font size
A- A A+


Poetry London buy now


Poetry Diary

This 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 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.


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. 

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.

Mon 11. Sounds of Asia. Hear some of the most esteemed and inspirational poets of today read their work. Imtiaz Dharker will read from her new collection Over the Moon for which she was awarded The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and Vidyan Ravinthiran will select poems from Grun-tu-molani, his debut of beautiful and captivating poetry inspired by his Sri Lankan upbringing. Tickets are FREE. 6.30pm. Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1G 7LP. 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. Found in Translation – A Talk of Poets & Translators. Jamie McKendrick, Michael Hofmann and Jan Wagner, poets and translators, discuss the influence of translation work on their own writings as well as that of their own poetical work on their encounters with other languages, as readers and translators. Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y 5A. 6.30pm. £7/£10. More info and 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.

Sat 16. Don’t mind the Gap – an Evening on British and German Literature. A literary encounter between eight authors who are amongst the principal voices of contemporary British and German literature, a vibrant mixture of poetry and prose with: Simon Armitage, Marcel Beyer, Alfred Brendel, Durs Grünbein, A. L. Kennedy, Terézia Mora, Don Paterson and Imtiaz Dharker. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. 7.30pm. £9.50. More info and tickets here

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.

Mon 18. Poet in the City presents Andrew Motion & Friends. Poet in the City is delighted to present an evening of poetry hosted by its new Patron, Sir Andrew Motion. Andrew Motion will appear alongside award winning poets Jo Shapcott and Kei Miller, as they present readings from poet Robert Hampson and up and coming new voices Malene Engelund and Robert Selby. 7pm. Tickets are free but should be reserved here. The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3NN. 

Wed 20. Brittle Star Issue 36 Launch. Readers include: Ian McEwan, Kathy Pimlott, Joolz Sparkes & Hilaire, Kate Taylor and Robin Houghton. 6.30pm. Entry is FREE but space is limited so please contact the Library on 020 7638 0569 for tickets. Barbican Library, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS. 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.

Tues 26. POETRY @ THE PRINT ROOM. With Jo Shapcott, Daljit Nagra, Declan Ryan and The Faber Academy. 7.30pm  Print Room at The Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB. More info here.

Sat 30. The International Poetry ReIncarnation. The International Poetry ReIncarnation, a rowdy convocation celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of The First International Poetry Incarnation, is happening as part of the Last Word Festival. The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH. 12.30pm. More info and tickets 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.


Back to top

Regular events

Recurring events across the UK are listed here.

Outside London



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 



Cliff Edge Poetry Programme Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff BH1 3AA 
Tel: 01202 451858 



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

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 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



Welsh Academi Promotes Welsh literature. Site lists events. Mount Stuart House, Mount Stuart Sq, Cardiff CF10 5FQ
Tel: 029 2047 2266  

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. 



Cockermouth Poetry Castlegate, Qtly readings. Details Michael Baron. 
Tel: 01900 85289



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

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

Shore Poets last Sun, 7.45pm, £3/£2. Mai Thai cafe bar, The Tun, 111 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8.


Ellesmere Port

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;


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: Booking: / 01392 434169. Slam sign-up by e-mail to 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 Facebook page at;



Nunney Jazz Café Bi-monthly with featured poet & open mic. Garden Cafe, Stony St. Contact Ann & Keith Harrison-Broninski. 
Tel: 01373 836520



The Ramshorn Theatre 98 Ingram St G1 1EX 
Tel: 0141 552 3489 



The Wordsworth Trust Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH 
Tel: 01539 435544 



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 



Live at the Trades Guest poets & open mic. 4th Wed, 8pm, £2. Trades Club. Contact Martin Peacock. 
Tel: 01254 389250 


Hebden Bridge

Nelson's Wine Bar Crown St. Poetry & open mic. 8.30, free. Contact Helen. Tel: 01925 752611



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). 



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 



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

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  

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)



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

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 

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).



