Shearsman Reading - Hjelmgaard & Zand (7th Dec)

Tuesday 7th December, 7.30pm
  • Lynne Hjelmgaard
  • Michael Zand
Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH

free admission. mince pies rumoured.

Keston Sutherland, Pat Thomas, Martin Hackett - Oxford, Tonight

via Openned

15th December - Tiplady & De'Ath Launch

LONDON – Wednesday 15th December 2010:

Book Launch: Zam Bonk Dip (Tiplady) and Erec & Enide (De’Ath), both from Salt Publishing. With a video performance by Kristen Kreider and James O’Leary.

The Old Red Lion, 42 Kennington Park Road SE11 4RS.

Nearest tube Kennington.
Entrance free. Kick-off 19.30.

CRS 9: Keston Sutherland & Tom Leonard - Tonight

Cambridge Reading Series: #9

Keston Sutherland & Tom Leonard

Tonight, 7.30pm
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge
(there's free wine, but someone best remember to bring a corkscrew)

The Situation Room - Nov Sats #4 - 27th

Saturday 27th November, 7.30pm
  • Jennifer Cooke
  • Chris Goode
  • Jeremy Hardingham
  • Jonny Liron
  • Andrew Oliveira
  • Nat Raha
  • Steve Willey
Plus collaborative performance from Chris Goode, Jeremy Hardingham, Jonny Liron and Andrew Oliveira.

7 Fountayne Rd, Tottenham, London N15

Admission is free. Full information about the Situation Room, with Maps & all, at

Tiplady & De'Ath Salt Books Launch - Wednesday 15th December

Jonty Tiplady & Amy De’Ath
with Kristen Kreider & James O’Leary

Book Launch: Zam Bonk Dip (Tiplady) and Erec & Enide (De’Ath), both from Salt Publishing. With a video performance by Kristen Kreider and James O’Leary.

The Old Red Lion, 42 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4RS.

Nearest tube Kennington.
Entrance free. Kick-off 19.30.

The Situation Room - November Saturdays #3 (20th)

Saturday 20th November, 7.30pm
  • Emily Critchley
  • Edmund Hardy
  • Jeff Hilson
  • Francesca Lisette
  • Linus Slug
  • Steve Willey

Plus collaborative performance from Jonny Liron and Francesca Lisette.

7 Fountayne Rd, Tottenham, London N15

Admission is free. Full information about the Situation Room, with Maps & all, at

3am magazine & the Maintenant: ýr skáldskapur (27th Nov)

3am magazine & the Maintenant series presents: nýr skáldskapur
Icelandic & British poetry in collaboration

a Free Poetry Reading at the Rich mix centre, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London . E1 6LA

Saturday November 27th - 7pm

• Iain Sinclair & Ragnhildur Jóhanns

• Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl & Stewart Home

• Scott Thurston & Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir

• Jón Örn Loðmfjörð & Tom Jenks

A truly unique evening of poetry will see the culmination of a rare and powerful collaboration between four of the most exciting new poetic talents emerging from the nation of Iceland and four of the UK's most lauded and iconoclastic writers, the fruit of a project instigated by the 3am magazine Maintenant interview series.

email for inquiries

Small Publishers Fair - 12th & 13th November

Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November 2010

Open 11am to 7pm each day - with readings throughout Saturday.

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

admission free,  full details of publishers present &readings here.

The Situation Room - November Saturdays #2 (13th)

Saturday 13th November, 7.30pm
  • Amy De'Ath
  • Elizabeth Guthrie
  • S. Kelly
  • Frances Kruk
  • Johanna Linsley
  • Marianne Morris
  • Sophie Robinson
Plus collaborative performance from Marianne Morris and The Ventriloquent Agitators

7 Fountayne Rd, Tottenham, London N15

Admission is free. Full information about the Situation Room, with Maps & all, at

Salt Crashaw and Scott Prize Winners Book Launch - 11th November

Thursday 11th November, 7.30 - 10.30pm
  • Andrew Pidoux
  • Nick Potamitis
  • Susannah Rickards
  • Jonty Tiplady
  • Ryan Van Winkle
  • Anna Woodford
The Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London WC2H 0DT

via Openned

POLYply.5 - Fear - 11th November

21st October - PtM

The Scottish Writers' Centre presents Poems for the Millennium Volume 3, The University of California Book of Romantic & Post Romantic Poetry, Winner of the 2010 American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation.

