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.
Mon 22. Alice Oswald and Paul Keegan discuss A Ted Hughes Bestiary. 6.30 pm. Daunt Books Marylebone High Street. Tickets may be purchased from Daunt Books in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.
Tue 23. Poetry Reading: Jean Sprackland and Katrina Porteous. 7.30 pm. Tickets £7 in advance, £9 on the door. Daffodil Hotel, Foyle Room, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere LA22 9SH.
Wed 24. Stanza Bonanza: Tonbridge v. Norwich. 7pm. Free. Two of the Poetry Society's leading Stanzas join up for a night of poetry. Featuring Julia Webb, Peter Wallis, Richard Lambert, Ramona Herdman, Lynn Woollacott and Rosalynde Price from Norwich, and Penny Lavender, Nick Pallot, Gill Hoare, Christine Harrington, Clare Marsh and Val Pargeter from Tonbridge. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX. www.poetrysociety.org.uk.
Wed 24. Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 3 Launch. 7pm, VIP Rooms, Dogstar, Brixton, 389 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LQ. Contributors to the magazine will read their work. Limited open mic slots available on the night. £3 entry entitles you to £3 off a copy of the magazine on the night. Book tickets online in advance at http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/2014/08/event-issue-3-launch-poetry-fiction-open-mic/
Thu 25. Launch of Singing for Inanna. 7-8.30pm. Poems in English and Arabic by Jenny Lewis and Adnan Al-Sayegh, published by Mulfran Press, will be launched with a performance by Jenny and Adnan, with oud accompaniment by Patricia de Mayo, introduced by Leona Medlin. Free, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Thu 25. JibbaJabba. Spoken-word entertainment with open mic, hosted by Jenni Pascoe. Tickets £3, available only on the door. 7.30 pm. The Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Find out more from Apples and Snakes.
Thu 25. Red Poets Launch. Readings and open mic. Tickets £5 (includes a copy of the magazine). 7.30 pm. The Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8UH. Email: email@example.com.
Sat 27. National Poetry Slam Final. 1:15 pm. Royal Albert Hall. Hosted by Steve Larkin and Sam Berkson, with featured artist Kate Tempest. Organised by Hammer & Tongue. For more details and to book tickets visit www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/poetry-slam/default.aspx
Sat 27. Memory and Memorialisation at the Psychoanalytical Poetry Festival. Freud Museum. 9am-5pm. Readings, talks and in conversations from poets including Deryn Rees-Jones, Denise Riley, Sam Willetts, David Constantine and Dr Stephen Wilson. Registration; £60 / £45 students/concessions (£5 discount for Members of the Poetry Society or the Freud Museum). www.freud.org.uk/events/75647/psychoanalytic-poetry-festival-2014
Sat 27. The Versification Shuffle. Featuring Mimi Khalvati and work from the Versification Course, presented by Gale Burns and Jill Abram. Saturday 27 September, 7.30-9.30pm. £6/£4. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.
Sat 27. The Enemies Project: Irish Poetry — Yes But Are We Enemies? Collaborations between Irish and British poets, including Christodoulos Makris, Sam Riviere, Ailbhe Darcy, Patrick Coyle, Billy Ramsell, SJ Fowler & others TBC. Supported by The Irish Arts Council. Free. Unreserved Seating. Doors 7 for 7.30 pm. Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA.
Sun 28. John Harvey and Beata Duncan. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. With music from blues duo Doc Stenson & Pete Burke. Introduced by Hylda Sims. 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (According to pocket). Phone: 0207 267 2751
Sun 28. Keats House Poets Present…“Our Place within it All”. Simon Mole and Raymond Antrobus give a poetry workshop on making the political personal. Free, booking essential: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Mon 29. Through the Door Showcase. 7 pm. St Paul’s Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD. New poetry inspired by London’s archives. Hosted by Canon Mark Oakley. Imtiaz Dharker reads on the Cathedral’s damage during the blitz, with archivist Sarah Hale. This event is free to attend, but places must be booked via: www.imtiazdharkerttd.eventbrite.co.uk. For further information please contact Poet in the City on 0207 014 2812.
Mon 29. Three Very Different Poets. Reading with open mic. Featuring Martyn Crucefix, June English, Anne Stewart. £5 (£3 concessions). 7.15 for 7.30 pm. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX. Tel: 020 7420 9888.
Tue 30. The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2014 awards. Readings by shortlisted poets and actors, and launch of The Forward Book of Poetry. 7 pm. Tickets £12 or £10, concessions 50% off (limited availability). Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073. Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Thu 2. Poetry Breakfast: Leontia Flynn. 8am at the Bloomsbury Hotel, 16 - 22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN. Coffee and croissants with poet in residence Leontia Flynn. Tickets are free but should be reserved via poetrybreakfast2014.eventbrite.co.uk. For more info contact Poet in the City on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 014 2812.
Thu 2. National Poety Day Live. Programmed by the Poetry Society’s Young Associates. Readings form Julia Donaldson, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Daljit Nagr, john Henley, Joelle Taylor, Joseph Coelho, Ross Sutherland, Emily Berry, Kei Miller and Raymond Antrobus, plus several new Poetry Society commissions. All day. Southbank Centre. Free.
Thu 2. The Pity: Modern Responses to War. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. 6 pm. Denise Riley, Steve Ely, Zaffar Kunial and Warsan Shire premiere poetic responses to the First World War. Visuals by Robert Peake. Tickets £10. Tel 0844 875 0073 or visit southbankcentre.co.uk
Thu 2. Poetry Society Stanza, KNW. Reading with open mic. Featuring Anne Stewart, Isabel Bermudez, Ruth Smith, Christine Pope, Mark O’Brien. 8 pm – 10 pm. Free. Two Doves, 37 Oakley Road, Bromley BR2 8HD.
