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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.



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 For more info contact Poet in the City on 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

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: 

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:

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 and 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 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: 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:

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:

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:

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:

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: Tel: 01392 434169. Sign-up for one of the 6 slam places by emailing 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 Otherwise tickets cost £11.50.
Box Office 020 7520 1490
For enquiries please contact
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:

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:

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

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).

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:

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:

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.

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:

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).

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 Translation7 pm. Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Email: Tel: 020 7520 1490. Book:

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:

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: 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. 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 or 020 7420 9886.

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.

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:

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 Book at

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. 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: 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 (

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 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:

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: 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



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.

 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: 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: Tel: 020 7520 1490. Book:

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: 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:

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:

Sat 29. Picture the Poet. Featuring John Agard and Buddy Wakefield. 7pm. Graves gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 2LH. Book at 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: Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.



Mon 1. The Best of Poetry London: Anthology Launch and Fundraiser. Hall Two, King's Place, 90 York Way. Please join us for a celebratory Launch Event and Fundraiser for Poetry London with readings from Kathryn Maris, Jack Underwood, Marilyn Hacker, Maurice Riordan, Ahren Warner, Liz Berry, Daljit Nagra and Colette Bryce.

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:




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:


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:

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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.



Buzzwords meets on the first Sunday of each month (except for August) upstairs at the Exmouth Arms in Bath Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. Start time 7pm for the workshop or 8pm for the poetry reading. Finish time is 10pm.


Poetry on the Border Poetry event on the first Saturday of the month (no event in Jan 2010), hosted and introduced by William Ayot £12/£10 7.30pm at the Drill Hall, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ. The poetry reading is done by one poet from Wales and another poet from across the border, England, Scotland or another country. 



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



Colpitts Poetry various dates, 8, £2.50/£1.50. Allington House, Sadler Street, North Bailey. Contact Mick Standen. 
Tel: 0191 386 4058 



Big Word Performance Poetry Fortnightly cabaret. MCs Anita Govan and Jem Rolls. 8.30, £4/£3. The Gilded Balloon, 233 Cowgate, EH1 [bottom of Blair St]. 
Tel 0131 229 3633

Out Loud Open mic. run by the Phoenix Writers Group. 1st Thu, 7.30, £1. The Diggars pub (aka The Athletic Arms) 1-3 Angle Park Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11. Contact Julie Clark. 
Tel: 0131 478 6136

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


Ellesmere Port

Jim Bennett's Poetry Night 2nd Thur, 7.30pm, free Border Books, Outlet Village. Contact Jim. 
Tel: 0151 691 1111 



Uncut Poetry Cabaret Last Thursday of the month. Black Box, Media Centre, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter. Box Office: 01392 667080. Hosted by poets Alistair Paterson and Gemma Green. Guest poet each month. Fully accessible venue. Ramps, disabled parking to side entrance. Entry: £5/£3 concessions and open-mikers with confirmed bookings. Anyone wishing to book an open-mike slot, may call Gemma Green on 07855 809394. 


Taking the Mic 8pm - Exeter Phoenix Café Bar 3rd Wed. of the month. Free! Oopen mike show plus a guest performer, hosted by Tim Kingand Morwenna Griffiths. Exeter Pheonix Arts Centre, Gandy Street, Exeter. Fully accessible venue. Ramp via West Entrance. Performing poets, stand-ups, singer songwriters... 3-5 minute slots available on a first come first served basis. It books up usually within 24 hours of the previous event, but if you miss that, you can join the reserve list, as some people do drop out. Join the Facebook group and/or ask for a slot via their Facebook wall at;


Spokes Amaze at the Bike Shed Theatre. 162–3, Fore St., Exeter. Mini slam night in the Bike Shed Theatre every first Sunday of the month. The winner gets a paid slot at the next Spokes Amaze. With guest poets. Tickets: £5 / £2 slammers. Info: Booking: / 01392 434169. Slam sign-up by e-mail to Priority given to new-comers and on a first come first serve basis.