Thursday 21 October, 7pm. The Clubroom, Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD.

Editors Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey C. Robinson will be joined by Scottish poets Aonghas Macneacail, Gerrie Fellows, Tom Leonard, Peter Manson, Jane Goldman reading selections from Poems for The Millennium Vol. 3.

Latin American Poetry Multilingual Reading and Booklaunch - 20th October

Co-sponsored by the Native Spirit Festival and the Poetics Centre at Birkbeck College.

On Wednesday 20th October at 7.30 pm in Room 421, Birkbeck College, Main Building, followed by a reception.

Cecilia Vicuña will be presenting the recently published Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry in Translation. One of the editors of the book, Cecilia Vicuña is a highly respected Chilean poet, performer, and filmmaker. She will be showing a short film of the visual poetry included in the book and reading her work and work by other poets.

Readers from English: Sean Bonney, Ruth Fainlight, Harry Gilonis, Frances Kruk, Stephen Mooney, James O’Hern, William Rowe
Readers from Spanish: Cecilia Vicuña, Albert Pellicer
From Quechua: Cecilia Vicuña
From Latin: Harry Gilonis

The anthology is distinguished from previous anthologies by the inclusion of visual poetry, of native language poetry in Nahuatl, Mapuche, Quechua, Guaraní and Maya, and of avant-gardist poetry, as well as of poetry from the colonial period. It is by far the best anthology available.

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Other Events

Cecilia Vicuña is presenting her film Kon Kon (54 mins) at the Native Spirit Festival on Wednesday 13th October at 7.40 pm at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

The Native Spirit Festival is hosting a poetry reading by Albert Pellicer, Stephen Watts, William Rowe and Cecilia Vicuña at 6.30 pm on Thursday 21st October pm at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Xing the Line - October 13th

William IV, 7 Shepherdess Walk, Shoreditch, London N1 7QE. Wednesday October 13, 7.30. Nearest tube Old Street.

Take exit 1 out of Old Street station and walk up City Road, turning right into Shepherdess Walk at The Eagle. The William IV is a couple of minutes up the road, on the left.

Laurie Duggan, Susana Gardner, Simon Smith.

Laurie Duggan's The Epigrams of Martial is a new and revised edition of the book published by Scripsi in 1989. Peter Craven describes Duggan's MARTIAL as "sensuous, streamlined, and thoroughly unsavoury" and Hugh Kenner called the translations "remarkable." Poet August Kleinzahler contributed an Afterword to this edition.

Susana Gardner’s [lapsed insel weary]: "As the title suggests this is a sequence of articulations on the enduring themes of loss, separation, and messy love: love is always messy. But Gardner does not indulge in the easy clichés of introspection or confession: here she conjures up an hypnotic, somnambulistic symphony of exquisite desolation. 'No man is an island' wrote John Donne but Gardner knows that is only a half truth, especially if you are a woman. Against a backdrop of the sea the breaking waters of waves and birth crash through these pages with a contradictory melancholic joy. Her island is inescapable but it has a bird and it is shot through with the vitality of colour and the colour of tenacious life. Disturbingly beautiful." --Geraldine Monk

London Bridge, Simon Smith’s fourth collection of poetry, is an accessible, funny and immediate book of poems about life in the City amidst the contingent camera-shake and confusions of the everyday. The book concentrates on the experience of living in London – a book which is accessible, contemporary and sassy.

That’s right – sassy.

