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.
Fri 17. The Body Beautiful: Poetry, myth and the body. Poet in the City presents an event exploring the relationship between poetry, sculpture and art in ancient Greece. With Simon Armitage, Ian Jenkins, Michael Squire, Dr Jennifer Wallace and Lucy Tregear. 7pm. £8/.£5. BP Lecture Theatre at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG. Booking recommended.
Fri 17. Paper Tiger Poetry. With MC Angel and Kadeem Beresford-James. An enjoyable and provocative evening of passionate performance poetry. 8-10pm. £5 on the door, or FREE for performing poets. Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5HL. More info here.
Sun 19. QUEER’SAY. A very special showcase of queer spoken word (and live radio broadcast). Join Paula Varjack, J Fergus Evans and Hannah Chutzpah for an evening of funny, gritty, life-affirming poetry, hosted by Rosie Wilby. 7pm. £8, £5 concs. East Room, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG. www.applesandsnakes.org
Sun 19. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. Introduced by Pauline Sewards, with Amy Acre, Dave Bryant and Helen Moore. 7.30pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here.
Tue 21. Agenda Editions at Lumen. Patricia McCarthy, Stuart Medland and Timothy Adès read from their latest books: Horses Between Our Legs, Last Man Standing, Storysongs/Chantefables. Poets from the floor are welcome. All proceeds go to shelter the homeless. 7pm. £5/£4. Wine. Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1, 7pm.
Fri 24 - Sun 26. Wenlock Poetry Festival. Further information and tickets available here.
Sun 26. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. Introduced by Lisa Kelly, with Ian McEwen and David Penn. 7.30pm. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here.
Wed 29. W.B. yeats, ft. Fiona Shaw. Poet in the City presents an event celebrating the life and work of one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century. Bernard O’Donoghue hosts, with live readings from Fiona Shaw. 7pm. £11.50/£9 online. Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG.
Thu 30. Andrew Motion reading at the Landmark Arts Centre. An eclectic evening of poetry, prose and storytelling from former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and award-winning Irish writer Owen O’Neill. 7.30pm. A£13 / £12 concs / £11 LAC members. The Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN. Booking recommended: www.landmarkartscentre.org
Mon 4. Bookstall of translated poetry. Timothy Adès sells hand-picked books, mostly bilingual, at bargain prices. 11-5pm. Highgate Crafts and Gifts Market, Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London N6.
Sat 9. NaCOT - On the Border, with Martyn Crucefix & Richard Gwyn. 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£10 concs).The Drill Hall, Lower Church St, Chepstow NP16 5HJ. www.nacot.org.uk
Sun 10. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. With June English, Patricia Griffin and Martyn Crucefix. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here.
Tue 12. Poetry Meets Art. An evening of live art to performance poetry to raise awareness of Congo's conflict minerals. Art from Nebula Nebula, poetry and spoken word from ShortMan, Empress Imani (more tbc) and a community presentation from KMT Freedom Teacher on sustainability. Also with open mic and vegan food available. Hosted by Emma Ako. £5 in advance/£7 on the door. Booking essential. 6:30 onwards, arrive early for food and seats. Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston, London, E8 4AA.
Thu 14. Museums at Night: A Conversation with Sir Andrew Motion. Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion will perform specially created new work in a one-off, intimate performance at IWM North, timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Motion will perform the premiere reading of this new poem within the spectacular surroundings of the museum, as part of Museums at Night 2015. IWM North, The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ. 7.30pm. £6. More info here.
Thu 14. A reading from Running Before the Wind with Maggie Butt, Rosemary McLeish and Anne Stewart. Part of the Whitstable Literature Festival. 8–9pm. The Old Neptune Pub, Marine Terrace, Whitstable CT5 1GA. Tickets here.
Fri 15. London launch of the new chapbooks Shades of Meaning, Transitions and Outlook Variable. Readings by various contributors. 7.30 onwards. Free event, all welcome.
