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Poetry Diary

This is where you can find out about poetry events in the UK listed by date. Listings are updated weekly and advertised here and on our social media (Twitter and Facebook). If you’re organising a poetry event, course, group or competition in the UK, send relevant details to listings@poetrylondon.co.uk. 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.

AUGUST

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.https://uk.patronbase.com/_Forge/Productions/DB/Performances.7:00PM. £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 – www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

 

SEPTEMBER

Mon 1. Launch of Small Grass. A new poetry chapbook by Jacqueline Gabbitas and Frances Barry (artwork). With Anna Robinson, Kathryn Maris and Fawzia Kane. 6.30pm for 7pm. Barbican Library, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. Free entry (but space limited, so contact the library for tickets: 0207 638 0569)

Mon 1. Poetry School Autumn Term Launch Event. Readings from Roddy Lumsden, Holly Hopkins and students from a course run in collaboration with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. Readings start from 7.30pm, doors are open for drinking and chatting from 6.30pm. The Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL. Entrance is free.

Mon 1. Exiled Lit Café. Our Pain Our Love. 7.30 pm. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (Covent Garden tube). On wounds that define identities, such as exile, family, politics or lost romance. Ft. Amarjit Chandan, Abol Froushan, Maria Heath Beckett and Ali Abdolrezaei. Open Mic. £2 2014 EWI committee members and asylum seekers; £4 others. www.exiledwriters.co.uk

Tue 2. Five Poets at the Lamb. Featuring Astrid Alben, Philip Hancock, Kathryn Maris, Graham Clifford and Róisín Tierney. 94 Lamb’s Conduit St, London WC1N 3LZ. Free entry. 

Tue 2. Waterstone’s Drop-In. Waterstone’s, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. Read your favourite poem, or a poem you’ve written yourself, on the theme of ‘Dance’. 6.30 – 7pm. Guest poet Racker Donnelly. Free of charge. Please RSVP by telephoning Waterstone’s on 020 7851 2400 or by emailing Piccadilly@waterstones.com.

Thu 4. Brixtongue: International Plant Adventure. Evening of poetry, art, music and talks, featuring Rachel Long, Will Tyas and others. Effra Social, Brixton SW2 1DF. 7.30 pm. More information at www.london_arts_concepts.com

Fri 5. Somerstown Tales. Young people from the New Horizons Youth Centre and Somers Town Community Centre perform fairy tales and poetry detailing their experience of life in NW1. Led by Rosie Knight. Free entrance. 7-8pm, Only Connect Theatre, 32 Cubitt Street, London, WC1X 0LR. For more information please contact Adam Webb: 07947 062360 or adjwebb@btinternet.com.

Sat 6. Peter Barlow’s Cigarette. Poetry Reading Series. Featuring Michael Haslam, Scott Thurston, Zoe Skoulding, Stephen Emmerson. Waterstones, 91 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW. Tel: 0843 290 8485. 7 pm. Free entry.

Sat 6. Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair. UK contemporary poetry publishers display and sell their work direct to the public. 10am-4.30pm. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London Wc1R 4RL. Evening do at the nearby Rugby Tavern.

Sat 6. Penned in the Margins: Ten Year Birthday Party. 6pm - 1am. £5. Rich Mix 
35-47 Bethnal Green Road 
London E1 6LA. Readings and live sets from poets and authors including Ross Sutherland and Hannah Silva, plus DJs and roundtable discussions. More information and booking at www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk.

Sat 6. An Evening With Rockingham Press. 7.30pm. Dugdale Centre 
39 London Road
Enfield EN2 6DS. £3.50 entrance, concessions £2.50. Ft. David Perman and guests.

Sat 6. Ben Norris: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family. 7.30pm
.mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9QH.
Info: http://bit.ly/UQbIhO Tickets: http://bit.ly/1nRFP4m.

Sun 7. Poet in the City and Owen Lowery. 2pm. Deaf actors Jean St Clair and Adam Bassett, with TV presenter Ashley Kendall, sign classic poems, from Robert Frost to Shakespeare to Rabindranath Tagore. In the second part of this event, Owen Lowery presents Otherwise Unchanged. Tickets cost £8 and include entry to both events. Book online at unlimited.southbankcentre.co.uk. Book by phone: 0844 847 9910. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, The Southbank Centre.