Crater Autumn Event - Tuesday 12th October

Tuesday 12th October, 7 - 11pm

Crater Press's autumn list will be launching at this event. Featuring readings by:

* Tim Atkins
* Sean Bonney
* Elizabeth Guthrie
* Justin Katko
* Michael Kindellan

The Old Red Lion, 42 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4RS

via Openned

SJ Fowler launch reading - Wednesday 6th October

Wednesday 6th October, 7pm

A launch of five SJ Fowler publications by four presses:

* Saint Augustine of Hippo, and Antonio Margarito, by The Arthur Shilling Press
* Animal Husbandry, by Kitt Press
* Arthur Abraham, by Knives, Forks & Spoons Press
* Klitschko, by zimZalla

The event will feature a 40 minute reading from S J Fowler and a sales table with work from the list of each of the presses.

Soho Curzon cinema, Mezzanine bar, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY

Admission is free.

The Other Room - October 6th and 19th

Two events in October:

October 6th
The Old Abbey Inn, 61 Pencroft Way, Manchester, M15 6AY. 7pm. Free admission.

Adrian Clarke
Steve Willey
Emily Critchley

October 19th
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Cambridge Street, Manchester. 6pm start. Free admission.

Jerome Rothenberg
Allen Fisher
Maggie O'Sullivan

PLUS launch of the third volume of the University of California's Poems for the Millennium co-edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey Robinson.


Xing The Line - 22nd Sept

Wednesday 22nd September, 7.30pm

To try out the new venue, Sean Bonney & Jeff Hilson will walk the planks of the upstairs room, and read.

William IV, 7 Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7QE. Nearest tube Old Street.
No eye patches.

Torianno Meeting House - events in September

September 2010

5th Ruth Valentine, Jacob Lewis and David Gilbert, introduced by Andrew Marstrand

12th Fran McMahon and Karina Vidler, introduced by Lisa Kelly

19th Mimi Khalvati

26th Fraser Southey and Joe Cullen, introduced by Roy Lockett

October 2010

3rd Martin Lyon and others, introduced by Chris Gutkind

Unless stated, all readings start at 7.30pm and take place at 99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX - nearest tube Kentish Town - Admission £5/£3 (according to pocket). Poets from the floor welcome

Further details at

Anna Mendelssohn & Grace Lake Celebration - 15th Sept

Wednesday 15th September, 6 - 9pm

There will be readings from among others:

• Sean Bonney
• Chloe Harries
• Jane Liddell-King
• Ian Patterson
• Frances Presley
• Barry Schwabsky

Council Room, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1

Admission is free, all welcome. Please contact Carol Watts if you are planning to attend or would like to read.

3am Magazine's Maintenant presents New Norwegian Poetry - 25th Sept

Ny Poesi: 3am magazine's Maintenant interview series presents New Norwegian Poetry
Saturday September 25th

Jenny Hval 
Endre Ruset
Paal Bjelke Andersen
Audun Mortensen
at the Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

7pm - entrance free to all

Jenny Hval - Audun Mortensen - Endre Ruset - Paal Bjelke Andersen
via SJ Fowler

The Blue Bus - 14th September

The Blue Bus - Tuesday 14th September :

Ken Edwards & Harry Gilonis

The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1
Admissions £5 / £3 (conc.), 7.30pm sharp

POLYply 3 : in response to the work of Emily Dickinson - 9th Sept

POLYply 3: A certain slant of light : in response to the work of Emily Dickinson

• Readings by Amy De'Ath, Lucy Sheerman, Harry Gilonis and Prudence Chamberlain

• Antoine Beuger's Landscapes of Absence, performed by Tim Parkinson, Angharad Davies, David Stent and Dominic Lash (music), Carol Watts (voice), with video by Els van Riel

• Video by Kristen Kreider, shot at Dickinson's home in Amherst, Massachusetts

• Book art by Susan Johanknecht

Thursday 9 September, 7pm.
Free entry, all welcome.

Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9NG.

Robert Fitterman & Kim Rosenfield - Monday 23rd August

Robert Fitterman and Kim Rosenfield are reading on Monday August 23rd 7.30pm in the Council Room, Birkbeck College (Main Building).
Voluntary contribution: £5 waged & £3 unwaged.

The Blue Bus - 17th August

Tuesday 17th August, 7,30pm

Adrian Clarke
Wayne Clements
Michael Zand

The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1
Admissions £5 / £3 (conc.)

The Situation Room - Saturday 7th August

following the openned table on saturday:

The Situation Room, London N15.
8pm sharp, free admission.

Alex Davies
Stephen Emmerson
Elizabeth Guthrie
Antony John
Joseph Luna
Sammy Solomon
Timothy Thornton
Steve Willey
....possibly more

Jonny Liron

Keston Sutherland at the Parasol Unit, 29th July

The Parasol Unit Readings Series continues on Thursday, 29 July at 7 pm with a reading by Keston Sutherland.

Parasol Unit is located at 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW, between Old Street and Angel tube stations. More information at

The Parasol Unit Readings Series is organized by Barry Schwabsky. The readings are free to the public.

Veer Launch at Birkbeck - Saturday 24th July

The launch of Out To Lunch 'Smooch Tentet Resolve' and Cris Paul 'stenia cultus handbook'.

Saturday 24th July, 7pm

The Council Room, Birkbeck College Main Building, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square)

Admission is free, all welcome.

23rd July - Lisa Jarnot in London

a slightly last minute reading on Friday 23rd July, 7.30pm:


at The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1
nearest tube is Russell Square

Openned Book Table #2 + Readings - 7th August

The Openned Book Table at Cafe 1001, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
runs from 12 - 4 pm

Books on sale from many Small Press Publishers.

Readings from:
Stephen Emmerson
Timothy Thornton
Richard Parker
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Jonny Liron
Joseph Luna
Luke Roberts (tbc)
plus more tbc

for a full list of publishers and contributors, click here

Entry Fee = one book to donate to the Cafe 1001 Book Shelf. This is a real must. We wan't to help disseminate good poetry within London.

If you are a poet, member of the public, or a publisher, and want to sell books on the book table please get in touch prior to the event via:

Little Episodes will be running an event at the venue from 4 - 7 pm.

Openned Press Launch - Richard Parker's from The Mountains of California - 18th August

Launch of Richard Parker's book from The Mountain Of California, from the new Openned Press.

Richard Parker
Tim Atkins
Michael Kindellan
Linus Slug

plus Live Music.

Wednesday 18th August at Carnivale, 2 White Church Lane, Whitechapel, London E1 7QR (map)

7.30pm, Free Entry.

Openned Press is run by Alex Davies, Amy De'Ath, Steve Willey. For more information click here.

XING THE LINE - Tuesday 13th July

Sina Queyras, Michael J Weller & Michael Zand

Tuesday July 13, 7.30pm. The Leather Exchange, Leathermarket Street, London Bridge. £5, £3.

As some of you will already know, this will be the last Xing the Line at The Leather Exchange. Fine Dining has finally killed Poetry! Over the summer we will be looking for a new venue.

via Hilson.

Chlorine Reading 21st July



A night of poetry and performance from:


at Coachwerks, Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton BN1 7HB
Entry: £3 unwaged, £5 waged
Arrive for 8pm start

if p then q book launches - 23rd June, Manchester

f p then q book launches

@ Odder Bar
14 Oxford Road (opposite The BBC), Manchester, UK
Wednesday, 23rd June 2010
6.30 pm [1:30 pm Eastern Time in the US]
Free admission


Joy as Tiresome Vandalism
Geof Huth
Tom Jenks
Lucy Harvest Clarke


6.30: Joy as Tiresome Vandalism present Nøjagtig Pamplemousse
7.00: Geof Huth (live stream)
7.45: Lucy Harvest Clarke (live stream)
8.15: Tom Jenks: (live stream)

Brickfield Gallery Project Reading - 21st June

Monday 21st June, 8pm

Alex Nemser
Jasmine Rosenbloom
Timothy Thornton

86 Copenhagen Place, London E14 7DE

via Openned

FREAKLUNG: Odes launch - Sunday 27th June, Morden Tower, Newcastle

FREAKLUNG zine / ninerrors poetry series / XING THE TYNE present



readers include:
antony john
chris stephenson
gareth durasow
james harvey
jeff hilson
jonny liron
michael zand
neil addison
posie rider
richie parker
sean bonney
sj fowler
stephen emmerson
steve willey
tessa whitehouse
tim atkins


Morden Tower,
Back Stowell Street
West Walls,
Newcastle upon Tyne,


the new issue of F R E A K L U N G will be available at this event
(Barry MacSweeney drawing by Flo Brooks)

The Blue Bus - 22nd June

Tuesday 22nd June, 7,30pm
The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1
Admissions £5 / £3 (conc.)

Fruitmarket Gallery - 18th June

On Friday the 18th June, at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh at 10 a.m., the poet Marjorie Welish is giving a talk on art criticism and the current exhibition by Johan Grimonprez. The Fruitmarket Cafe will be serving carrot cake by the poet Posie Rider.  Seminar free, cake £2.75.

CRS - 18th June


7:30 PM, Fri 18th June

The Judith E Wilson Drama Studio
University of Cambridge English Faculty
9 West Road, Cambridge

All welcome - free admission - free wine

CLR:TRANSLATION Launch - 14th June

Monday 14th June, 6pm

* Emily Critchley
* Jeremy Hardingham
* Alexander Nemser

Copies of CLR3 will be on sale for £8.

Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty, West Road, Cambridge

Admission is free, wine served.

Situation Room - Saturday 12th June

Poetry: Sean Bonney & Frances Kruk

Performance: Jonny Liron ("12-06-10") & Jeremy Hardingham ("Unfolding king lear a model")

The Situation Room, 8pm, free admission

The Other Room - 7th July

The Wolf: Issue 23 Launch - 19th June

The Wolf returns from New York to launch issue 23!

June 19th, 7.00pm start.

The Poetry Studio, Poetry Place, 22 Betterton Street,

Covent Garden, London.

Readers on the night are: Alfred Corn, Anne-Marie Fyfe and Richard Parker.

FREE entry! Please arrive early. Limited seating.

The Situation Room - Saturday 5th June

An evening of interrogation into the leakage inwards and outwards of the poem and the larger world order and the violent and rude intrusion of the body under specific light to come, featuring

Poetry (at least)

Justin Katko
Joseph Luna
Nat Raha
Linus Slug
Josh Stanley

Performance (at least)

Jonny Liron

The Situation room is located at Unit 12, 7 Fountayne Rd, Seven Sisters, London, N15 4QL

8pm start, free admission, no free wine

Steve McCaffery & Karen Mac Cormack in London

Wednesday 9th June, 7pm

  • Steve McCaffery
  • Karen Mac Cormack

Room G01, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1

Thursday 10th June, 6.45pm

  • Steve McCaffery: 'Zarathustran Pataphysics'
  • Karen Mac Cormack: 'Taking Reality By Surprise'

11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF

Admission to both events is free, all welcome. Via Openned

Chlorine Reading June 11th

Chlorine Readings is proud to present an evening of poetry and performance from:


Music from Mathew Cunningham

@ COACHWERKS, 19 Hollingdean Terrace, BN1 7HB.
Entry: £3 unwaged, £5 waged
8pm start.

XING THE LINE - 2nd June

Wednesday 2nd June, 7.30pm

Stephen Vincent
Mark Weiss

The Leather Exchange, 15 Leathermarket Street, London Bridge, London SE1 3HN
Admission £5 / £3 (conc.)

SPL & Salt - 29th May

The Scottish Poetry Library
Crichton's Close, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A reading of new fiction and poetry to celebrate the setting up of Salt Publishing's new Scottish office in Glasgow, as well as noting that 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of Salt Publishing, and the 20th anniversary of Salt Magazine.

The evening will feature an international prize-winning line-up, with readings by at least Rob A. Mackenzie, Andrew Philip, Wena Poon, Ryan van Winkle, with guest Tim Turnbull. Admission £3.

20th May - Voiceworks

The culmination of the Voiceworks 2010 programme will be live streamed from Wigmore Hall on Thursday 20 May at 18.00.

