Tag Archives: The Poetry Society

Events Coming Up In February 2015

LONDON SE16: Lorraine Mariner

Date: Thursday 5 February, 2015
Time: 6pm-7pm
Price: FREE – no booking required
Venue address:
Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

LONDON NW1: Camden Poetry Series
Date: Friday 6 February, 2015
Time: 6:30 AM
Price: £5/£4
Venue address:
Buck St, Camden Town, London NW1 8NJ
Publicity material for this event says:

Ruth O’Callaghan presents Sound Crew: Judy Brown, Josh Ekroy, Jillian Fern, Val Fry, Abdul Jamal and Phil Ruthen.

Poets from the floor very welcome and please leave a poem to be considered for inclusion in the anthology.

LONDON: An International Poetry Event

Friday 6 February, 7.15pm – Friends Room, Hellenic Centre

An International Poetry Event combining work from British author and poet Alan Brownjohn and Greek-Cypriot poet George Tardios.

Alan Brownjohn is an established British poet and novelist and has worked extensively in Romania with the British Council. George Tardios has just completed his collection, Buttoned-up Shapes on characters from his mother’s village in Morphou, Cyprus.

Free entry but please confirm attendance on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org. Organised by the Hellenic Centre.

LONDON WC1: Disinformation Launch

Date: Friday 6 February, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Venue address:
LRB Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
Publicity material for this event says:

Frances Leviston will be launching her second collection of poems, Disinformation, with a reading and drinks reception at the LRB Bookshop 7-9pm on Friday 6th February 2015. All welcome. Tickets are free but must be booked through the website: http://lrb.me/1wVe0cm

Her first collection, Public Dream (2007) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize.


Contact: bookshop@londonreviewbookshop.co.uk

LONDON SE22: Four Next Generation Poets

Date: Tuesday 10 February, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Price: The event is free but booking is essential. Book your tickets by emailing: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk

Venue address:
Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, Dulwich SE22 8NB
Publicity material for this event says:

An evening of poetry with Jane Yeh, Rebecca Goss, Tara Bergin and Kei Miller.

Mondays 8-10 pm, £7 at THE TROUBADOUR

163-167 old Brompton Road, London SW5
Mon 9 Feb: Blake Morrison, Theo Dorgan, Mona Arshi, Marios Takoushis & Stuart Silver in what we should have said, an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig plus before the break… a selection of Troubadour International Poetry Prize Winners

Mon 23 Feb: an evening with John Montague: rare chance to hear major Irish poet John Montague reading & in-interview, with songs from world runners, Josie Frater & Steve Taylor

Writers’ Group Portfolio Meeting 28th October 2014

Presentation of the 2014 portfolio provided something of a reunion as we met and heard from many members who are unable to attend the Circle regularly. Alan, Wyn and Pat are still active writers and it was good to see Maggie, Anne Thomas and Barbara Smith. Poems read by writers and readers were often witty, sometimes poignant. Copies of the portfolio can be ordered from Janet Ryan, price £3 plus p&p.

“The writer’s intention hasn’t anything to do with what he achieves. The intent to earn money or the intent to be famous or the intent to be great doesn’t matter in the end. Just what comes out” Lillian Hellman.

October Poetry Events and Competitions  

    National Poetry Day

2nd October

Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society celebrate National Poetry Day.

from 1pm with Julia Donaldson, John Hegley, Daljit Nagra, Kei Miller,  Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and more.

The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall




The Pity: Modern Responses to War

Denise Riley, Steve Ely, Warsan Shire and Zaffar Kunial.

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

6pm  tickets £10



Michael Donaghy – A Celebration

Sean O’Brien, Jo Shapcott, Paul Farley, Don Paterson, Eva Salzman, Greta Stoddart, John Stammers and Adam O’Riordan, as well as Michael’s partner Maddy Paxman and son Ruairi.

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

8.15pm  tickets £1


Friday 3rd October

Camden Poetry Series

Clare Brant, Daniel Thomas Moran & Jacqueline Sapphra

Poets from the floor welcome.  6.30pm. Reading at 7. Entrance £5/4 Wine.