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. 

Wed 10. Pablo Neruda in Italy. 6.30pm. Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX. Ft. Adam Feinstein with music from Silvia Balducci. Free event. Book online www.icilondon.esteri.it

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: www.artfulscribe.co.uk/ 023 8023 8582.

Fri 12. Poets Out and About in Paris and London. Panel discussion featuring Jacques Réda, Helen Mort and Tamar Yoseloff, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in New Poetry for her collection Formerly in 2012. Justin Hopper will bring the evening to a close with a performance poem composed for the occasion. Chaired by Sasha Dugdale. Free but reservation compulsory: box.office@institutfrancais.org.uk

Sat 13. New Young Poet Laureates. Showcase of Spread the Word’s Young Poet Laureate for London nominees. St Pancras Room, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. 2pm. Host Mr Gee. 

Sun 14. Advanced Poetry Workshop. 11am – 4pm. Martina Evans teaches an advanced poetry workshop drawing on cinematic techniques. Course code HW150. £46 to enroll. Contact infoline@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7492 2600. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

Sun 14. Jazz Verse Jukebox. Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT. Doors Open 6.30pm, Show from 7.30pm. Tickets: £8.00. (Available on the Door Only). Special guests Anthony Anaxagorou, Richard Tyrone Jones, Agnes Meadows and Bridget Minamore. Plus open mic. Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola. Web: www.about.me/jazzversejukebox. Email: JazzVerseJukebox@me.com

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: www.kingsplace.co.uk.

Tue 16. Templar Poetry Live at Keats House. 7-8.30 pm. An evening of Iota Poetry, with Nigel McLoughlin, Christopher James and Alex McMillen. Free, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

Wed 17. Per Ogni Cosa Un Nome – One Name for Each Thing. Nicola Gardini reads from his recent poetry book (in Italian). Free event. Booking online essential - www.icilondon.esteri.it

Sat 20. The Poetry of Keats: A Literary Workshop. 11am – 4pm. One-day course led by Jenny Baynes, who will read, talk about and discuss the Keats poetry that has inspired her. Course code HLT15. £34 to enroll. Contact infoline@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7492 2600. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

Wed 24. Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 3 Launch. 7pm, VIP Rooms, Dogstar, Brixton, 389 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LQ. Contributors to the magazine will read their work. Limited open mic slots available on the night. £3 entry entitles you to £3 off a copy of the magazine on the night. Book tickets online in advance at http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/2014/08/event-issue-3-launch-poetry-fiction-open-mic/

Thu 25. Launch of Singing for Inanna. 7-8.30pm. Poems in English and Arabic by Jenny Lewis and Adnan Al-Sayegh, published by Mulfran Press, will be launched with a performance by Jenny and Adnan, with oud accompaniment by Patricia de Mayo, introduced by Leona Medlin. Free, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

Sat 27. National Poetry Slam Final. 1:15 pm.
Royal Albert Hall. Hosted by Steve Larkin and Sam Berkson, with featured artist Kate Tempest.
Organised by Hammer & Tongue. For more details and to book tickets visit www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/poetry-slam/default.aspx

Sun 28. Keats House Poets Present…“Our Place within it All”. Simon Mole and Raymond Antrobus give a poetry workshop on making the political personal. Free, booking essential: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

 

OCTOBER

Fri 3. Poetry London Autumn 2014 launch. Including presentation of prizes to our competition winners. Readers are Laura Elliott, Sean O'Brien, and competition judge Michael Symmons Roberts, alongside the competition winners including Jon Stone, Beverly Nadin and Stephen Sexton. ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, Outer Circle, London NW1 4RY. 7 pm. Tickets £5, please book in advance at www.zsl.org/zsl-arts-culture/zsl-cultural-events. Disabled access. 

Sat 4. Singing for Inanna workshop. 1.30-4.30 PM. Discover the influence of praise poems on Arabic and English poetry with Jenny Lewis and Adnan al Sayegh. £15 / £12 concessions: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

Sat 4. Kings Cross Group. Ft. Danielle Hope, Wendy French, Martyn Crucefix, Mo Gallacio, Diane Tang, and Lynne Hjelmgaard. 7.30pm. Dugdale Centre 
39 London Road
Enfield EN2 6DS. £3.50 entrance, concessions £2.50.

Tue 7. The Poetry of Mystery. 6.30 - 7.30 pm. Rowan Williams and Wendy Cope reflect personally on poetry and mystery, and share some of the poems which have helped them. Register for a free ticket online at: poetryofmystery.eventbrite.co.uk.

Tue 14. Templar Poetry Live at Keats House. 7-8.30pm. Launch of Matthew Henley’s first collection, Beetle, alongside readings from Paul Maddern. Free, booking recommended:  www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

Wed 15. The Retold Ramayana. Daljit Nagra’s retelling, adapted for the stage by Jaybird Live Literature. 7.30pm. Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR. Tickets: 01308 427183. www.bridport-arts.com. Prices: £12 / £11 / £10 / £3

Thu 23. The Retold Ramayana. Daljit Nagra’s retelling, adapted for the stage by Jaybird Live Literature. 7.30pm. Rich Mix Cinema and Arts Centre, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Tickets: 020 7613 7498. www.richmix.org.uk. Prices: £9 / £7

Thu 23. London Literature Lounge. 6.30-8.30 PM. An evening of poetry with open mic. Anjan Saha will read from his collection Lost Luggage, joined by special guests and live tabla (Indian percussion) accompaniment. Open mic sign up from 6.30. Free, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

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.

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

Fri 31. Late Night Keats – Halloween with Daljit Nagra. 7-9.30pm. Gothic literature, music and a poetry open mic compered by Keats House Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra. Adults only. £8 (includes a complimentary drink). Booking essential: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

 

NOVEMBER

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.

Sat 15. Poetry Surgery with Daljit Nagra. 1-3pm. Bring along up to three poems and Daljit Nagra will offer supportive critical feedback. £5, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR. 

Tue 18. Templar Poetry Live at Keats House. 7-8.30. An evening with Christopher James, Beatrice Garland and the winner of the 2014 Straid Collection Award (yet to be announced!). Free, booking recommended: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

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.

Sat 29. Picture the Poet. Featuring John Agard and Buddy Wakefield. 7pm. Graves gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 2LH. Book at http://bit.ly/1q0zLTU. Also featuring local poets Gav Roberts, Stan Skinny and a performance by young 

Sun 30. Keats House Poets Present…“when the frost Has wrought a silence”. 2-4pm. Keats House Poets Anthony Hett and Deanna Rodger give seasonally inspired poetry workshop. Free, booking essential: www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR.

 

DECEMBER

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.

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.

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Regular events

Recurring events across the UK are listed here.

Outside London

 

Bath

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

 

Birkenhead

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 
jasonrichards69@hotmail.com 

 

Bournemouth

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

 

Bracknell 

South Hill Park Arts Centre Organises course & events. Ringmead, Birch Hill, Bracknell RG12 7PA 
Tel: 01344 484858 
01344 484123 (box office)

 

Bristol

Acoustic Night Open mic. MC Pete Hunter. Mon 7. "Crofts", Stokes Croft, Bristol Contact Pete. 
Tel: 0117 3771677 
peteland@madasafish.com

Bristol Can Openers 2nd Thur, 8, £3/£1.50. YHA, Narrow Quay. Contact Lucy Hudson. 
Tel: 0117 942 6976 

Phat Lip Floor Show Monthly, theatre/slam/video. 8, £3.50. MCs Pete Hunter & Tim Gibbard. Landsdown, 8 Clifton Rd. Contact Pete Hunter or Tim Gibbard. 
Tel: 0117 3771677 
07790 660939 

Acoustic Night @ Halo Cafe Bar and Restaurant Alternate Mondays. 141 Gloucester Road, Bishopston. Bristol BS7 8BA. Access; Two sets of 2 or 3 steps, not steep, assistance available, but not yet easily wheelchair accessible. However, partially ambulant disabled especially with a collapsible wheelchair would probably be fine. Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fans-of-Acoustic-Night-Bristol/116688498377873. Doors 7.15 for 8.15 show. General info; Shows start at 8.15pm Register to perform at 7.45pm prompt. Ends 11.30pm. Poets, musicians, storytellers, magicians and many other intrepid performers. Half the 10 minute slots are spoken word – around 8, so do arrive promptly as they go fast. Entry £2 for all, more for special events. Donations welcomed.

 

Cambridge

CB1 Poetry at Michaelhouse Guest poets plus floor spot 2nd Tues every month £5/£3 8pm at Michaelhouse, Trinity Street, CB2 1SU. Also open mic every 4th Tues £3/£2 8pm at CB1 Café, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD Contact Ian Cartland. 
Tel: 07985 708422 
www.cb1poetry.org.uk

 

Cardiff

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

Friday Nights in Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre Market Rd, Canton. 
Tel: 029 2030 4400 
 

First Thursday. Hosted by Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack, we present authors reading from their works and a popular ‘open mic’ spot for aspiring writers. Sponsored by Seren, Mulfran Press and Literature Wales. Join our facebook page First Thursday of the Month at Chapter. Chapter Arts Centre, Canton Cardiff, 7:30 pm ‘Media Point’ room, Open Mic £2.50 entrance fee off the price of books.

 

Chepstow

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

 

Cockermouth

Cockermouth Poetry Castlegate, Qtly readings. Details Michael Baron. 
Tel: 01900 85289 
mikbaron@macunlimited.net

 

Durham

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

 

Edinburgh

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 
jemrolls@bigword.fsnet.co.uk

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
words@outloud.org.uk

Shore Poets last Sun, 7.45pm, £3/£2. Mai Thai cafe bar, The Tun, 111 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8.
Info: www.marcabru.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

 

Ellesmere Port

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

 

Exeter

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

 

Taking the Mic 8pm - Exeter Phoenix Café Bar 3rd Wed. of the month. Free! Oopen mike show plus a guest performer, hosted by Tim Kingand Morwenna Griffiths. Exeter Pheonix Arts Centre, Gandy Street, Exeter. Fully accessible venue. Ramp via West Entrance. Performing poets, stand-ups, singer songwriters... 3-5 minute slots available on a first come first served basis. It books up usually within 24 hours of the previous event, but if you miss that, you can join the reserve list, as some people do drop out. Join the Facebook group and/or ask for a slot via their Facebook wall at;  http://www.facebook.com/groups/236423159722504/

 

Spokes Amaze at the Bike Shed Theatre. 162–3, Fore St., Exeter. Mini slam night in the Bike Shed Theatre every first Sunday of the month. The winner gets a paid slot at the next Spokes Amaze. With guest poets. Tickets: £5 / £2 slammers. Info: bikeshedtheatre.co.uk. Booking: bikeshedtheatre.co.uk / 01392 434169. Slam sign-up by e-mail to gina@applesandsnakes.org. 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 cartwheels.collective@gmail.com. Facebook page at; https://www.facebook.com/ExeterStoryClub.

 

Frome

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

 

Glasgow

The Ramshorn Theatre 98 Ingram St G1 1EX 
Tel: 0141 552 3489 
ramshorn.theatre@strath.ac.uk 

 

Grasmere

The Wordsworth Trust Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH 
Tel: 01539 435544 
www.wordsworth.org.uk 

 

Greatfield

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
david.pike@virgin.net 

 

Haslingden

Live at the Trades Guest poets & open mic. 4th Wed, 8pm, £2. Trades Club. Contact Martin Peacock. 
Tel: 01254 389250 
peacock912@breathemail.net 

 

Hebden Bridge

Nelson's Wine Bar Crown St. Poetry & open mic. 8.30, free. Contact Helen. Tel: 01925 752611 
Helen@thomas0.fsnet.co.uk

 

Huddersfield

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

 

Ipswich

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). derina@ukonline.co.uk 

 

Lancaster

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 
sarah.fiske@virgin.net 

 

Leeds

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 
b_mcpartlan@hotmail.com

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

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

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

 

Leicester

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) 
e.hooper@bssgroup.com

 

Liverpool

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 
sarah@deadgoodpoetssociety.co.uk www.deadgoodpoetssociety.co.uk

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

Stamps Cafe Open mic and guests. 1st Mon.

Xplosive Mouth 2nd & 4th Tue, 8. The Picket, Hardman St. Contact Kieron Deveney. 
Tel: 07790 925437 
xplosivemouth2@activemail.co.uk 

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

 

Llanberis

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

 

Manchester

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

 

Middlesbrough

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

 

Middlesex

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) 
info@watermans.org.uk www.watermans.org.uk 

 

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 

 

Norwich

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 
quickspace99@hotmail.com

 

Nottingham

Net Talks From trAce. 7, room 004, Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane NG11 8NS 
Tel: 0115 948 6360 
trace@ntu.ac.uk www.nottscc.go.uk/arts

 

Oxford

Back Room Poets Tel: 018655 14699 
www.myspace.com/backroompoets

 

Penzance

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.  

 

Portsmouth

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

 

Plymouth

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

 

Reading

Rising Sun Arts Centre 30 Silver St, Reading RG1 2ST 
Tel: 0118 9866788 
risingsun@freewire.co.uk

 

Salisbury

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;  poetrycafe@salisburyarts.co.uk. The bar will be open from 7.30pm before the performance. Join the Salisbury Poetry Cafe Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=329633307190 

 

Sheffield

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

 

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.  

 

Stockport

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

 

Swansea

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

 

Tameside

Central Library, Old St, Ashton-under-Lyne 
Tel: 0161 342 2031 
information.direct@mail.tameside.gov.uk 

 

Toddington

Poetry Society Readings at Shannon Hotel, Guildford Street 
Tel: 01582 723500 
janes@connect-2.co.uk

 

Wakefield

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 
buffo@freenetname.co.uk

 

West Yorkshire

Write Angles Reliable arts info. Newsletter, also available online. 21 Bond St, Dewsbury WF13 1AX 
Tel: 01924 455555 
info@yarts.co.uk www.arts.org.uk Opening Line Listings & events.
www.openingline.co.uk

 

Wigan

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

 

 

London

 

Ambit 

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 
info@ambitmagazine.co.uk www.ambitmagazine.co.uk 

Apples & Snakes

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

Bishopsgate Institute 

Offers concerts, talks & literary events, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2 4QH 
www.bishopsgate.org.uk 

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 
www.bl.uk

Brixtongue 

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

Burn After Reading

Hosted by a community of young and spoken word artists. Gallery Café in Bethnal Green. £3 on the door. Doors open 7pm, first Friday of every month. http://barpoetry.tumblr.com

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 
CoffPoetry@aol.com www.coffeehousepoetry.org www.annemariefyfe.com 

CoolTanArts.

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

Exiled Writers Ink! 

Platform for artists living in exile in the UK, offers literature events, poetry writing workshops, mentoring & translation. Exiled Lit Cafe 1st Monday of month £4/£2 7.30pm at The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, WC2 
Tel: 020 8458 1910 
www.exiledwriters.co.uk jennifer@exiledwriters.fsnet.co.uk 

Foyles 

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

Jawdance.

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

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. 
Katermurr@btinternet.com keith.jebb@beds.ac.uk 

Lauderdale House 

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

London Review Bookshop 

Hosts talks, readings, debates & discussions £6 7pm 
14 Bury Place, WC1A 
Tel: 02072699030 
books@lrbshop.co.uk, 
www.lrbshop.co.uk 

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 
www.museumindocklands.org.uk 

New River Writers Group

3rd Thursdays. Reading works in progress for peer review and feedback. Sheephaven Bay pub, 2 Mornington Street, Camden London NW1 7DQ. Contact jjgduffus@hotmail.com or Http://www.foxglove.co.uk/newriver

Pitshanger Poets 

Weekly workshops, readings at Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5BQ. Contact Alan Chambers. 
Tel: 02085677234 
nala.ques@virgin.net www.pitshangerpoets.co.uk 

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. 
poets@poetsanon.org.uk www.poetsanon.org.uk 

Poetry Cafe at the Poetry Society 

Basement, 22 Betterton St, WC2H 9BU 
Tel: 020 7420 9880. 
Exiled Writers Inc  Guest performers exiled from their home countries & open mic. Monthly on Mon, 7.30 (doors), 8 (start), £4/£3 
Tel: 020 7916 5317
www.exiledwriters.co.uk Poetry Unplugged Lively open mic on Tue. MC: Niall O’Sullivan. Sign up 7 for 7.30, £3.50/£2.50 
Tel: 020 7240 2133 
Loose Muse Monthly on Wed, hosted by Agnes Meadows  tall-lighthouse Last Wed 
www.tall-lighthouse.co.uk Survivors Poetry Guest readers & open mic. 2nd Thur, 7.30 for 8pm start £2/£1 
Fourth Friday Poetry & music, open mic 8pm 
African writers Evening hosted by Nii Parkes 3rd Fri. 
The Cellar Weekly on Sat £5/£3 8pm The Shuffle Last Sat 7.30pm