The performance lasts 45 minutes and is free to attend – do come, listen and support. This is the fourth year of this unique collaboration between poets from the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck, and composers, singers and instrumentalists from Guildhall School of Music & Drama. New works for voice are created from a long process of exchange, improvisation and practice between October-May, and the resulting songs are a sign of the vibrancy and creative potential of a new generation of work. Many previous participants have gone on to collaborate on projects in Britain and internationally, or have developed their practice in new directions because of their Voiceworks experience, and it’s a chance to encounter their work first, here.

Voiceworks 2010 participants are:

Francisco Coll Garcia, Albert Pellicer, Iria Perestrelo

Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Emma Bennett, Adam Crockatt

David Moore, Ben Gwalchmai, Luke Tracey

Raymond Yiu, Kim Patrick, Luis Gomes, Clément Dionet

Patrick Brennan, James Wilkes, Robert Elibay-Hartog

Nick Scott, Frances Kruk, Lucy Hall

Matthew Mendez, Holly Pester, Victor Sicard

The performances are free to attend, but tickets need to be booked in advance (this is very simple to do, and costs nothing).

See: for more information.

The first live streaming of Voiceworks 2010, courtesy of the AHRC and Plushmusic, can be accessed at our new site which will launch on the same day. It will be later be available by podcast. This digital project, led from CPRC with Guildhall colleagues and partners Wigmore Learning is funded by the AHRC. It is allowing us to: archive materials and make new work available from the last four years of the project; document the ongoing collaborative process as it thinks through the practice and languages of diverse and complex traditions of voice, music composition, and text; record new work as it happens; create a major resource in the field for free access; and generate new kinds of practice, exchange and debate which might find a home on the site.

Contact Carol Watts on for more information.

Shearsman Reading - 1st June

Tuesday 1st June, 7.30pm

Damian Furniss
Michael Zand

Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH

Admission is free.

via Readings in London & Openned

Cambridge Reading - 14th May

Peter Gizzi (USA) and James Cummins (Ireland) will read their poetry this coming Friday, 14th May, in the Queens' College Bowett Room, beginning roughly at 7:30pm. Wine will be served at 50p per glass. All are welcome!

Tuesday 11th May - Keston Sutherland's _The Stats on Infinity_ - London launch

Roll up if you're absolutely free to the launch event for Keston Sutherland's _The Stats on Infinity_, recently published by Crater.
Hear the book sung, gargled, shredded and yowled at 7pm on Tuesday 11th May at The Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut, London SE1 8LF.

Free admission. Copies of the book will be on sale for 8 pounds.

(via Richard Parker)

The Blue Bus - 18th May

Tuesday 18th May, 7.30pm

  • Anna Ticehurst
  • Lucy Harvest Clarke
  • Nat Raha

The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1

Admissions £5 / £3 (conc.)

Royal Holloway Poetics Research Group - 18th May

Royal Holloway Poetics Research Group presents readings by: PETER GIZZI and DREW MILNE

7pm, Tuesday 18 May

Central London venue TBC.

Xing the Line - 05/05/10


Rob Holloway & Scott Thurston.

Wednesday May 5, 7.30pm.

The Leather Exchange, Leathermarket St., London Bridge. £5, £3.
May the 5th be with you.

Romanian Poets Reading: Elena Vladareanu, Ruxandra Novac and Adrian Urmanov

3am magazine presents contemporary Romanian poetry - Elena Vladareanu, Ruxandra Novac and Adrian Urmanov.

The Rich Mix arts centre, London (Shoreditch / Brick Lane), Saturday May 29th, 7pm, entrance free

For the first of the Maintenant interview series readings 3am magazine presents three of the most exciting and acerbic contemporary poets emerging from Romania since the millenium. Challenging, caustic and resolute, their poetry retains the dark humour so prevalent under dictatorship with the utterly modern vernacular of a generation that has come to fruition post-1989. Attacks on misogyny, sexual repression, political idealism and linguistic correctness are interspersed with exactingly crafted free poetry, literary and resounding, distinct for it’s energy and image, and despite a textual tendency to the climactic, this reading will remain very much literary in style. Performing as part of a national tour, this is a chance to see the brightest young talent from a distinct and vivid European poetical tradition.