Sun 17. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. With Sara Boyes, Mary Michaels, Katherine Gallagher and Barbara Zanditon. 7.30pm. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here.
Sun 24. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. With Jane Grell + others. 7.30pm. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here.
Sun 31. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. With Marina Sanchez and Jeri Onitskansky. 7.30pm. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here.
Sun 7. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. With Mario Petrucci and Helen Calcutt. 7.30pm. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here.
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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.
Buzzwords meets on the first Sunday of each month (except for August) upstairs at the Exmouth Arms in Bath Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. Start time 7pm for the workshop or 8pm for the poetry reading. Finish time is 10pm.
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. With guest poets. 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
Liver Bards 3rd Mon, 8pm to 11pm, upstairs at the Ship & Mitre Pub, Dale St., Liverpool L2 2EZ. Free. Open mic. MCs are Dave Costello (07747 632922) and Steve Regan (07764 615069). http://steveregan.merseyblogs.co.uk/
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 Last Sundays, The RMA Tavern, Eastney, Portsmouth. 8 - 11pm. £4. Featured poets, music and open mic. For info on special events visit 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
Burn After Reading
Hosted by a community of young and spoken word artists. Gallery Café in Bethnal Green. £3 on the door. Doors open 7pm, first Friday of every month. http://barpoetry.tumblr.com
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
Konnect in Kingston
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
New River Writers Group
3rd Thursdays. Reading works in progress for peer review and feedback. Sheephaven Bay pub, 2 Mornington Street, Camden London NW1 7DQ. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Http://www.foxglove.co.uk/newriver
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 email@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 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.
8-19. Norfolk & Norwich Festival, City of Literature. UNESCO City of Literature programme curated for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Featuring 22 writers, including Sarah Waters, SJ Watson, Pussy Riot activist Masha Gessen, Rose Tremain, Mark Cocker and Caroline Criado-Perez. Readings, masterclasses, debates and more. Full listings & tickets available here.Back 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 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.
Hour of Writes
A new literary creative outlet taking the form of a weekly peer-reviewed writing competition. It encourages entrants to put aside one hour per week to write on a given topic. Word Limit: 2000 words Theme: New title every week, check website for latest theme. First Prize: Usually min £50 (increases with more participants. Entry Fee: £3. More information at www.hourofwrites.com.
Closing date: 11pm (GMT) every Friday
Divine Chocolate Poetry Competition
This year's competition is titled ‘When I grow up I want to be a cocoa farmer’. Looking for poems that focus on the positives of Fairtrade and the positive impact that Fairtrade has had on cocoa farming making it a viable job that young people would want to do when they are older. Open to all ages and there will be winners in each age category 7-11, 12-17 and 17+. The competition will judged by poet and children’s author John Dougherty.
More information about the theme and how to enter can be found here.
Closing date: 1st May 2015
Pacuare Nature Reserve 2015 Wildlife Poetry Competition
Poems of up to 50 lines on the subject of wildlife or the boundaries between the human and the natural. The theme will be interpreted broadly.
First prize: One week's board and lodge at La Casa Grande in the Pacuare Nature Reserve. (travel not included). Worth $840. The winner is elected Poet Laureate of the Pacuare Reserve for one year. They will have the chance to run a poetry workshop with local children on our Environmental Education program. All the poems they write at or about the reserve will be published on the website.
Runners up: 3 runners up will have their poems published on the website. They will also receive a picture postcard, certificate, and turtle-tag keyring with a handmade purse.
Judges: Vahni Capildeo, Joseph Minden, Kat Addis.
Send submissions to email@example.com with the subject line "poetry submission". Entrants must be 18 or over.
Submission fee: £10 for one poem. £5 for each additional poem. Length: Up to 50 lines. Number of poems: Up to 5 poems. Format: Please put your name, age and telephone number in the email and attach your poem/s as a word document. DO NOT write your name in the document that contains the poem
Click here to pay and write the payment confirmation number in your email.
Closing date: June 15th