Thu 2. Queer’Say. Showcase of queer spoken word with live radio broadcast. Featuring Aoife Mannix, Jack Rooke and Anna Kahn interviewed by host Rosie Wilby. Tickets £10 or £8 concessions. 7.30 pm. Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR. Web: canadawaterculturespace.org.uk/whatson.
Thu 2. “What’s love got to do with it?” poetry reading. Henry Bloom Noble Library, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man. Doors open at 7.00 for 7.30 start. Finish by 9pm. Free, but ticketed. Tickets available from the library. Refreshments included.
Thu 2. Michael Donaghy – A Celebration. Marking the tenth anniversary of his death. Readers include Sean O’Brien, Jo Shapcott, Paul Farley, Don Paterson, Eva Salzman, Greta Stoddart, John Stammers, Adam O’Riordan, and Donaghy’s partner Maddy Paxman and son Ruairi. 8.15 pm. Tickets £10, concessions 50% off (limited availability). Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073. Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Thu 2. Launch of Calliope. Maggie Sawkins, current holder of the Ted Hughes Award, launches a new booklet of poems. 7.30pm. St. John’s Ambulance Headquarters, 406 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth. Free. Presented by Portsmouth Poetry Society
Thu 2. William Blake's Glad Day. Shoreditch Church, 119 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JN. A live concert celebrating the artist William Blake, featuring music and poetry. 8.30pm. Tickets £12/£8.
Thu 2. Poetry Takeover. 10am-1pm, Bedford Central Library, Harpur St, Bedford, MK40 1PG. Readings, workshops, talks and information on poetry. All free.
Thu 2. National Poetry Day: pop-up poetry celebrations in Oxford. Series of free, short pop-up poetry readings at Oxford Brookes University campus and around Oxford city centre. Starting 10am at Blackwell’s on Broad Street. Participating poets include Tiffany Anne Tondut, Dominic Bury and Jennifer Wong. Please see www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre and www.facebook.com/oxfordbrookespoetrycentre for details.
Fri 3. Poetry London Autumn 2014 launch. Including presentation of prizes to our competition winners. Readers are Laura Elliott, Sean O'Brien, and competition judge Michael Symmons Roberts, alongside the competition winners including Jon Stone, Beverly Nadin and Stephen Sexton. ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, Outer Circle, London NW1 4RY. 7 pm. Tickets £5, please book in advance at www.zsl.org/zsl-arts-culture/zsl-cultural-events. Disabled access.
Sat 4. Singing for Inanna workshop. 1.30-4.30 PM. Discover the influence of praise poems on Arabic and English poetry with Jenny Lewis and Adnan al Sayegh. £15 / £12 concessions: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Sat 4. Kings Cross Group. Ft. Danielle Hope, Wendy French, Martyn Crucefix, Mo Gallacio, Diane Tang, and Lynne Hjelmgaard. 7.30pm. Dugdale Centre 39 London Road Enfield EN2 6DS. £3.50 entrance, concessions £2.50.
Sat 4. The Poetry Butcher. Free workshop. Bring one poem of not more than one A4 page on the day. 12 – 5 pm. Saison Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073.Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Sat 4. Red Squirrel Press: Launch of Double Bill anthology. With readings from contributors. Free. 1 – 3 pm. Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. Email to book: email@example.com.
Sat 4. John Cooper Clarke plus guests. Tickets £26.50 or @22.50. Concessions 50% off (limited availability). 7.30 pm. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073.Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Sat 4. Dylan Thomas Poetry Workshop. Peter Thabit Jones leads workshop inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas. Free, booking required. 11 am – 12.30 pm. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD. Tel: 029 2057 3600. Web: www.museumwales.ac.uk/swansea.
Sun 5. Spokes: Amaze! Spoken word featuring Inua Ellams and spoken word slam open to the public. Tickets £5 or £2 for slam participants. 7.30 pm. The Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT. Web: bikeshedtheatre.co.uk. Tel: 01392 434169. Sign-up for one of the 6 slam places by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority given to newcomers and on a first-come first-served basis.
Sun 5. Osita Nwankwo and Mark Mayoral. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (According to pocket). Phone: 0207 267 2751
Mon 6. Exiled Lit Café. 7.30 pm. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX. Border Crossings: Welsh and Exiled Poets Meet. With poets from the Word Distillery Poets and from Exiled Writers Ink, plus music. Readers include Eluned Jones, Ali Abdolrezaei, Heather WilliamsFathieh Saudi, Nigel Humphreys, Adnan Al-Sayegh, Mark Perry, Sadayo Murphy, Tina Warren. Hosted by Handsen Chikowore. £2 2014 EWI committee members and asylum seekers; £4 others.
Mon 6. Poetry Portraits. Event featuring Jo Shapcott, David Harsent, Wendy Cope, and images of the original portraits painted of these poets by artists from Lavender Hill Studios. Hosted by Margaret Reynolds. 7 pm. Tickets cost £9.50 if booked online via www.kingsplace.co.uk. Otherwise tickets cost £11.50. Box Office 020 7520 1490 For enquiries please contact email@example.com. Hall One at Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9AG.
