January 2015 Poetry Listings

Tuesday, 6th January

Beyond Words

Stephen Watts & Jane Grell

Plus open mic

The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY

Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 start.   Entry  £4 / £3concs.


Friday 9th January 

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents 

Overstep Poets

Poets from the Floor Very Welcome

Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck St, Camden Town

7.00p.m.(doors open 6.30) Entrance £5/£4         Wine

Sunday January 11th

TS Eliot Prize Readings

Royal Festival Hall 7pm.

There are still a few tickets left for a spellbinding evening of readings with the best poets of 2014. Ian Mcmillan introduces each poet.


Tuesday January 20th   

Ruth O’Callaghan presents SHOESTRING POETS

John Levitt, Nigel Pantling & Rennie Parker

Poets from the floor very welcome.

LUMEN   88 Tavistock Place W.C.1

6.30  Entrance £5/£4        WINE


Thursday 29th. January

7.00pm to 9.00pm

The London Review Bookshop 14 Bury Place London WC1A 2JL

The Poetry Society presents The Poetry Review winter launch, with readings from contributors Daisy Behagg, Amy Key and Matthew Sweeney, hosted by editor Maurice Riordan.

Join us to celebrate the latest edition of the acclaimed poetry magazine.


Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Email marketing@poetrysociety.org.uk

Saturday 31st January 

Guest hosts Chris Beckett and Valerie Josephs present


Martha Kapos, Jo Roach and John Clegg

with Denise Saul, Matthew Brown, Lizzie Horsley and Richard Osmond

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BX

7.30 – 9.30 pm  Entry £6/4    Refreshments from bar


Benchmark Creative Writing Competition

First Prize is a solid Iroko Dalton 3 seater (1500cm) hardwood bench with personalised plaque and delivery within the UK.  Kindly donated by Faithful & Gould, Victory Signs and Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture.

Second Prize is a Kindle kindly donated by David Ridley

Third Prize is a £30 book token kindly donated by Rachel Cochrane

Closing date 19th January

All winning entries will also be showcased in written form on rachelcochrane.com

Judges Wendy Robertson, Writer and Workshop Leader, Dr Philip Le Dune, General Practitioner, Sue Spencer, Writer and Head of Clinical Services, Willow Burn Hospice

This national competition is open to all adults (18+) in the UK, so if you’ve never written creatively before – why not give it a try?

There will be an entry fee of £5 with 40% of that donated to Willow Burn Hospice.

full details http://www.rachelcochrane.com/about-benchmark-writing-comp/ 

Camden/Lumen Competition: Judge George Szirtses.

 Prize: 50 perfect bound copies of your poems. 

Closing date 14th February 2015. 

Fee: £2.50 per poem or 6 poems £10. 

Cheques made out to Caris Camden and sent to Ruth O’Callaghan,      

49 Ripley Gardens, Mortlake, London SW14 8HF or see http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk/ 

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 adjudicated by Martyn Crucifix. 

We accept unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. 

First Prize £250. 00, Second Prize £150. 00, Third Prize £75.00. 

Cheques  payable to the Torriano Support Fund. (Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebrations on 29th March, 2015.

Name, address, phone number and titles on separate sheet. No entry form required.

£3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five..

Entries to Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA.

Enquiries June.english@outlook.com.

Closing date  30th January, 2015.





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