Exeter Story Club. Cellar Bar, City Gate, Iron Bridge, Lower North St., Exeter EX4 3RB. 8pm. First Wed. of the month Stairs, no wheelchair access. Stories and music. Free entry for tellers, £3 for listeners. For more info, email Facebook page at;



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



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



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



Pulsar Live Microphone Mon, 8.00, free. Riffs Bar, Greatfield, Nr. Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire. Contact Mike York or David Pike.
Tel: 01793 778304, 01793 875941 



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


Hebden Bridge

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



Poems at the Albert pub Beside Huddersfield Library, 2nd Thursday of every month. 8pm 
Tel: 01484 305179 



Poetry Ipswich Reading & open mic. Wed, 7.30, £4/£2. Workshop & reading £7.50/£5. Workshop only £5. The Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Road. (Opposite Arboretum entrance to Christchurch Park). 



LitFest's Spotlight Club Guest readers & open mics. 3rd Fri, 8.30pm, £3/£2. Yorkshire House, Parliament St. Contact Ron Baker or Sarah Fiske. 
Tel: 01524 381642 



Abbey House Museum Abbey Walk, Kirkstall. 
Tel: 0113 230 5492 

Phoenix Poetry Guest & open mic. 2nd Tue. Fusion Café in Host Media Centre, 21 Savile Mount LS7 3HZ. Contact Siobhan Macmahon. 
Tel: 0113 262 0138

Shamed Poetry Open mic. Cafe Moderno, Lower Briggate 
Tel: 0113 229 2541 

Wicked Words Poetry Slam And Kash Prise to Boot! 2nd Tues of month, 8-11, free. Fusion Cafe Bar, Host Media Centre, off Chapeltown Road, 21 Savile Mount Leeds LS73HZ. Contact Siobhan Macmahon or Brendan Ego. 
Tel: 0113 262 0138, 017715 115582  

Survivors Poetry 3rd Mon, 7.30. Interchange @ Strawberry Fields. MC Johnny Solstice.



Poetry Society Readings & workshops. Fri, 7.45, £3.50/£2.50. Leicester Adult Education College, Wellingston St. Contact Emma Lee. 
Tel: 0116 256 7074 (office hours)



The Club Surreal Sun, £4/£3. The Sundaybeat, The Brewery. Contact Gonzo. 
Tel: 0151 707 9479

Dead Good Poets Society Monthly open floor. 1st Wed, at the Everyman Bistro Third Room, Hope St, 8.30pm, 24 slots of 5 mins per person. Monthly Guest Nights 3rd Wed. 8.30pm. 3 in 4 events at above venue, 4th at The Unity Theatre, Hope Place. Contact Sarah Maclennan 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY.
Tel:0151 709 5221

The Hub Cafe Poetry & acoustic music. 2nd & 4th Wed, 8-11. Ranleigh St. Contact Kieron Deveney. 
Tel: 0151 286 1255 

Stamps Cafe Open mic and guests. 1st Mon.

Xplosive Mouth 2nd & 4th Tue, 8. The Picket, Hardman St. Contact Kieron Deveney. 
Tel: 07790 925437 

Liver Bards 3rd Mon, 8pm to 11pm, upstairs at the Ship & Mitre Pub, Dale St., Liverpool L2 2EZ. Free. Open mic. MCs are Dave Costello (07747 632922) and Steve Regan (07764 615069).