Mon 6. The Complete Works. Discussion on black and Asian poets in the UK, analysing progress since 2007 (6.15 – 7.30 pm). Performances by Mona Arshi, Jay Bernard, Kayo Chingonyi, Rishi Dastidar, Edward Doegar, Inua Ellams, Sarah Howe, Adam Lowe, Eileen Pun, Warsan Shire (8 – 10 pm). Hosted by Roger Robinson and Malika Booker. Tickets £10, concessions 50% off (limited availability).Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073. Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Mon 6. Zest! Poetry Night. Open floor poetry with Brian Johnstone. Tickets £3. Alexander’s, Rufus Court, Chester CH1 2JW. Tel: 01244 340 005. Tel: www.alexanderslive.com.
Mon 6. Stateside Troubadours. With Philip Fried, Margo Taft Stever, Tim Nolan, Susana Case, Robert Peake, Jennifer Militello, Daphne Warburg Astor and Owen Lewis, with music from Henry Fajemirokun. The Troubadour 265 Old Brompton Rd, SW5. Basement, no wheelchair access. 8pm–10pm £6.50/£5.50 Contact Anne-Marie Fyfe. Tel: 02083540660 CoffPoetry@aol.com www.coffeehousepoetry.org
Mon 6. Koestler Poetry Workshop. In this workshop led by the trust's literature officer, poet Holly Hopkins, explore poetry written by detainees. J.P. Morgan Pavilion at Southbank Centre, 7pm. £5 (Concession £2.50). www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/koestler-poetry-workshop-86287
Tue 7. Reflecting on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Malika Booker and Dorothea Smart use poetry to illuminate this poet and classical musician’s life and work, accompanied by Music off Canvas original soundtrack. Tickets £10, concessions 50% off (limited availability). 8.15 pm. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073. Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Tue 7. Poetry Reading: Kit Wright and Imtiaz Dharker. 7.30 pm. Tickets £7 in advance, £9 on the door. Daffodil Hotel, Foyle Room, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere LA22 9SH.
Tue 7. The Poetry of Mystery. 6.30 - 7.30 pm. Rowan Williams and Wendy Cope reflect personally on poetry and mystery, and share some of the poems which have helped them. Register for a free ticket online at: poetryofmystery.eventbrite.co.uk.
Tue 7. Burn After Reading. Transatlantic special featuring R. A. Villanueva and Paula Varjack. Seven Dials Club, Covent Garden. £3 on the door. Doors open 7.45pm. http://barpoetry.tumblr.com
Wed 8. Open Mic Spoken Word Extravaganza. Featuring Anna Lewis, Kit Lambert, Bernard Pearson, Alan Roderick. Tickets £5 (£3 concessions). 7.30 pm. Ye Olde Murenger House, 52-53 High Street, Newport NP20 1GA.
Thu 9. Tithonus by Alice Oswald. World premiere, read by the poet. Tickets £15, concessions 50% off (limited availability). 6.30 pm. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073. Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Thu 9. Writing From Prisons . An evening showcasing writing by offenders, secure patients and detainees from the 2014 Koestler Awards. Arts in criminal justice professionals, ex-offender writers, and artist Janetka Platun, who was commissioned to create the creative writing installation within this year's Art by Offenders exhibition, talk about their experience of people in custody using writing. Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre, 7.45. £8 (£4 concessions). www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/writing-from-prison-86295
Fri 10. Tiresias. Kate Tempest presents poetry show. Tickets £15 or £12, concessions 50% off (limited availability).7.30 pm. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073.Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Sat 11. Language Is A Virus From Outer Space. Work by Gavin Bryards and Richard Strange, inspired by the life and work of William S Burroughs. Including reading by Jeremy Reed. Tickets £25 or £15, concessions 50% off (limited availability). 7.30 pm. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073.Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Sat 11. Afternoon Poems: Dylan Thomas. 3-4pm. Celebrate Thomas’ life and work with readings by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors. Free with an admission ticket to Keats’ House. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Sun 12. Penny Readings. Readings on the freedom and struggles of human life, some from members of the local community. Free, but bring a penny on the night. 5 pm. The Close Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073.Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Sun 12. Dannie Abse and Lynne Hjelmgaard. Introduced by Danielle Hope. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. 7.30 pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (According to pocket). Phone: 0207 267 2751
Sun 12. Jazz Verse Jukebox. With live jazz trio. Special guests include Sabrina Mahfouz, Siddhartha Bose, The Ruby Kid, El Crisis and Harriet Creelman. Plus open mic for poets/singers. Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola. Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs), 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT. Doors Open 6.30pm, Show from 8pm. Tickets: £8.00. (Available on the Door Only). Email: JazzVerseJukebox@me.com.
Mon 13. First World War - Poetry in Translation. Featuring poets and poetry from countries which took part in the First World War, including Russia, Serbia, and Turkey, in partnership with Modern Poetry in Translation. 7 pm. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7520 1490. Book: www.kingsplace.co.uk.
Tue 14. Southbank Centre Creative Writing School. With Fire Poet Philip Wells. Tickets £15, concessions 50% off (limited availability). Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel: 0844 875 0073.Web: www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Tue 14. Templar Poetry Live at Keats House. 7-8.30pm. Launch of Matthew Henley’s first collection, Beetle, alongside readings from Paul Maddern. Free, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Wed 15. The Retold Ramayana. Daljit Nagra’s retelling, adapted for the stage by Jaybird Live Literature. 7.30pm. Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR. Tickets: 01308 427183. www.bridport-arts.com. Prices: £12 / £11 / £10 / £3
Wed 15. Launch of The Poetry Review Autumn Issue. Tamper Coffee,149 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU. 6pm. The Poetry Society launches the Autumn issue of The Poetry Review, with readings from Danica Ognjenovic, Katharine Towers and Jacob Polley. Hosted by editor Maurice Riordan and part of the Off the Shelf Festival in Sheffield. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. RSVP to Robyn Donaldson at email@example.com or 020 7420 9886. http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/events/event/2848/
Thu 16. Shearsman Pamphlet Launch. Launch of two chapbooks published by Shearsman, by poets Juli Jana and Patricia Denbey. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, WC2h 9BX. www.poetrysociety.org.uk
Thu 16. Open Mic Night with Ric Hool. Free entry. 7.30 pm. The Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8UH.