Space Open mic, poets, musicians, DJs, storytellers. 8-11,Dolbadarn Hotel, High St. Contact Claire Tal-y-Bont. 
Tel: 0786 777 2679 



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  

Watermans Arts Centre 40 High St Brentford. Wheelchair access. 
Tel: 020 8232 1020 (admin) 
020 8232 1010 (box office) 


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



Net Talks From trAce. 7, room 004, Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane NG11 8NS 
Tel: 0115 948 6360



Back Room Poets Tel: 018655 14699



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



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 



Rising Sun Arts Centre 30 Silver St, Reading RG1 2ST 
Tel: 0118 9866788



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; The bar will be open from 7.30pm before the performance. Join the Salisbury Poetry Cafe Facebook group at 



Poetry/Songwriting/Music 2nd Tue, 8.30, free. The Harlequin, Johnson St. Contact Bill Allerton. 
Tel: 0114 2684732


St Andrews

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

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 



Central Library, Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne 
Tel: 0161 342 2031 



Poetry Society Readings at Shannon Hotel, Guildford Street 
Tel: 01582 723500



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


West Yorkshire

Write Angles Reliable arts info. Newsletter, also available online. 21 Bond St, Dewsbury WF13 1AX 
Tel: 01924 455555 Opening Line Listings & events.



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 

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 

Bishopsgate Institute 

Offers concerts, talks & literary events, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2 4QH 

British Library 

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


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

Burn After Reading

Hosted by a community of young poets, and bosting among them some of the most exciting voices of the moment. Each month featuring national and international guests. First Tuesday of every month. Seven Dials Club, 7.45pm. £5 on the door.

Calder Bookshop 

Hosts regular readings, talks, book & magazine launches Tues/Thurs 7pm £6/£4 51 The Cut, SE1 
Tel: 020 7620 2900

Coffee-House Poetry 

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 


Mental wellbeing charity running women only poetry classes. Thursdays 2.25 – 4.25pm. Produce creative writing in a safe and supportive environment.

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 


Hosts regular literary events, talks, launches, author signings at The Gallery (3rd Floor) 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 
Tel: 0207 437 5660 


Presented by Apples and Snakes. At Rich Mix (London), 4th Thursday of every month.

Konnect in Kingston

Looking for poet's to recite at regular events in Kingston on Thames. In a supportive atmosphere. Contact Justin on or 07941502389.

The Lamb 

The Blue Bus poetry readings every 3rd Tues of month upstairs 94 Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3LZ Contact David Miller or Keith Jebb. 

Lauderdale House 

Hosts regular poetry events, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill N6 Wheelchair access to performance space, toilet. 
Tel: 02083488716 

London Review Bookshop 

Hosts talks, readings, debates & discussions £6 7pm 
14 Bury Place, WC1A 
Tel: 02072699030, 

Loose Muse 

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 

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 or Http://

Pitshanger Poets 

Weekly workshops, readings at Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5BQ. Contact Alan Chambers. 
Tel: 02085677234 

Poets Anonymous 

Meetings 1st Fri 8pm £2/£1 at the Dog & Bull pub, Surrey St, Croydon. Read your own poems or relax & listen to Poets Anonymous. 

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 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 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 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.

The Poetry School 

Organises courses, workshops & special events such as masterclasses throughout London.81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 
Tel: 0207 582 1679 

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 Tel: 020 7490 8345/020 8674 2143. 

Somerset House 

Hosts literary events: poetry & prose readings, & is home to the Royal Society of Literature, Strand, WC2R 1LA 

Southbank Centre 

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) 

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:

Spread The Word 

Provides services & opportunities for writers of all levels at 77 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX 
Tel: 020 7735 3111 

Stark Gallery 

384-386 Lee High Road, Hither Green SE12 Contact Les/Keith. 
Tel: 0208 297 8279 

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 

Sundays at the Oto 

Poetry & music on third Sunday of the month £4 3pm at Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 

Torriano Poets 

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

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

Utter! Camden 

Green Note, 106 Camden Parkway, NW1 2nd Tues of month, 7.30pm, £5. Contact Richard Tyrone Jones. 
Tel: 07912539098 


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 


Back to top


This 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 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


This 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 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

 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 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

Back to top
Debug toolbar