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



Speakeasy Open mic & guests. £5/£4. (readers £3) The Green Room, Whitworth St West. Contact Ekua.
Tel: 0161 236 1261 



The B[uz]z Poetry Performances 1st Fri, 8, £3/£2, (students £1). The Cyber Café, 65 Grange Road 

The Purple Onion Music & layers, Tue 8. 80 Corporation Road 
Tel: 01642 222250



Salisbury House Guest poet & floor spots. 1st Sat, 7.30, £3/£2 Bury St West, Enfield N9 9LA Contact Jane Elder. 
Tel: 020 8360 5470, 020 8360 7779  

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


Newcastle upon Tyne

Basil Bunting Poetry Centre Morden Tower, Back Stowell St. Contact Connie Pickard. Tel: 0191 477 4430 

Origins Poetry & music. 2nd Sun Bridge Hotel 



TVP Promote poetry events & publish. Contact Lisa D’Onofrio or Jason Raper. 
Tel: 01603 629782, 01603 485679 

Ten Bells Open mic. Last Sun, 8.30. St. Benedict's Street. Contact Andrew McDonnell. 
Tel: 01603 762378



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



Back Room Poets Tel: 018655 14699



The Artist Residence 20 Chapel Street, Café Frug.
Tel. 01736 753899.
Alternate Wednesday evenings of poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux. Musicians and Poets welcome to perform.  



Tongues and Grooves  Last Sundays, The RMA Tavern, Eastney, Portsmouth. 8 - 11pm. £4. Featured poets, music and open mic. For info on special events visit



The Language Club Guest readers, support, open mic & mic. Last Sat, 7.30, £3/£2. Plymouth Arts Centre, Looe St, The Barbican Contact Tim Allen. 
Tel: 01752 661339, 01752 206114 



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



Salisbury Poetry Café at Salisbury Arts Centre. Last Thursday of the month. Tickets £4. Hear readings by poets, as well as the chance for everyone to share work in the open mic sessions. To book an open mic slot please contact Grace Gauld on 01722 744984 or e-mail; The bar will be open from 7.30pm before the performance. Join the Salisbury Poetry Cafe Facebook group at 



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


St Andrews

Performance Poetry Cabaret First Monday at The Lizard hosted by Milton Balgoni & open mic 8pm in the Lizard Lounge, The Inn, North Street, St Andrews, Scotland. Contact Milton. 
Tel: 01334 652353, 07851 044922 


St Ives

St Ives Arts Club Westcott's Quay, TR26 2DY - Café Frug.
01736 753899. 
Every Thursday evening at 8PM, poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux. Musicians and Poets welcome to perform. £4.00 / performers free.  



Blue Cat Café Open mic & guests. Last Wed, 8, free. Shaw Rd, Heaton Moor



Dylan Thomas Centre National Literature Centre for Wales, Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR 
Tel: 01792 463980 



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



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



Monkey Café Bar Open mic & guests. 1st Wed, 8. Interchange @ The Monkey Cafe Bar, Northgate.


Westcliff on Sea

Speakeasy Open Mic 2nd Tue, 8pm, £2. Club Riga, 228 London Rd, Westcliff On Sea, Essex SS0 7JG (via the Cricketers pub) 
Tel: 01702 393962


West Yorkshire

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



Poetry Action Wigan & Leigh Libraries, performances at Orwell pub, Wigan Pier, Tues. Contact Gary Boswell. 
Tel: 01942 404566 






Ambit hosts regular events with open mic slots at a range of London venues and launches a new issue every three months at The Owl Bookshop, 207 Kentish Town Road, NW5. Join Ambit's Facebook page for up-to-date information or sign up to the mailing list. Contact Kate Pemberton. 
Tel: 020 8340 3566 

Apples & Snakes

Major poetry event organiser. Contact George Palmer, Press & Marketing Co-ordinator, Apples & Snakes, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 
Tel: 0845 521 3460, 020 8465 6147 

Bishopsgate Institute 

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

British Library 

Offers literary talks & poetry readings, 96 Euston Rd NW1 2DB. The John Ritblat Gallery ontains a permanent display of over 200 of the British Library's greatest treasures. Wheelchair access, wheelchairs available.
Tel: 020 7412 7332


South London’s premier performance poetry, showcasing young, national & international performers every other month on 2nd Saturday at Brixton Art Gallery, 35 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 
Tel: 02077336957

Burn After Reading

Hosted by a community of young 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.