Mon 20. 451. Spoken word showcase hosted by Rob Casey. Sign up at the door for open mic. Tickets £5 or £3 for open mic participants. Nuffield Playing Field, Guildhall Square, Southampton SO14 7LP. Tel: 02380 671771. Web: www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.
Tue 21. Philip Terry, Tim Atkins and other readers TBC. £5 or £3. 7.30 pm. The Blue Bus: The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ.
Wed 22. An evening with Anne-Marie Fyfe. 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Room JG0001, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE. Price: £4. Contact David Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-anne-marie-fyfe-tickets-13043731151.
Thu 23. Needlewriters Lewes. Featuring Liza Bahs, Sian Thomas and Colin Bell. £5 (£3 concessions). 7 pm for 7.45 pm. Needlemakers, West Street, Lewes, BN7 2NZ.
Thu 23. JibbaJabba. Spoken-word entertainment with open mic, hosted by Jenni Pascoe. Ft. TenRed Exchange (with Red Squirrel Press). Tickets £3, available only on the door. 7.30 pm. The Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Find out more from Apples and Snakes.
Thu 23. The Retold Ramayana. Daljit Nagra’s retelling, adapted for the stage by Jaybird Live Literature. 7.30pm. Rich Mix Cinema and Arts Centre, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Tickets: 020 7613 7498. www.richmix.org.uk. Prices: £9 / £7
Thu 23. London Literature Lounge. 6.30-8.30 PM. An evening of poetry with open mic. Anjan Saha will read from his collection Lost Luggage, joined by special guests and live tabla (Indian percussion) accompaniment. Open mic sign up from 6.30. Free, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Sat 25. Camaradefest II. 100 poets come together in 50 pairs to premiere collaborative poetry. From The Enemies project in Scotland, presented by Camarade. Free and unreserved seating. 12 noon. Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA.
Sat 25. Writers Forum Workshop. Arrive 3.30 for 4–6 pm workshop. Room 268, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths University of London, 8 Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW. For more information email Lawrence Upton (email@example.com).
Sun 26. Keats House Poets Present…Jo Bell. 2-4pm. Poetry and spoken word with an open mic and performances from the Keats House Poets, plus headliner Jo Bell. Free, drop in. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Tue 28. LLL, John Phillips and other readers TBC. £5 or £3. 7.30 pm. The Blue Bus: The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ.
Wed 29. The Disappearing Poet. Celebration of Arthur Rimbaud and Rosemary Tonks, with Neil Astley, Tim Matthews, George Szirtes and Matthew Caley. Hall Two at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG, from 6.30pm. The event itself starts promptly at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £9.50 if booked online via www.kingsplace.co.uk/the-disappearing-poet. Otherwise tickets cost £11.50. Box Office 020 7520 1490.
Thu 30. Zones of Avoidance. Maggie Sawkins at The David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth Grammar School, Old Portsmouth. 7.30pm. Details: www.zonesofavoidance.wordpress.com.
Fri 31. Late Night Keats – Halloween with Daljit Nagra. 7-9.30pm. Gothic literature, music and a poetry open mic compered by Keats House Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra. Adults only. £8 (includes a complimentary drink). Booking essential: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Fri 31. SLAMbassadors Final Showcase. Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. 4 – 7 pm. Winners of the slam competition perform alongside Joelle Taylor and other judges. Free. More details to follow from www.poetrysociety.org.uk.
Sat 1. Enfield Poets Stanza Group. Ft. Anthony Fisher, Ruth Hanchett, Mary Duggan, Annmarie Nicholson, Keith Lockwood, Louis Cennamo, Terry Jones, Jayne Buckland, and Chris Hamilton. 7.30pm. Dugdale Centre 39 London Road Enfield EN2 6DS. £3.50 entrance, concessions £2.50.
Tue 4. The Polar Muse: Poetry as Curation at The Polar Museum. Featuring Lucy Hamilton, Sarah Howe, Rod Mengham, Drew Milne, Redell Olsen, Andrea Porter, Lucy Sheerman, Rebecca Watts. Each poet has written a poem in response to an object from the Museum’s permanent display that excites, inspires or unsettles them. 6-7.30 pm. Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER. Admission free, all welcome.
Tue 4. Shearsman Reading Series. No admission fee. 7.30 pm. Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH.
Thu 6. Simon Armitage discusses Paper Aeroplane. 7pm at Daunt Books Marylebone High Street. Tickets may be purchased from Daunt Books in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.
Wed 12. Radikal Words. Featuring Joelle Taylor, with support to be confirmed. Tickets £8.50. 7 pm. Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 7RH. Find out more from Apples and Snakes.
Thu 13. Open Mic Night with John Barnie. Free entry. 7.30 pm. The Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8UH.
Thu 13. An Audience With…Helen Ivory and Martin Figura. 7.30pm. The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW. Cost: £7 (Advance) £10 (On the door).
