Peter Barlow’s Cigarette 23 – O’Sullivan, Thorogood, Williams, Matsumoto

Peter Barlow’s Cigarette #23 – ft. Lila Matsumoto, Maggie O’Sullivan, Luke Thorogood, Chrissy Williams


An afternoon of alternative poetries
Saturday, June 24, 4.00 – 6.00, Waterstones, Deansgate
Free entry, free wine


’s publications include Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press). Lila’s poetry and criticism have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies including Jacket2, Tripwire, Zarf, and Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. She has performed at places such as SoundEye Festival and Little Sparta garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay. Lila teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham, where she she convenes the Nottingham Poetry Series:

‘s page at Pennsound ( is a primary resource for online recordings of her readings/performances. Her website is

writes about and through the ‘other’, using created characters to explore voice and form. He previously edited Three and a half point 9, and is currently the artwork editor for the Black Market Review. He is completing a masters in Creative Writing at Edge Hill, focusing on writing as created poets. He writes and creates for, along with a group of other writers, part of The Pollyverse, a multimedia extended story world around the adventures of Polly St. Irene.

is a poet and editor living in London. She has published various poetry pamphlets and her first full collection BEAR has just been published by Bloodaxe. She is director of the annual Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair and currently works as editor on the bestselling comic The Wicked + The Divine.

Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair

Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair offers equal space to all exhibiting publishers, whether small or large, from pamphlets to anthologies, in all styles of writing, in order to give the public a chance to explore everything that contemporary poetry publishing has to offer, all under one roof. Free verse is organised by Chrissy Williams and Joey Connolly.

This year’s event is on Saturday 17th September at Conway Hall, London and the programme is out now, giving details of participants and readings.

Proms Extra Lates: Chrissy Williams

LONDON SW7: Proms Extra Lates: Chrissy Williams

Date: Wednesday 7 September, 2016
Time: 10:00 PM
Price: Free, but book tickets in advance.
Venue address:
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP

Publicity material for this event says:

BBC Proms Extra, in association with The Poetry Society, presents a series of late-night events at the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall pairing musicians with poets. Hosted by Georgia Mann, and then broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The poet featured at this event will be Chrissy Williams.

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance from the Royal Albert Hall website.


Event website

Poetry and Comics with Chrissy Williams, A Poetry School course

Poetry and Comics

Have fun approaching the page in a new way at this all-day workshop with poet and poetry comics anthology editor Chrissy Williams. The morning will start with an introduction to the subject, followed by lots of writing and visual exercises, culminating in an afternoon of cutting, pasting, doodling and poeming. All materials supplied. No art skills required! This workshop will accompany the Over the Line poetry comics exhibition at the Poetry Café (1 Sept – 31 Oct), which you’ll also have a chance to explore on the day. More poetry comics at Workshop in association with the Poetry Society. (The workshop will be on the ground floor and in the basement at the Poetry Cafe, not in the studio as stated in the printed programme. Both the ground floor and the basement are wheelchair accessible.)


11am – 5pm

Type: Workshop
Level: Open to all
Location: London


Date: Saturday 5th Sep 2015
Time: 11am – 5pm
Full cost:£72.00


Poetry Comic Books Exhibition launch

Poetry Comic Books Exhibition
At The Poetry Library, Southbank
Tuesday 12th May, 7.30

Join us at this opening event to view the new Poetry Comics exhibition, drink some wine, and contribute to the exhibition with your own poetry comics made on the evening.

The exhibition invites you to explore the world of Poetry Comics (from 12th May – 12th July) with items from The Saison Poetry Library collection and beyond.

This terrain, in which word and image meet, can be seen as building upon the tradition of Blake’s Illuminated Books and making it new. Includes works on display from Kenneth Koch, Joe Brainard and Bianca Stone and a range of reading copies of books including Howl: A Graphic Novel by Eric Drooker and Allen Ginsberg and Beowulf Cartoon by Mike Weller.

Admission is free. To book your place email:

if p then q Christmas sale now on

The if p then q Christmas sale is now on. All books below are available via Lulu with decent postage rates overseas. The more you buy the less the postage!  See if p then q – for more details on the titles

David Berridge, Bring the Thing – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Lucy Harvest Clarke, Silveronda – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Derek Henderson, Thus & – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, A Priori – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, (*) Star – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, Items – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Holly Pester, Hoofs – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

seekers of lice, Encyclops. – WAS £4.00 NOW £3.20 LINK

Philip Terry, Advanced Immorality – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Chrissy Williams, Epigraphs WAS £4.00 NOW £3.20 LINK

Other Room reader Chrissy Williams will be reading with Richard Scott at Waterstones, 68-69 Hampstead High St, London, NW3 1QP. 7 PM start. Tickets £3 with a Waterstones card (or £5 without). Wine provided. To book, call in the store or telephone on 020 7794 1098.