Bedford Square 7 Launch Party!

Bedford SquareBedford Square 7 is out now, with poetry and fiction from Royal Holloway Creative Writing MA students. There will be a launch reading and party to celebrate on Thursday 27th March at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, Acton St, London. The evening kicks off at 6pm with readings from 6.30pm, everyone is welcome!

Bedford Square 7 features poems by: Charlotte Attkinson, Claire Dryer, Holly Hopkins, Jan Heritage, Lucy Mercer, Susan Sheridan and Tara Siddel.

It also features fiction by Adrian Hornsby, Alexandra Cannon, Amelie Skoda, Anne Bayley, Arike Oke, Belinda Buckley, Kate Williams, Meade Carey, Miriam Tareen, Ray Wood, Ross Mallin, Sandra Walmsley, and Yosola Olorunshola.

You can buy copies from Ward Wood Publishing.

Broadcast’s Summer Season: The Ventriloquists

The City Pride FarringdonThe days of hot city sun are on us, it’s time to head to the pub for cold drinks and great poetry with Broadcast’s Summer Season. I’ll be reading in the second event, The Ventriloquists, at The City Pride on Thursday 18th July, from 19.30pm.

The night will feature short sets from nine poets. My wonderful fellow readers will be: Amy Key, Barbara Barnes, Sarah Wedderburn, Ian Cartland, Rebecca Perry, Roddy Lumsden, John Clegg and Nicola Gledhill.

The event is free but there will be a hat passed round for the reader’s drinks. Come join us at The City Pride, Farringdon Lane, London, EC1R 3AU.

Songs of Innocence and Experience: Free workshop at the Southbank Centre

The Sick Rose William BlakeCome join me for a free William Blake themed workshop and a chance to perform on Sunday 14th July as part of Southbank Centre’s From Lambeth With Love weekend.

It’s an intergational workshop aimed at mixing up different age groups, so the Southbank Centre are looking for participants who are either in their twenties, or younger, or aged 50+ if you fit into one of those age groups it would be great to see you there!

It’s a reading, writing and performance workshop, from 10.30am – 3.30pm on Sunday 14 July, which will culminate in a performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Front Room. This intergenerational workshop will offer participants the opportunity to explore Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, read them aloud, and write new poems inspired by Blake’s, which will then be performed to an audience.

If you would like to be involved and are available for the workshop and performance, please email Holly Hunter at Southbank Centre: holly.hunter@southbankcentre.co.uk. Please note, there is limited availability and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Poetry Trust Reading at the Bush Theatre

I’m ridiculously excited to be reading at the Bush Theatre on Wednesday 8th May as part of the Poetry Trust’s Awesome Foursome alongside Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort and Katrina Naomi.

Poetry Trust's Awesome Foursome: Holly Hopkins, Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort, Katrina Naomi
Poetry Trust’s Awesome Foursome: (clockwise from top left) Holly Hopkins, Hannah Lowe, Katrina Naomi and Helen Mort

I’ll be reading alongside: 

Hannah Lowe – Essex-born and has lived in London, Brighton and California. Her debut pamphlet The Hitcher recently followed by acclaimed first collectionChick (Bloodaxe 2013). Arresting and evocative stories.

Katrina Naomi – Born Margate, lives South London. Prize-winning pamphlet followed by first collection The Girl with the Cactus Handshake. First writer-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Entertaining, risky and fresh.

Helen Mort – Sheffield-born, Derbyshire-based. Foyle Young Poet (five times). Recent poet-in-residence at The Wordsworth Trust. Two pamphlets already and a first collection this year – Division Street (Chatto and Windus). Formal skill, honest compassion.

The Bush Theatre is near Shepard’s Bush Tube in West London.
Box Office 020 8743 5050
Book online via the Bush Theatre Box Office

Tickets £12 and I’ve been warned that there’s only forty-eight seats available so do book in advance!

Dear World & Everyone In It

Dear World and Everyone In It - New Poetry In The UKDear World & Everyone In It is the new anthology from Bloodaxe. It seeks to showcase the “most talented and interesting young poets” from the UK and I was thrilled when I found out I’d been included.

There will be a London launch for the book at the Poetry Library, Thursday 24th January, complete with complimentary wine and lots of lovely poets. The event is free but you do have to book by contacting the Poetry Library.

Hope to see you there!

More Poetry’s 7th Birthday

I’m reading alongside Les Robinson to help celebrate seven years of Ken Champion & Juli Jana’s More Poetry at The Coffee Shop. Join us for poetry readings, wood roasted coffee, live music and an open mic to round off the night.

Join us 7.15pm on Monday 3rd December at The Coffee Shop, 13 Leyden Street. Admission £1.

Directions: Five minutes from Liverpool Street Station, next to the Aqua Deli. Cross Bishopsgate from main entrance, turn left, then right into Middlesex Street. Take the 3rd left down Strype Street, this will become Leyden St.

Folklore Fest Unplugged at the Gallery Café

Folklore Fest UnpluggedI’ll be reading at Folklore Fest Unplugged this Saturday 4th August, a day full of fun, food, drink, poetry and some amazing unplugged live music in the gardens and chapel of The Gallery Cafe/St Margaret’s House in Bethnal Green. The day kicks off at 12.30am and runs until 6.30pm, I’ll be reading at 4.10pm.

Other acts include Thomas J Speigh, Andy Oliveri, Zoe Nicol, Chris Wolf, Ben Williams and Sophie Jamieson. Entry is free.