Camden, United Reform Church, 1 Buck St. 1-2 minutes from Camden Town tube   

Saturday 4th October

Enfield Poets Present:

The Kings Cross Group

Featuring: Danielle Hope, Wendy French, Martyn Crucefix, Mo Gallaccio, Diane Tang, and Lynne Hjelmsgaard.

+ Open Mic

The Dugdale Centre and Theatre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS

7.30pm. Tickets are £3.50/2.50 conc.


Tuesday 7th October

Beyond Words

Holly Hopkins & Ian McEwen

Plus open mic

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

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




Saturday 11th October

Poetry in the Crypt

Peter Daniels, Emily Jeremiah & Paul McLoughlin

Poets from the floor welcome

in the Crypt under St Mary’s Church St, Upper Street, Islington  N1 2TX

7.00 pm  Admission £4






Monday 13th October

Ken Champion & Juli Jana’s MORE POETRY

Maggie Sullivan

plus Open mic

+ Music by Tim and Mel


13 Leyden Street, E.C.2

Five minutes from Liverpool St. Stn.

7.15 pm   £1


Wednesday 15th October

Launch of South Poetry Magazine 50

readings from featured poets and our Profiled Poet, Peter Butler.

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, Convent Garden WC1

 7.30pm  Admission £3


Thursday 16th October

Launch of Two Chapbooks by Shearsman

juli Jana : ra-t (performance in three voices with musical background)

Patricia Debney: Gestation

Guest poets:  Jeff Hilson, Antony John

The Poetry Café, Betterton Street, Covent Gardens London

Time 6.45 for 7.15   ALL WELCOME





Saturday 18th October

Gerard Manley Hopkins in Liverpool

A study day for fans of Gerard Manley Hopkins run by the Hopkins Society

11.30am Lecture ‘Hopkins as Theologian’ by Prof Nicholas Sagovsky, former Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, preceded by the Society’s AGM at 10.30

The Grace Room, The Cornerstone Building, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, L3 8QB

Followed in the afternoon by a visit to St Francis Xavier Church where Hopkins was Curate to hear the poems he wrote there

£10 – £7.50 Society members – £5 students, payable on the day. To reserve places: lore.chumbley@talktalk.net or tel 020-7731 6544


Sunday 19 October

Word Games

Linda Black, Yvonne Green, Eve Grubin, Jude Rosen and Leah Thorn.

Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London NW1 7NB

2.30pm  Price: £7.50 (includes museum admission)


Wednesday 22nd October

Poetry at Lauderdale House

Helen Burke, Steve Ely, Norbert Hirschhorn, Cheryl Moskowitz, Nigel Pantling, Roisin Tierney.

Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG

Ph: 020-8348 8716

Time: 8pm; Tickets £5.00 (Concessions: £3.00)



Saturday 25th October

Jill Abram present

The Out Of Towners Shuffle

featuring Jo Bell, Kim Moore, Hilda Sheehan, Elizabeth Dorfman, Joey Connolly and Andrew Smardon

The Poetry Café, Betterton St, Convent Garden WC1

Entry £6/4    Refreshments from bar

7.30 – 9.30



The Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition 2014

Judge: Ruth Padel

Prizes 1st – £500 2nd – £200 3rd – £100

Closing date 1st December 2014.

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.


8th annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize

£5000 top prize (sponsored by Cegin Productions)

twenty-two more prizes totalling £2,000 plus Troubadour season tickets;

every poem is read by both our distinguished poetry-editor judges, Neil Astley & Amy Wack, no sifters, no shortlisters

Closing date Mon day 20th October

prize-winners reading – the chance to read your prize-winning poem at the Troubadour alongside Neil, Amy & your fellow prize-winner poets at our (Dec 1st) prize-celebration;

going forward – the top three poems are forwarded annualy to ‘the Forward’: Tim Nolan, our 2012 3rd-prize-winner, is now on the five-poet shortlist for 2014 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem

Enter by e-mail or post, full details http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes/