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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.


Mon 21. Commuter Sketchbook. Poetry performance by Jez Foster and James Miller. 7:30pm at the Tristan Bates Theatre, 1 Tower Street WC2. Tickets are £7, visit or call on 020 7240 6283.

Mon 21. Dada is Back. 7.30pm. £4/£3. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX. Poetry, prose and music inspired by DADA. With Anouche Sherman, Tom Bland, Irina Jauhianene, Chris Arning, Gloria Sanders, Ian long, Sunshine Fagioo, Isabel Del Rio, and more. 

Wed 23. John Greening, Lakshmi Holmström, Jenny Lewis, John Menaghan & Will Stone. 7pm. £5 (£3 concs). Tickets on the door. Lauderdale House,
Waterlow Park,
Highgate Hill,
London N6 5HG.
Tel: 020 8348 8716.

Wed 23. Apples and Snakes presents Jawdance. Arrive early to secure an open mic slot from 6.16 pm, or just enjoy spoken word. 7.30pm. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Free entry, no booking needed.

Fri 25. Commemoration of World War 1 event. Carolyn Forché, Brian Turner and Ilya Kaminsky speak on writing about living through war. Followed by a Q&A discussion of modern war, poetry and witness.  Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool. Free, but please RSVP at

Fri 25. Come Rhyme With Me. A night of rhyming and rice and peas. Appetizers - Open Mic. Starter - Toby Thompson. Main - Paula Varjack. Dessert - Grace Carter. Friday 25 July, 7PM, Cottons Islington, 70 Exmouth Market. Tickets between £6 - £12.50 available here.

Sat 26. Summer Workshop exploring creative writing for personal development. Run by Julia McGuinness. Cost £20. Contact or call 07787 116603 to book. Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane – Hawarden, CH5 3DF. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sun 27. Keats House Poets Present… Miriam Nash. 2 – 4 pm. Relaxed afternoon of poetry and spoken word with an open mic and performances from the Keats House Poets plus headliner Miriam Nash. 
Free. Booking recommended. 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR. Tel: 020 7332 3868. Info at

Tue 29. Poetry Reading: August Kleinzahler & Tom Pickard. The Daffodil Hotel, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH.
£7.00 per person in advance or £9 on the door.

Tue 29. Launch of Midnight Dhaka by Mir Mahfuz Ali. 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Seven Dials Club at Covent Garden Community Centre, 42 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LA. RSVP:

Wed 30. Stanza Bonanza: Reading v Waltham Forest. Stanza Bonanza sees poets from the Poetry Society's Stanzas meeting up for a joint reading at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden. Free. 7.30pm.é.

Wed 30. The Anti-Slam Apocalypse. At an Anti-Slam, the most awful poet wins. Apocalypse show brings together all the previous winning-losers of Anti-Slams around the UK for a showdown between the very best of the very worst. Hosts Paula Varjack and Dan Simpson. 7.30pm, Hackney Attic Picture House, Tickets £6/£5 concs.
Book here

Thu 31. Anna Kahn and Tom Bland's Solo Shows. 7.30pm. Free. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.



Fri 1. Responding to Photojournalism with Language & Poetry Masterclass. With Anthony Anaxagorou. Free of charge, book through IdeasTap at or contact Prompts for poetry through photographs. 5-7 pm. IdeasTap, Woolyard, 52 Bermondsey Street, London Bridge.

Fri 1. Hispanic-American Women Writers Literary Memory Workshop presents DO-RE-SIST! Ft. Consuelo Rivera Fuentes, Maria Eugenia Bravo Calderara, Mabel Encinas, Sofia Buchuck, Marijo Alba, Isabel Ros Lopez. 7 to 9 pm. Wheatsheaf Hall, Wheatsheaf Lane, Vauxhall, London SW8 2UP. Bilingual event. Tickets £5 @ Eventbrite Do-Re-Sist or 07530 812368 or 07962 479636. Drinks and snacks available. Building wheelchair accessible.

Wed 6. Young Hackney-led Girls Group present an event dedicated to the voices of women. Raising money for PLAN UK supporting #BecauseIamagirl Campaign. Tickets are free. Ft. Cat Brogan. Doors Open 7pm. RichMix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Sat 9. Afternoon Poems: War Poetry from Home. 3 – 4 pm. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR. Free with an admission ticket (£5.50/£3.50 concession).  

Tue 12. Poetry Reading: Paul Farley & Owen Sheers. The Daffodil Hotel, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH. 7.30pm. 
£7.00 per person in advance or £9 on the door.

