the first poem, £2 for additional entries. Eight finalists will be invited to read their poems at the cornwall contemporary poetry festival (see listings), where the winners will be announced. Details on the festival website www.cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com.
Closing date: 30th April 2014
Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation
Entries may be submitted by post or email. Each entry must comprise your translation; the original poem; your commentary (see http://www.stephen-spender.org/2014_prize/entry_conditions_2014.html for more information). Accompanying your entry or entries, we require one entry form and payment of £5 sterling per entry (anyone eighteen or under on 23 May 2014 is exempt from this charge). Before you enter, please read the conditions of entry on the website. To post your entry, please print and complete the entry form and send it with your translation(s), the original poem(s), your commentary and UK cheque or international money order for £5 sterling per entry to The Stephen Spender Prize, The Stephen Spender Trust, 3 Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4JX. To email your entry, please pay your entry fee of £5 sterling per entry via PayPal by completing the payment form below, specifying your name and title of first poem (in English) where prompted.
Closing date: 23rd May 2014
Shot Through the Heart – Southbank Centre Poetry Film Competition
There are two categories : Poetry films on the theme of love made for adults; Poetry films on the theme of love made for children (under 12). This prize is awarded jointly to the winning poet and filmmaker in each category. Poems must be by living poets and follow the copyright guidance and rules. The winning films will receive £500 to be shared between poet and filmmaker as well as a pair of tickets each to Poetry International’s Gala Reading. The winning children’s film will also be shown in Imagine Children’s Festival 2015 headlining a children’s poetry film event. Both winning films will be shown at 2014’s ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Poetry films for adults will be judged by Alastair Cook – award-winning filmmaker, photographer and founder of Filmpoem Festival in Dunbar; Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel – Artistic Director of Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin; Malgorzata Kitowski – Filmmaker and founder of poetryfilm.org website. Poetry films for children will be judged by: Festival Ideas Cloud – Southbank Centre’s Kids Advisory Group: a collection of 24 children from six London primary schools, with a little guidance from the Shot Through the Heart judges.
Please send in new poetry films that respond to the theme of ‘Love’ marked with one of the two categories: Adult’s Poetry Film and Children’s Poetry Film. Films should be no longer than five minutes and should be submitted bearing the names of the poet and the filmmaker where relevant. A memory stick containing each film should reach Bea Colley, Participation Producer for Literature & Spoken Word at Southbank Centre by Friday 30 May 2014. Payment should be made before films are sent. Payment can be made online, please select Adult’s Submission or Children’s Submission at point of purchase. Please include your order number (which will appear once your order is confirmed) when you send your film entry. Full terms and conditions, where to send your films and rules are listed here. Please direct any queries to email@example.com
Closing date: 30th May 2014
The London Magazine's Poetry Competition
Poems on any theme up to 40 lines in length. First prize £200 plus magazine publication, second prize £150, third prize £100. Runners up published on TLM website. Entry form is required. Entry fee: £5. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Envelope should be marked 'TLM Poetry Competition 2014' and sent to 11 Queens Gate, London SW7 5EL. Opens 1st May. Web: http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/the-london-magazines-poetry-co mpetition-2014/
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