Selections of their work have recently been published by Cleaves Journal

Interviews with each poet are available here at 3am, Cadaverine and Pomegranate magazines respectively.

Desperate For Love - Tuesday 27th April

Spring edition. Blossom, hay fever, chocolate egg nausea. And poets.

• Amy De'Ath
• Elizabeth Guthrie
• Frances Kruk
• Tracey Wat

8pm. Komedia, 44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN

Admission £4

30th April - CRS

Frances Kruk & Redell Olsen at 7:30pm in the Judith Wilson drama studio of the English Faculty, Cambridge.  Free entry, all welcome.

Round here somewhere:

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Future events include:

Monday 26 April: *Infinite Difference* anthology reading -- Bowett Rm, Queens'
Friday 7 May: DIAL Easter term reading, line-up TBA -- Bowett Rm, Queens'
Friday 14 May: Peter Gizzi (USA) & Jimmy Cummins (Ireland) -- Bowett Rm, Queens'
Friday 21 May: CRS 5: Jow Walton & Posie Rider & John Wilkinson
Friday 18 Jun: CRS 6: Sean Bonney & Simon Jarvis

Sussex Poetry Festival - 16th April

"A reminder to all you fanatics, fundamentalists, novices, cyberparsons, Thuggees and grand wizards out there in the spiral galaxy of the Word that next week will see the coming unto earth of the first ever SUSSEX
POETRY FESTIVAL, which the zodiacs on aggregate foretell will descend on the campus of the University of Sussex on Friday 16th April at 1pm (everyone welcome, unlimited capacity), then be spirited to the Nightingale Theatre in Brighton (all events sold out, unfortunately) for two days and nights of (upstairs) temptation and (downstairs) its entelechies, with readings, performances, music, sacrifice, genuflection, total immersion metabaptism, &c. No petting. All the readings will be written up above by our two resident goatperson initiates and posted in the virtual beyond, together with graven images, animated idols, voices, tongues of fire, and other relics: watch this space.

We're really sorry that some people won't be able to get in to the Nightingale events. We'll think about how we can get round this problem next year."

Oxfringe - 9th April

Oxfringe at the Northgate


Friday 9th April, 7.30, £8 / £6

01865 723316

Giles Goodland
Gavin Selerie
Vahni Capildeo

Malcolm Atkins
Paul Medley
Bruno Guastella
Martin Hackett
Sarah Caird
Miles Doubleday
Chris Stubbs
Chris Brown
Trish Elphinstone
Jill Elliott
Susie Crow
Ana Barbour

in the atmospheric spaces of the church of St Michael at the Northgate, Cornmarket, Oxford

SPL - 8th April

The Scottish Poetry Library
Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh

Thursday, 8th April 2010, 7pm
Free but ticketed

Edinburgh poet Stewart Conn will read from his new Bloodaxe collection The Breakfast Room. With music by John Sampson.

Xing the Line - 7th April

Crossing The Line: Wednesday 7th April


The Leather Exchange, Leathermarket St, London SE1. £5 & £3. 7.30pm.

Veer Launch - 29th March

Gilbert Adair and Robert Hampson

7.00 pm, Room G01, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, WC1.

This event will see the launch of Robert Hampson's new publication from Veer Books: Veer 028 Robert Hampson - 'an explanation of colours'

Gilbert Adair's Sable Smoke will be published by Veer Books later in 2010

Chlorine Reading - 24th March

Chlorine Readings is proud to present
"Tutu Death of the Radiant Pringle"

Featuring poetry & performance from:


@ The Hope, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA.
Entry £3 unwaged, £5 waged.
Arrive 8pm sharp.

Xing The Line - March

XING THE LINE: Wednesday March 3rd


The Leather Exchange, Leathermarket St, London SE1. £5 & £3. 7.30pm.