Thu 14. Rhymes with Orange: Stand up Poetry With A Punch. 8pm-late. Bedroom Bar, upstairs, 66-68 Rivington St,
EC2A 3AY. Ft. resident performers, last month's open mic winner, Limerick Challenge and The World Famous Orange Crush Open Mic. The night's theme is WORK. Six slots available for Open Mic. Doors 7pm.
Tickets - £5 in advance, £6 on the door. Available at 

Sat 16. Keats is not on Facebook. 3 – 4 pm. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR. Helen Burke reads poems written for the Keats-Shelley House in Rome. Free with an admission ticket (£5.50/£3.50 concession). 

Tue 26. Poetry Reading: Kei Miller & Liz Berry. The Daffodil Hotel, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH. 7.30pm. 
£7.00 per person in advance or £9 on the door. Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH.

Wed 27. Out-Spoken. Poets, rappers, and musicians share their art at this monthly showcase. £10 online, £12 on the door.

Sun 31. Keats House Poets Present… Travel Poetry with Laila Sumpton. 2 – 4 pm. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR. Free. Booking essential –



Tue 9. Poetry Reading: David Scott & Alison Brackenbury. The Daffodil Hotel, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH. 7.30. 
£7.00 per person in advance or £9 on the door. 

Fri 12. Artfulscribe presents Archimedes Screw Showcase. Featuring headline acts, local poet showcases and ten open mic performance slots. Sign-up from 7pm. The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW. £5 / £3 open mic performers. 
Info: 023 8023 8582.

Mon 15. Cavafy. 7pm. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. A celebration of the late great Levantine poet, featuring poet, writer and translator David Constantine. Tel: 020 7520 1490. Book:

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



Thu 30. Zones of Avoidance. Maggie Sawkins at The David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth Grammar School, Old Portsmouth. 7.30pm. Details:

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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.



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. Hosted by Jack Dean. Plus short spoken word films. 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 and spoken word artists. Gallery Café in Bethnal Green. £3 on the door. Doors open 7pm, first Friday of every month.

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.

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 


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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.


24-27. Port Eliot Festival. Port Eliot Festival Office, St Germans, Cornwall
PL12 5ND. Email: Web:

28-1 August. John Hewitt International Summer School. Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh. Web:

31-3 August. Camp Bestival. Lulworth Castle, Dorset. Family-oriented festival with a poetry tent. Tel: 020 3327 4810. Web:



1-9. National Eisteddfod of Wales. Carmarthenshire. Tel: 0845 4090 800. Email: Web:

1-25. Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 180 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS. Tel: (0)131 226 0026. Email: Web:

9-25. Edinburgh International Book Festival. 5A Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH11 1BG. Tel: 0131 718 5666. Email: Web:

21-24. Shambala Festival. Secret country estate location, Northamptonshire. Interdisciplinary festival with a poetry tent. Web:



2-7. Nairn Book & Arts Festival. 53 King Street, Nairn, IV12 4NP. Email: Email:

5-7. Festival No. 6. Portmeiron, Wales. Interdisciplinary festival with a poetry tent. Web:

13-28. Rye Festival. Tel: 07790 193000. Email: Web:

12-14. Winchester Poetry Festival. Festival Hub: Winchester Discovery Centre. Email: Web:

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. Web:

18-21. Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival (Words by the Sea). Web: (contact via online form).


23 – 27. Torbay Festival of Poetry. The Mount, Furzeham, Brixham, Devon TQ4 8QY, UK.  Organiser Patricia Oxley. Programme details on

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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.


Wasafiri New Writing Prize  

Judged by Susheila Nasta, Bidisha, Inua Ellams and Monique Roffey. Prizes: £300 for each category plus winners will be published in Wasafiri. Entry £6 if entering one category, £10 for two and £15 for three categories. Maximum 5 poems can be entered. Contact 'Wasafiri New Writing Prize', Wasafiri, The Open University in London, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8NP, or send your entry via email to More information at

Closing date: 25 July 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry Contest  

For poems of 30 lines or fewer. Prizes $US250, $125, $50. Entry fee is $5 per poem. Mail entries and fees to: Dream Quest One Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654. Details at

Closing date: 31 July 2014

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

UK prize for writers aged 11-17. Judges Helen Mort and Poetry London editor Ahren Warner. Open to all young writers worldwide writing in English, free entry. More info at

Closing date: 31st July 2014


New Open Poetry Competition in 2014

A new open poetry competition to be judged by Chris Kinsey. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, £25. Poets are invited to submit unpublished poems typed in English, on any subject of up to 40 lines. Two copies of each poem required please, plus a sheet with your name & contact details, which will be kept separate. Entry Fees: £4 for first poem, £2 each for subsequent poems, no limit, payable to “Westhope Charity”. The winners’ will be published on the Westhope website. For details ring 01584 861293 or email or

Closing date: 1st August 2014

Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition

Three poems of up to forty lines, or one poem of up to one hundred lines. Judged by Eleanor Hooker. Total prize money of €1,000. The best fiction entry and best poetry entry will each win €300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400. The fee for one entry is €10. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry. Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland with an accompanying SAE and cheque or money order. Contact More information at

Closing date: 6 August 2014

Raed Leaf Poetry Award.

Judges are Ranjit Hoskote, Jennifer Robertson, Wang Ping, Veronica Golos and Michael Dylan Welch. National (for poets of Indian origin living anywhere in the world) and International (non-Indian origin poets) categories, and unified Haiku category. No entries shall be accepted from poets below the age of 18. Enter 5 poems, no more than 40 lines each or 5 haiku in a single word file. Include cover letter with name, complete address, phone number, 200-250 words biography on your poetic journey and your expectations from Read Leaf. First prize and second prize value $500 in total. Haiku total prize value $200. Works of 5 shortlisted poets will be extensively publicized, and offered guest editorship with The Brown Boat magazine. Full information at

Closing date: 6th August 2014

London Lit: Call for Short Stories and Excerpts for Live Readings

Looking for writers to read out their short stories - of up to 2,500 words and excerpts from novels. The aim is to record writers reading their work with the intention of using of uploading it to the internet. To take part, please e-mail Safeena at Please include your full name, telephone number and location in your submission.

Closing date: 11th August 2014

Torbay Poetry Festival Open Competition

Judge:  R.V. Bailey. Poems up to 50 lines. First prize: £700 plus free weekend at Festival including accommodation and Festival pass; second prize: £400 plus free Festival pass; third prize: £200 plus two tickets for Festival Supper.  Entry fee £4 per poem, 4 poems for £15. Send to The Administrator, c/o 6 The Mount, Furzeham, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8QY, UK. 

Closing date: 15th August 2014.

2014 Mind Magazine INSIGHT Poetry Prize Competition 

Submit 1–3 unpublished poems, up to three pages each. Judged by award-winning poet Michael Spring and Editor-in-chief Rich Norman. $US300 for first prize, $150 for second prize, and $50 each for three honourable mentions. Winners will be published in Mind Magazine's top talent showcase section. Entry fee $10, check or money order to Mind Magazine, PO Box 387, O’Brien, OR 97534; or via PayPal to For more information visit

Closing date: 15 August 2014

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition

Sole Judge: Jonathan Davidson - who will read all entries. Poems up to length: 70 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200. Fee: £4; £10 for 3 postal entries; or £4.35; £8.70 for 2 or £11 for 3 entries via Paypal. Online entry at; or send an SAE to; Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, Butlers, Western Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RN for details. 

Closing date: 17 August 2014

The Michael Marks Poetry Award

Recognising an outstanding work of poetry published in pamphlet form in the UK between July 2013 and June 2014. The winning poet will receive a cheque for £5,000 and will also become Harvard University’s Michael Marks Poet in Residence at its summer school in Greece. This year’s residency will take place in July 2015. Entry forms, rules and further information from or from Andrew Forster/Kate Taylor on 015394 35544.

Closing date: 18th August 2014

The SaveAs Writers' International Writing Competition

'The Bigger Picture: Reflections on the Great War'. For poetry or prose written in response to any work of art (painting, literature, poetry, music, film etc) associated with The First World War. Prize details and full T&C see

Closing date: 23rd August.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

For poetry and short fiction. Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual; £500 for each category winner; editorial coverage for a selection of finalists on the Aesthetica Blog and a selection of books courtesy of Vintage and Bloodaxe Books. Entry is £10. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. For more information and to enter visit

Closing date: 31st August 2014


Westhope Open Poetry Competition  

Poems in English, any subject, up to 40 lines, two copies required please. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, £25, Entry fee £4 for first poem, £2 for subsequent poems, no limit. Postal entries to Westhope College, Craven Arms SY7 9JL. Tel: 01584 861 293. Cheques please to ‘Westhope Charity’.

Closing date: 1st September 2014

The Poems Please Me Prize 2014

Prizes: 1st £600, 2nd £300, 3rd £150, Highly Commended £30 each. Subject: open. Length: 12-40 lines. Judge: Anthony Watts. Artists worldwide will illustrate the winning and commended poems (with mounted illustrations of their choice for the top three poets) with publication by Poems Please Me, by The Artists' Quarter (TAQ) and in a new eBook. Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, two poems £9, three poems £12. See General enquiries:

Closing date: 14th September 2014

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 Postal submissions to: Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards, IDP, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, EX21 5UU

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

Closing date: 8th 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 or mail to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP. Full info and PayPal link at

Closing date: 20th 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: 31 October 2014



The Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition

: 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 (

Closing date: 1st Dec 2014




With Words Summer Competition 

For haikus capturing the essence of Summer. Info and contact at 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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