Poet in the City with Waterstones Piccadilly

A Poet in the City partnership with Waterstones bookshop, based in their flagship store in Piccadilly. Hosting some fantastic poets and performers, the Drop-ins are a chance to read your favourite poems, or your own poems, on a given theme each month. Informal and inclusive, the Drop-ins are open to everyone and free to attend. First Tuesday of every month.
If you would like to attend one, please RSVP by telephoning Waterstones on 020 7851 2419 or by emailing events@piccadilly.waterstones.co.uk. 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

PoetryFilm 

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. 
info@poetryfilm.org

The Poetry School 

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

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 info@charliewrights.com/ brixtonrenaissance@hotmail.com. Tel: 020 7490 8345/020 8674 2143. www.charliewrights.com 

Somerset House 

Hosts literary events: poetry & prose readings, & is home to the Royal Society of Literature, Strand, WC2R 1LA 
Info: www.somersethouse.org.uk 

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) www.southbankcentre.co.uk 

Southlands Poets. A new poetry circle for writers. readers and devotees of poetry in West Drayton, Hillingdon. Sessions will run on the second Thursday of each month, 8-10pm, and will include poetry writing exercises and inspiration, feedback sessions and poetry appreciation. Sessions £4 each. For more information, please contact Charlotte Baldwin: cbaldwin@hillingdon.gov.uk

Spread The Word 

Provides services & opportunities for writers of all levels at 77 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX 
Tel: 020 7735 3111 
info@spreadtheword.org.uk www.spreadtheword.org.uk 

Stark Gallery 

384-386 Lee High Road, Hither Green SE12 Contact Les/Keith. 
Tel: 0208 297 8279 
info@talllighthouse.co.uk www.tall-lighthouse.co.uk 

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 
stevejames.karmalife@virgin.net 

Sundays at the Oto 

Poetry & music on third Sunday of the month £4 3pm at Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 
Info: peter@greatworks.org.uk www.cafeoto.co.uk 

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 
info@hearingeye.org www.hearingeye.org www.torriano.org

Troubadour Coffee House  

265 Old Brompton Rd SW5 (Earls Court tube). Basement, no wheelchair access. Fortnightly readings, Mon, 8 £6.50/£5.50 Contact Anne-Marie Fyfe. 
Tel: 02083540660 
CoffPoetry@aol.com www.coffeehousepoetry.org www.annemariefyfe.com

Utter! Camden 

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

Waterstone's 

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 events@gowerst.waterstones.co.uk 

 

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Festivals

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 listings@poetrylondon.co.uk. 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.

SEPTEMBER

1-5. Battersea Literature Festival. Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN. Web: www.bac.org.uk. Tel: 020 7223 2223.

2-7. Nairn Book & Arts Festival. 53 King Street, Nairn, IV12 4NP. Email: enquiries@nairnfestival.co.uk. Email: nairnfestival.co.uk.

5-7. Festival No. 6. Portmeiron, Wales. Interdisciplinary festival with a poetry tent. Web: www.festivalnumber6.com.

13-28. Rye Festival. Tel: 07790 193000. Email: info@ryeartsfestival.co.uk. Web: www.ryefestival.co.uk.

12-14. Winchester Poetry Festival. Festival Hub: Winchester Discovery Centre. Email: hello@winchesterpoetryfestival.org. Web: www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org.

14-16. Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival. London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX. Tel: 020 8511 7900. Email:litfest@ljcc.org.uk. Web: www.hamhighlitfest.com.

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


OCTOBER

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

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

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Deadlines

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 listings@poetrylondon.co.uk. 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.

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 www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.

Closing date: 31st August 2014


SEPTEMBER

Flambard Poetry Prize

Inaugural prize in recognition of Flambard Press and founders Margaret and Peter Lewis, by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts. Awarded to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who as not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. £5 per group of five poems. Judges Peter Bennet and Gladys Mary Coles. More information and entry at www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions.