Arthur Shilling Skype Reading Series #2 - Joe Stohlman

via Harry Godwin :

Joe Stohlman reads from his new Arthur Shilling title 'I love you', as well as more recent work. 'Open Mic' afterwards.

Monday 22nd February : Skype - Add ArthurShilling as a contact.

Please be online by 8.10pm - Once the reading has started, I can't add you into the call & consequently, if you're late, you will miss it.

Desperate For Love

Monday 22nd February, 8pm

  • Antony John
  • Richard Parker
  • Linus Slug

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN

Admission £4

Edge Hill - 25th February

Sean Bonney at Edge Hill

Thursday 25th February, 7.30pm

Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University, Saint Helen's Road, Ormskirk L39 4PZ

Greenwich Festival July 14th-16th

There will be a celebration of women's innovative poetry & cross-genre work, organised by Carol Watts (Birkbeck University) & Emily Critchley (Greenwich), taking place this summer at the University of Greenwich in London. The dates are July 14th-16th.

Confirmed poets & speakers so far include: Caroline Bergvall, Andrea Brady, Elizabeth Jane Burnett, Mairead Byrne, Jennifer Cooke, Corina Copp, Emily Critchley, Carrie Etter, Robert Hampson, Edmund Hardy, Susana Gardner, Lisa Jarnot, Daniel Kane, Frances Kruk, Francesca Lisette, Marianne Morris, Jennifer Moxley, Redell Olsen, Holly Pester, Frances Presley, Luke Roberts, Lisa Robertson, Sophie Robinson, Rebecca Rosier, Lisa Samuels, Eleni Sikelianos, Juliana Spahr, Zoe Skoulding, Harriet Tarlo, Cathy Wagner, Carol Watts & Sara Wintz.

Entrance will be free (donations)

For anyone unable to make the festival in person, Steve Willey & Alex Davies have agreed to film proceedings, which will be archived on Intercapillary Space & other websites.

15th February - Chlorine Readings






Arrive 7.30pm onwards for 8pm start.
£3 unwaged/ £5 waged.

+ Screening of short film 'Heads' by Paul Ingram, magazines, books, generally lush lives.

4th February - Parasol Unit

The Parasol Unit Readings Series continues on Thursday, 4 February, 2010 at 7 pm with a reading by Peter Riley.

Peter Riley was born in Stockport in 1940. He was an editor of The English Intelligencer and the editor/publisher of Poetical Histories. Passing Measures, his selected poems, was published by Carcanet in 2000, and The Day’s Final Balance: uncollected writings 1965-2006 was published by Shearsman in 2007. His most recent book, Greek Passages (Shearsman, 2009) is a set of 105 prose-poems derived from four sojourns in Greece. Mark Scroggins has called Riley’s work “an extraordinary poetry, one which takes the techniques of modernism to almost a certain limit, yet retains the entire lyric and emotional intensity of the English tradition.”

Parasol Unit is located at 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW, between Old Street and Angel tube stations. Parasol Unit readings are organized by Barry Schwabsky. They are free to the public. More information at

Xing The Line - 4th February

Abigail Oborne + Holly Pester + James Wilkes

7.30pm, Thursday 4th February at The Leather Exchange, Leathermarket Street, London Bridge.


The first of this term's TALKS will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 27th Jan) at 7.30 at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Venue: room 401, 30 Russell Sq (Department of English and Humanities). All welcome.

Robert Hampson will talk on 'Frank O'Hara, Monuments and Memories'.

Further TALKS will take place on 10th Feb (Amy Cutler) and 24th Feb (Simon Smith on: 'The Fragment'.) - 7:30, Room 401, 30 Russell Sq (Department of English and Humanities), Birkbeck College.

8th February - Blue Bus

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by James Harvey, David Miller, Harriet Tarlo and Ken White at The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1, in the upstairs room, on February 8th, at 7.30. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).

Xing the Line - 7th January

Peter Philpott & Trevor Joyce.

Thursday January 7, 7.30. The Leather Exchange, Leathermarket Street, London Bridge. £5, £3.