13-28. Rye Festival. Tel: 07790 193000. 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).

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: or Web:

26-5 Oct. Wigtown Book Festival. Galloway, DG8 9JH. Tel: 01988 402036. Email: Web:

28-30 Oct. Words in Walden. Contact Harts Books, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3AQ. Tel: 01799 523456. Email: Web:



1-11. Essex Poetry Festival. Contact Derek Adams, Essex Poetry Festival, Flat 3,
1 Clifton Terrace,
SS1 1DT. Email: Tel:

2-11. Birmingham Literature Festival. Contact Sara Beadle at 116 The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA Tel: 01212 462774. Email: Web:

3-12. Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literary Festival. 109-111 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LS. Contact 0844 880 8094 or

3-19. Ilkley Literature Festival. Contact Knutsford Literature Festival, 76 Glebelands Road, Knutsford, WA16 9DZ. Email: Web:

4-12. Morley Literature Festival. Contact Morley Town Hall, 
Morley, Leeds
 LS27 9DY
 Tel: 0770 985 1445. Email: Web:

4-22. Knutsford Literature Festival. Contact Knutsford Literature Festival, 76 Glebelands Road, Knutsford, WA16 9DZ. Email: Web:

10-18. Wells Festival of Literature. Contact Old Ditch Farm, Lynch Lane, Westbury-sub-Mendip, BA5 1HW. Tel: 01749 671770 (ticket sales only). Email: Web:

10-26. Essar Chester Literature Festival. Contact Paul Lavin. 55-57 Watergate Row South, Chester, CH1 2LE. Tel: 01244 409113. Email:

12-19. Guildford Book Festival. Contact Glenis Pycraft (Festival Director), c/o Tourist Information Centre, 
14 Tunsgate
, Guildford, 
GU1 3QT.
 Tel: 01303 858500. Email: Web:

13-19. Mere LIterary Festival. Tel: 01747 860475. Web:

14-18. Manchester Literature Festival. Contact 5 Oak St, Manchester M4 5JD
 Tel: 0161 832 5502. Email: Web: 

15-19. Words Wolds. Contact Wolds Words Festival,
East Lindsey District Council,
Tedder Hall,
Manby Park,
LN11 8UP. Tel: 07917 758008. Email: Web:

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:,

18-1 Nov. Canterbury Festival. Contact Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JA. Tel: 01227 452853. Email: Web:

22-26. Dundee Literary Festival. Contact Anna Day, Dundee Literary Festival, 6th Floor, Tower Building, Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HN. Tel: 01382 386995. Email: Web:

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

27-9 Nov. Dylan Thomas Festival. Contact The Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, 
Swansea, Wales, SA1 1RR. Tel: 01792 463980. Web:



7-9. Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Contact The Poetry Trust, 9 New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8BY. Tel: 01986 835950. Email: Web:

12-15. Literary Leicester. Contact University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester. Tel: 0116 252 2320. Email: Web:

13-16 Nov. Petworth Literary Weekend. Contact Petworth Festival, 151 Whites Green Lodge, Lurgashall, Petworth, GU28 9BD. Tel: 01798 343055. Email: Web:

15-24. Folkestone Book Festival. Contact Creative Foundation
The Block
65-69 Tontine Street
Folkestone, Kent CT20 1JR. Tel: 01303 245799. Email: Web: 



23-25. The Arts and Book Festival. Contact Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH. Tel: 01539 435544. Web:

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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.


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

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

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 after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of 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

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

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     

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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 

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

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 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

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      

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 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

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 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: 

Closing date: 30 November 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

Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition

For ten to twelve pages of poetry. First prize is publication. Entry £10 (£11online). More information and entry at

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 First prize £1,500, second £1,000, third £500. See 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

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

Closing Date: 31 December 2014



Prole Laureate

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

Closing date: 31st January 2015. 



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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