Closing date: 1st September 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. www.westhope.org.uk. Postal entries to Westhope College, Craven Arms SY7 9JL. Tel: 01584 861 293. Cheques please to ‘Westhope Charity’.

Closing date: 1st September 2014

Ealing Autumn Festival Poetry Competition

Judge: George Szirtes. There are two categories:  Category 1: adults (19 years and over). Category 2: 18 years & under. Subject for both categories: Constellations. Prizes: Category 1 - 1st prize £200, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50. Category 2 - 1st prize £85, 2nd prize £45, 3rd prize £20. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website. Winners will be announced and prizes presented by the judge at the Festival event on October 21st 7.30pm at Drayton Court Hotel, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, London W13 8PH. Entry Fees: Category 1: £5 for one poem, £2 for additional poems (maximum 4). Category 2:  first poem free, £2 for additional poems (maximum 4). Go to www.ealingautumnfestival.co.uk for further details and to download an entry form. Enquiries to info@ealingautumnfestival.co.uk or ring 020 8567 7623.

Closing date: 8th 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 www.poemsplease.me/. General enquiries: admin@poemsplease.me

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 www.indigodreams.co.uk/#/competition/4577197527. Postal submissions to: Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards, IDP, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, EX21 5UU

Closing date: 30th September 2014

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 comp@poetrykit.org after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org. First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website. Entry fees are as follows: 1 poem £3.50, 3 Poems £8.00, 5 poems £10 Details at www.poetrykit.org/comp2014.htm.

Closing date 30th September 2014


OCTOBER

Exiled Writers Ink Poetry Competition

For UK refugees, asylum seekers and exiles. Free entry. First prize: £250, plus assessment of winner's poetry collection by The Literary Consultancy. Second Prize: £100. Third Prize: £50. All winners receive free membership of Exiled Writers Ink for a year. Judged by Dajit Nagra, Michael Zand and Alev Adil. More info and entry on www.exiledwriters.co.uk.

Closing date: 8th October 2014

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014

Judged by Amy Wack & Neil Astley with both judges reading all poems. 1st prize £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500
plus 20 prizes of £25 each 
plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading for all prize-winning poets. Poems must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, and must fit on one side of one A4 or US-Letter-size page. Submission fees of £5/€6/$8 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); entries only included when payment received via either PayPal or cheque/money order: payable to Coffee-House Poetry. No entry form required. E-mail to CoffPoetry@aol.com or mail to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP. Full info and PayPal link at www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes/.

Closing date: 20th October 2014

National Poetry Competition

This year the judges are Glyn Maxwell, Roddy Lumsden and Zoë Skoulding and the prizes are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £100. The top three winners are also published in the Poetry Society's leading international journal, The Poetry Review. Enter online now or download an entry form from the Poetry Society website.

Closing date: 31st October 2014

Bare Fiction Prize 2014 

Bare Fiction Magazine’s inaugural Bare Fiction Prize with awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story with a total prize fund of £2500. All winners will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on the magazine’s website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in London in March 2015. Poetry judge: Adam Horowitz. Prizes (in each category) 1st Prize: £500, 2nd Prize: £200, 3rd Prize: £100, plus 4 Highly Commended Awards of £25. Cost per poetry entry: £5 / £3 for subscribers. For more details, including competition rules, visit www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions

Closing date: 31st October 2014


DECEMBER

The Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition

Prizes
: 1st – £500, 
2nd – £200
, 3rd – £100. Prizewinners and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a special prize reading, featuring our Judge, Ruth Padel, at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield Town on 7th February 2015. Open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. Entries should be sent to: Enfield Poets, The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS. 
All poems must have a title and must not exceed 50 lines in length. The entry fee is £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem. Prizewinners and commended poets will be notified by the middle of January 2015. Entry forms can be downloaded from the website (www.enfieldpoets.com).

Closing date: 1st Dec 2014

 

2015

FEBRUARY

With Words Summer Competition 

For haikus capturing the essence of Summer. Info and contact at http://area17.blogspot.com. Winners notified by end of April 2015. 1st prize £75. 2nd prize £50. Judge: Alan Summers.

Closing date: 15th February 2015

 

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