Poem Talk on Sean Bonney’s Happiness

The 122nd monthly episode of the podcast series “PoemTalk”—a discussion of Sean Bonney’s “Happiness” with Stephen Willey, Anna Strong Safford, and Luke Roberts.

You can subscribe to PoemTalk through iTunes — or here.

Crater – Ian Davidson reading

On the 20th of March at 19.30, upstairs at the Dog House pub in Kennington, SE11 6BY, Ian Davidson will read from his recent Crater pamphlet Gateshead and Back alongside readings by Caitlín Doherty, James Goodwin and Ed Luker. Come along!

It will be something of a belated launch for this:

Crater 39: September 2017. Ian Davidson’s Gateshead and Back, Volume II of the Tyne and Wear Poems. Three colour, risograph, 18pp., original photography by Lara Pearson, design by Vadim Gershman, £8 + p&p. (Run of 100)

The Tyne and Wear Poems are here and there and often both at the same time. They look different from over here and from over there. Volume 1 of the Tyne and Wear Poems was about getting to know the urban landscape of Newcastle and Volume 3 was about repeated journeys that wore down the moving figure and the thing moved through on repeated journeys over old familiar ground. Volume 2, Gateshead and Back, is about the many connections that the people of Gateshead might have around the world. It came together in a Tyneside flat in the Avenues, with a sink hole appearing just across the road. The poems and images say things about actual and imagined movement through the connections many people might have. Gateshead and Back enjoys mainly unstable ground.

Reading will entail a £5/£3 donation to venue costs.

10 years of if p then q

Another big night in the not too distant future from James Davies’ publishing house if p then q. Wang it in your diary.

if p then q 10 years poster


European Poetry Festival


April 5th to April 14th 2018
over 50 poets from 24 European nations
9 events in 10 days


Programme  Click the event for further information : All events are free to attend

April Thursday 5th : European Poetry at Writers’ Centre Kingston : Rose Theatre
Opening the festival by the River Thames with readings from nearly a dozen European poets.

April Saturday 7th : The European Camarade : Rich Mix
The grand event of the festival. 30 poets in 15 pairs present brand new collaborations made for the night.

April Sunday 8th : Performance Literature & Sound Poetry : Parasol Unit
Celebrating innovation in live literature with new solo performances by a dozen of Europe’s most considerable avant-garde poets.

April Monday 9th : Lithuanian Poetry in collaboration : The Poetry Cafe
Lithuanian and British poets collaborate and share new works at the home of The Poetry Society in London, joined by many other festival poets.

April Tuesday 10th : Versopolis poets in focus : London Bookfair
Lithuanian and British poets celebrate the pan-European poetry platform and review, Versopolis.

April Wednesday 11th : Polyphonic at Romanian Cultural Institute
A multimedia poetry show celebrating the Centenary of Greater Romania with readings by ten of the most talented Romanian poets.

April Thursday 12th : Austrian Poetry in collaboration : Austrian Cultural Forum
Austrian and British poets collaborate and share new works just off Hyde Park in the heart of London, joined by many other festival poets

April Friday 13th : The European Camarade in Liverpool
The festival leaves London and presents a night of new collaborations between poets local to Liverpool and those visiting from across Europe.

April Saturday 14th : The European Camarade in Middlesbrough : MIMA
The festival closes in the North East of England, where once more European poets will present collaborations with their English counterparts, many local to the area.

Poets presenting at the festival in 2018 :
Max Hofler, Daniela Chana, Robert Prosser (Austria), Damir Sodan (Croatia), Tomas Pridal (Czech Republic), Helianne Kallio (Finland), Iris Colomb (France), Rike Scheffler, Dagmara Kraus (Germany), Theodoros Chiotis, Astra Papachristodoulou, Katerina Koulouri (Greece), Erik Lindner, Hannah van Binsbergen (Holland), Kinga Toth, Orsolya Fenyvesi, George Szirtes (Hungary), Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland), Christodoulos Makris, Ailbhe Darcy (Ireland), Alessandro Burbank, Livia Franchini, Serena Braida, Giovanna Coppola (Italy), Sergej Timofejev, Inga Pizane (Latvia), Aušra Kaziliūnaitė, Marius Burokas, Giedrė Kazlauskaitė (Lithuania), Jon Ståle Ritland, Endre Ruset, Henriette Hjorthen Støren, Vilde Valerie Torset (Norway), Simona Nastac (Romania), Olga Kolesnikova (Russia), Colin Herd (Scotland), Ana Seferovic (Serbia), Martin Solotruk (Slovakia), Muanis Sinanovic (Slovenia), Daniele Pantano (Switzerland), Anastasia Mina (Cyprus) Harry Man, John Clegg, Jen Calleja, SJ Fowler, Helen Michael, Simon Pomery (UK) and more…

European Poetry Festival is curated by SJ Fowler




Chris McCabe – The Nevermore: In Search of the Lost Poets of Abney Park

The Nevermore:
In Search of the Lost Poets
of Abney Park
Wednesday 21st March 7.30pm

To celebrate World Poetry Day, Poet and writer Chris McCabe turns the focus of his ongoing project about the Magnificent Seven cemeteries to the natural non-conformist landscape for poets: Abney Park Cemetery. Author of In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead CemeteryMcCabe will present accounts of the dead and read a mix of poems from the poets he’s discovered along his journey so far, including those buried in Abney Park. You’ll hear about the poet-couple George Linnaeus Banks and Isabella Varley Banks and Emily Bowes, whose final words were “I shall walk with him in white”. The event will end with a Q and A and a chance to buy McCabe’s cemetery books.

To be held inside Abney Park’s chapel.

Please arrive at the main gates on Stoke newington High St between 7 & 7.20pm

18yrs and over.

Tickets: Full £12 / Conc £10
Book here

020 7275 7557


Surrey Poetry Festival 2018

Early notice of this event which is organised by The Other Room’s James Davies,  current Poet in Residence at the university. The day will feature a number of amazing poets. Get the date in your head now! Guildford is just 30 minutes from London Waterloo. More on where  and how to buy tickets soon but should be around £5.

Surrey Poetry Festival V 1


derek beaulieu in Leeds

As part of the INSIDE/OUT lecture series Derek Beaulieu delivers his talk, Making Nothing from Nothing.

14th March, Leeds Beckett University, 1.30-3

More details HERE