Fri 14. Archimedes Screw showcase ft. Martin Figura. 7pm – 10.30pm. Performing his show ‘Whistle’. Open mic places will be available for those who sign up at 7pm, and the showcase will also see September’s open mic Audience Choice poet go head to head with a guest poet for the final Archimedes Screw Champion title of the year. The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW.
Fri 14 & Sat 15. Small Publishers Fair. Including Special Exhibition: Martin Rogers & Les Coleman, with readings on the Saturday. Admission free. 11 am – 7 pm. Conway Hall, Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL.
Sat 15. Needlewriters Lewes. Featuring Kerry Evans, Caroline Clark and Bethan Roberts. £5 (£3 concessions). Needlemakers, West Street, Lewes, BN7 2NZ. 7 pm for 7.45 pm.
Sat 15. Poetry Surgery with Daljit Nagra. 1-3pm. Bring along up to three poems and Daljit Nagra will offer supportive critical feedback. £5, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Mon 17. Wallace Stevens. An event celebrating the late great American poet. 7 pm. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 020 7520 1490. Book: www.kingsplace.co.uk.
Tue 18. Nina Zivancevic, Giles Goodland and David Miller. £5 or £3. 7.30 pm. The Blue Bus: The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ.
Tue 18. Templar Poetry Live at Keats House. 7-8.30. An evening with Christopher James, Beatrice Garland and the winner of the 2014 Straid Collection Award (yet to be announced!). Free, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Wed 19. Open Mic Spoken Word Extravaganza. Featuring Mab Jones, Tom Phillips, Bernard Pearson, Alan Roderick. Tickets £5 (£3 concessions). 7.30 pm. Ye Olde Murenger House, 52-53 High Street, Newport NP20 1GA.
Thu 20. Forked. Performance poetry hosted by Mama Tokus. £7 on the door, £5 in advance, £4 NUS. The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ. Tel: 01752 242021. Web: b-bar.co.uk.
Thu 20. Vanguard Readings. Readers are James Byrne, Josephine Corcoran, Josephine Dickinson, Cristina Newton, Richard Skinner & Michael Symmons Roberts. The Bear Freehouse, 296a Camberwell New Road, London SE5 0RP. Start time is 7.30pm.
Mon 24. Through the Door finale. 7pm. The British Library. Sir Andrew Motion is joined by poets and archivists from across the project in a celebration of new poetry and rediscovered archives. Book here: www.bl.uk/whatson/events.
Sat 29. Picture the Poet. Featuring John Agard and Buddy Wakefield. 7pm. Graves gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 2LH. Book at http://bit.ly/1q0zLTU. Also featuring local poets Gav Roberts, Stan Skinny and a performance by young
Sun 30. Keats House Poets Present…“when the frost Has wrought a silence”. 2-4pm. Keats House Poets Anthony Hett and Deanna Rodger give seasonally inspired poetry workshop. Free, booking essential: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Wed 3. Open Mic Spoken Word Extravaganza. Featuring David Clarke, Mike Church, Bernard Pearson, Alan Roderick. Tickets £5 (£3 concessions). 7.30 pm. Ye Olde Murenger House, 52-53 High Street, Newport NP20 1GA.
Sun 7. Sounds of the Real World. 3-4pm. Reading by Gordon Meade. Free with an admission ticket, drop in. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Thu 11. Open Mic Night with Patrick Jones. Free entry. 7.30 pm. The Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8UH.
Sun 14. Keats House Poets Present…Daljit Nagra. 2-4pm. Afternoon of poetry and spoken word with an open mic and performances from the Keats House Poets, plus headliner Daljit Nagra. Free, drop in. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.
Mon 15. Spoken word showcase hosted by Rob Casey. Nuffield Playing Field, Guildhall Square, Southampton SO14 7LP. Tickets £5 or £3 for open mic participants. Sign up at the door for open mic. Tel: 02380 671771. Web: www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.
Mon 1. Zest! Poetry Night. Open floor poetry with Maureen Weldon, Edwin Stodale and Dave Costello. Tickets £3. Alexander’s, Rufus Court, Chester CH1 2JW. Tel: 01244 340 005. Tel: www.alexanderslive.com.
Thu 22. Forked. Performance poetry hosted by Mama Tokus. £7 on the door, £5 in advance, £4 NUS. The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ. Tel: 01752 242021. Web: b-bar.co.uk.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.
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
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
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 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.
13-28. Rye Festival. Tel: 07790 193000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.ryefestival.co.uk.
14-16. Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival. London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX. Tel: 020 8511 7900. Email:email@example.com. Web: www.hamhighlitfest.com.
18-21. Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival (Words by the Sea). Web: www.budlitfest.org.uk (contact via online form).
26-5 Oct. Appledore Book Festival. Contact Brenda Daly, Festival Office, c/o Docton Court Gallery, 2 Myrtle Street, Appledore, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1PH. Tel: 01237 424949 (bookings). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Web: www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk.
26-5 Oct. Wigtown Book Festival. Galloway, DG8 9JH. Tel: 01988 402036. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.wigtownbookfestival.com.
28-30 Oct. Words in Walden. Contact Harts Books, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3AQ. Tel: 01799 523456. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.hartsdirect.co.uk.
1-11. Essex Poetry Festival. Contact Derek Adams, Essex Poetry Festival, Flat 3, 1 Clifton Terrace, Southend-On-Sea, Essex SS1 1DT. Email: Adrian@essex-poetry-festival.co.uk. Tel: www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk.
2-11. Birmingham Literature Festival. Contact Sara Beadle at 116 The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA Tel: 01212 462774. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.birminghambookfestival.org.
3-12. Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literary Festival. 109-111 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LS. Contact 0844 880 8094 or email@example.com.
3-19. Ilkley Literature Festival. Contact Knutsford Literature Festival, 76 Glebelands Road, Knutsford, WA16 9DZ. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.knutsfordlitfest.org.
4-12. Morley Literature Festival. Contact Morley Town Hall, Morley, Leeds LS27 9DY Tel: 0770 985 1445. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.morleyliteraturefestival.co.uk.
4-22. Knutsford Literature Festival. Contact Knutsford Literature Festival, 76 Glebelands Road, Knutsford, WA16 9DZ. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.knutsfordlitfest.org.
10-18. Wells Festival of Literature. Contact Old Ditch Farm, Lynch Lane, Westbury-sub-Mendip, BA5 1HW. Tel: 01749 671770 (ticket sales only). Email: email@example.com. Web: www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk.
10-26. Essar Chester Literature Festival. Contact Paul Lavin. 55-57 Watergate Row South, Chester, CH1 2LE. Tel: 01244 409113. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk.
12-19. Guildford Book Festival. Contact Glenis Pycraft (Festival Director), c/o Tourist Information Centre, 14 Tunsgate , Guildford, Surrey GU1 3QT. Tel: 01303 858500. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk.
13-19. Mere LIterary Festival. Tel: 01747 860475. Web: www.merelitfest.co.uk.
14-18. Manchester Literature Festival. Contact 5 Oak St, Manchester M4 5JD Tel: 0161 832 5502. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk
15-19. Words Wolds. Contact Wolds Words Festival, East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth, Lincolnshire. LN11 8UP. Tel: 07917 758008. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.woldswords.org.uk.
16-1 Nov. Belfast Festival at Queen's. Contact Susan McCleary, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, Lanyon North, Queen’s University , Belfast, BT7 1NN. Tel: 028 9097 1034. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.belfastfestival.com.
18-1 Nov. Canterbury Festival. Contact Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JA. Tel: 01227 452853. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.canterburyfestival.co.uk.
22-26. Dundee Literary Festival. Contact Anna Day, Dundee Literary Festival, 6th Floor, Tower Building, Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HN. Tel: 01382 386995. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.literarydundee.co.uk
23–27. Torbay Festival of Poetry. The Mount, Furzeham, Brixham, Devon TQ4 8QY, UK. Organiser Patricia Oxley. Programme details on www.torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk.
27-9 Nov. Dylan Thomas Festival. Contact The Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea, Wales, SA1 1RR. Tel: 01792 463980. Web: www.dylanthomas100.org.
7-9. Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Contact The Poetry Trust, 9 New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8BY. Tel: 01986 835950. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.thepoetrytrust.org.
12-15. Literary Leicester. Contact University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester. Tel: 0116 252 2320. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www2.le.ac.uk/institution/literary-leicester.
13-16 Nov. Petworth Literary Weekend. Contact Petworth Festival, 151 Whites Green Lodge, Lurgashall, Petworth, GU28 9BD. Tel: 01798 343055. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.petworthfestival.org.uk.
15-24. Folkestone Book Festival. Contact Creative Foundation The Block 65-69 Tontine Street Folkestone, Kent CT20 1JR. Tel: 01303 245799. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.folkestonebookfest.com.
23-25. The Arts and Book Festival. Contact Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH. Tel: 01539 435544. Web: www.wordsowrth.org.uk.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 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.
Skipton Library Poetry Competition
For poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25, 5 prizes £10 each, 5 Hight commended. Adjudicator Isobel Thrilling and one other to be appointed. Poem to be typed on single sheet of A4 in single spacing, enclose separate sheet with your contact details, name, address, email, telephone number. Entry Fee: £2 per poem. Contact: Send entries and cheques or postal orders (payable to North Yorkshire County Council) to Skipton Library Competition, Skipton Library, High Street, Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 1JX. Send SAE for details to above address.
Closing date: 26th September 2014
Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize
Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Two winners will have a 52 page poetry collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 25 copies. Publication (to coincide with Geoff's birth date) June 4th 2015. All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to 'IDP' or via PayPal. Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems. See full submission rules at www.indigodreams.co.uk/#/competition/4577197527. Postal submissions to: Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards, IDP, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, EX21 5UU
Closing date: 30th September 2014
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Submit poems in any style or genre. Entries may be previously published. Judged by Ellaraine Lockie. Tom Howard Prize, $1,000 for a poem in any style or genre; Margaret Reid Prize, $1,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style; Honorable mentions, 10 awards of $100 each (any style). Entry fee $16 for 1-2 poems. Submit online or by mail. Details at winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest.
Closing date: 30th September 2014
Poetry Kit Summer Poetry Competition
For poems on the theme of "films" (this can be broadly interpreted). There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. Competition Judge; Jim Bennett. Entry is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of email@example.com. First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website. Entry fees are as follows: 1 poem £3.50, 3 Poems £8.00, 5 poems £10 Details at www.poetrykit.org/comp2014.htm.
Closing date 30th September 2014
Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition
For poems up to 32 lines. First prize £150 plus publication in Words with JAM, second £100, third £50. The three winning entries will be published on the website. Entry fee £3 for the first poem, £2.50 thereafter. See www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.html
Closing date: 30th September 2014
Cinnamon Press Single Poem Prize
Open to all writers – published and beginners. Judged by Mario Petrucci. Prizes of £1000, £250 & £50 + publication. Entry fee £4 for 1 poem, £10 for 3 poems.
Closing date: 30th September 2014
Crewe and District Writers’ Circle Golden Anniversary Poetry Competition
Poems not exceeding 40 Lines on the theme of celebration. Adjudicator of short list: John Lindley. First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25. Entry fee: £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. Send poems plus a separate sheet with contact details to: Crewe and District Writer’s Circle, 2 Barony Road, Nantwich Cheshire CW5 5PL. For acknowledgements or results please send an SAE or download competition details from the website at www.CreweDistrictWritersCircle.webstarts.com
Closing date: 30th September 2014
Exiled Writers Ink Poetry Competition
For UK refugees, asylum seekers and exiles. Free entry. First prize: £250, plus assessment of winner's poetry collection by The Literary Consultancy. Second Prize: £100. Third Prize: £50. All winners receive free membership of Exiled Writers Ink for a year. Judged by Dajit Nagra, Michael Zand and Alev Adil. More info and entry on www.exiledwriters.co.uk.
Closing date: 8th October 2014
Negative Capability Press 2014 Poetry Book Competition.
Judged by Amy King. First prize $2000 and publication. Entry fee $25. For details, rules and submission information please visit www.negativecapabilitypress.org/contests/
Closing date: 15 October 2014
Illinois State Poetry Society Annual Poetry Contest
Categories for free verse, formal verse (both traditional and modern), haiku and poems on the theme of “journey”. First prize (in each category) $50, second $30 and third $15, plus three honourable mentions. Entry fees for ISPS members: $4 for up to five poems, $1 each additional poem. Non-ISPS members $8 for up to five poems, $1 each additional poem. Submission guidelines at illinoispoets.org/contest.htm.
Closing date: 15 October 2014
Venture Award for Poetry Pamphlets 2013
Up to 15 A4 pages of poetry. Judged by Tara Betts. Top prize: £1000 plus publication, then £500 plus publication. Up to 5 commended poets will receive £50. Entry £20, online entry only. Details at www.flippedeye.net/venture.
Closing date: 17 October 2014
Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014
Judged by Amy Wack & Neil Astley with both judges reading all poems. 1st prize £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading for all prize-winning poets. Poems must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, and must fit on one side of one A4 or US-Letter-size page. Submission fees of £5/€6/$8 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); entries only included when payment received via either PayPal or cheque/money order: payable to Coffee-House Poetry. No entry form required. E-mail to CoffPoetry@aol.com or mail to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP. Full info and PayPal link at www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes/.
Closing date: 20th October 2014
Hastings International Poetry Competition
For poems up to 50 lines. Judged by Josephine Austin. First prize £150, second £75, third £50 and fourth £25. Winners will be published in 'First Time' Magazine, Spring 2015. Entry fee £2.00 per poem. Cheques payable to J. Austin. Details and entry information at www.josephineaustin.co.uk/competition.html.
Closing date: 25 October 2014
National Poetry Competition
This year the judges are Glyn Maxwell, Roddy Lumsden and Zoë Skoulding and the prizes are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £100. The top three winners are also published in the Poetry Society's leading international journal, The Poetry Review. Enter online now or download an entry form from the Poetry Society website.
Closing date: 31st October 2014
Bare Fiction Prize 2014
Bare Fiction Magazine’s inaugural Bare Fiction Prize with awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story with a total prize fund of £2500. All winners will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on the magazine’s website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in London in March 2015. Poetry judge: Adam Horowitz. Prizes (in each category) 1st Prize: £500, 2nd Prize: £200, 3rd Prize: £100, plus 4 Highly Commended Awards of £25. Cost per poetry entry: £5 / £3 for subscribers. For more details, including competition rules, visit www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions
Closing date: 31st October 2014
Sonnet or Not - Cannon Poets Competition
The theme is 'Sonnet or Not'. Entries should be 14-line poems that in some way reflect the sonnet form. Judged by Joanna Skelt. First prize £400, second £20, third £100. Entry fee £4 for first poem, £2.50 for subsequent poem(s). For more information, see www.cannonpoets.org.uk. Contact Cannon Poets, 22 Margaret Grove, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9JH.
Closing date: 31 October 2014
The Hollis Summers Poetry Prize
For unpublished collections of original poems between 60-95 pages. The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have. The winning manuscript will be published by Ohio University Press the following year and will be awarded a cash prize of $1000. Submissions should include a check for $30 made out to Ohio University Press to help defray administrative costs. Details at www.ohioswallow.com/poetry_prize
Closing date: 31 October 2014
Ariadne's Thread Competition
Poems of 120 lines maximum. All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form. Entrants may enter up to 5 poems per entry but they are allowed to submit any number of separate entries. The first prize is £600; besides the first prize, there will be three honourable commendations who will receive a free one year subscription of the magazine. All winners and short-listed poems will be published in the magazine. Entry fee £4 for non subscribers or £3 for magazine subscribers. Read rules, access the entry forms to enter by post, or pay via PayPal, at www.ariadnethread.net.
Closing Date: 31 October 2014
Rubies in the Darkness Annual Poetry Competition
Poems of any length on any subject, which must be typed. Judge is poet and editor of 'Rubies in the Darkness' Peter Geoffrey Paul Thompson. Book prizes for top three winners. The top three poems are guaranteed publication in 'Rubies in the Darkness' poetry magazine, and there will be an 'Honours List' of the top ten poems. Also Highly Commended and Commended listings. Entry fee: £3 per poem. Results available in December. Send entries to 115 Green Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 6HG. For notification of results please send SAE marked 'Results' in the top left hand corner.
Closing Date: 1 November 2014
The Charles Causley Poetry Competition
Open to anyone, including non-UK applicants, aged 18 and over by the closing date of the competition. First prize is £2000. Runners up awards: second prize £250, third prize £100. Five Highly Commended awards of £30 each. Entry £7. Postal entries only will be accepted and must be addressed Charles Causley Poetry Competition, Literature Works, Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom, PL4 8AA. More information at http://thecharlescausleypoetrycompetition.wordpress.com.
Closing date: 6 November 2014
Barnet Open Poetry Competition
For poems up to 35 lines. Judged by Martyn Crucefix (adult) and Katherine Gallagher (junior). Adult prizes: first £200, second £100, third three of £50 each. Junior (for each age group 7 - 11, 12 - 16) first £20, second £10, third three of £5 each. Entry £5 a poem (£4 for Barnet residents), £1 for 7-16 year olds, free for Barnet schools. Download application forms from www.barnetarts.org.uk or send SAE to: Barnet Borough Arts Council, c/o All Saints Arts Centre, 122 Oakleigh Road North London N20 9EZ. For Barnet Schools entry, call 020 8445 8388.
Closing date: 16 November 2014
Cafe Writers Competition
For poems of a maximum of 40 lines (excluding title) on one side of A4. Sole judge: David Morley. First prize £1000, second £300, third £20, six commendations of £50; funniest poem not winning another prize £100; Norfolk Prize £100, awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize. Entry fee £4 or £10 for 3 and £2 for each subsequent poem. Entries to Café Writers Poetry Competition, 168a Silver Rd, Norwich NR3 4TH with a cheque payable to Café Writers or enter and pay online at www.cafewriters.co.uk
Closing date: 30 November 2014
The Plough Poetry Prize.
For poems of up to 40 lines in any style and on any subject. The judge is Liz Lochhead. Prizes of £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: £5. More information and entry at http://www.theploughprize.co.uk.
Closing date: 30 November 2014
Snapshot Press Book Awards
For unpublished book-length collections of haiku, tanka, short poetry and/ or haibun. Winners will have their collections published in paperback or hardback by Snapshot Press. There may be up to four Award winners each year. Entry fee is £18.00. The winners will be announced on April 30 the following year and published six months later. See www.snapshotpress.co.uk for entry guidelines.
Closing date: 30 November 2014
Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize
For full-length collections of poetry by poets who are yet to publish a full collection. Judged by Matthew Francis. First prize of £500 and a publishing contract & up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology. Entry fee of £12. More information at http://www.cinnamonpress.com.
Closing date: 30 November 2014
The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
Open for worldwide submissions of unpublished work from poets aged 16 and over. Poems on any theme up to 50 lines. Electronic and postal entries welcome. To upload and for full rules, terms and conditions see www.magicoxygen.co.uk/competition/. First prize £1,000, second prize £300, third prize £100, two Highly Commended, £50, and the shortlist and winners will be published. £5 per entry. A tree will be planted in Bore, Kenya for each entry and an additional schoolroom will be built at the nearby Kundeni School. When the contest closes the GPS co-ordinates of each entrant’s tree will be emailed to them. For full details and entry see website: http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/competition/
Closing date: 30 November 2014
The Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition
Prizes : 1st – £500, 2nd – £200 , 3rd – £100. Prizewinners and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a special prize reading, featuring our Judge, Ruth Padel, at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield Town on 7th February 2015. Open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. Entries should be sent to: Enfield Poets, The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 50 lines in length. The entry fee is £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem. Prizewinners and commended poets will be notified by the middle of January 2015. Entry forms can be downloaded from the website (www.enfieldpoets.com).
Closing date: 1st Dec 2014
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
For ten to twelve pages of poetry. First prize is publication. Entry £10 (£11online). More information and entry at http://templarpoetry.com/collections/awards/products/templar-quarterly-portfolio-award.
Closing date: 1 December 2014
The Joseph Brodsky/ Stephen Spender Prize.
Judges are Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell. For translations of Russian poems into English. Must be accompanied by a 300 word commentary. £5 per entry, with UK cheque or international money order payable to the Stephen Spender Trust, to The Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize, The Stephen Spender Trust, 3 Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4JX or by email. Information from firstname.lastname@example.org. First prize £1,500, second £1,000, third £500. See http://www.stephen-spender.org/brodsky_spender_prize.html for more.
Closing date: 5th December
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
Run by The Moth magazine. Judge Michael Symmons Roberts. First prize €10,000, three runner-up prizes of €1,000. Entry €12 for unlimited number of poems. Details and entry form at www.themothmagazine.com.
Closing date: 31 December 2014
Omnidawn Open Book Poetry Contest
For all writers with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. The manuscript page limit is 120 pages. Judged by Mary Jo Bang. First prize $3,000 plus publication of the book with a full color cover by Omnidawn, 100 free copies of the winning book, and publicity. Reading fee $27. More information at www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm
Closing Date: 31 December 2014
The winner will receive £200 and publication in Prole 16, due out in April 2015. There are two runners up prizes of £50 each and possible publication in Prole 16. Prizes are paid by PayPal. Judge: Helen Ivory. For work that epitomises Prole’s philosophy: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for subsequent entries. Entry and more details at www.prolebooks.co.uk.
Closing date: 31st January 2015.
With Words Summer Competition
For haikus capturing the essence of Summer. Info and contact at http://area17.blogspot.com. Winners notified by end of April 2015. 1st prize £75. 2nd prize £50. Judge: Alan Summers.
Closing date: 15th February 2015
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