A quick roundup of October poetry events between now and the end of the month in London and the rest of the UK (mostly the south, I’m afraid, since it’s my own hunting ground and I know more events that are going on here; apologies to those up north – I’ll try and include more northern ones next time). It’s not intended to be a comprehensive list, but there is something for every day between now and the end of the month. And please check with the organisers before just turning up, in case anything has changed since I posted this list. Hope you get out and catch some live verse!


Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Fox Running

All audience members share in the reading aloud of Ken Smith’s Fox Running. 8 pm. £5 plus £1.75 booking fee. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX 



Presented by Apples and Snakes. Spoken Word with open mic (email bohdan@applesandsnakes.org) and poetry films (email suzi@applesandsnakes.org). 7.30 pm. Free entry. Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA www.applesandsnakes.org


Poet in the City

Contemporary European Poets – Italy, featuring Elena Buia. Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU, 6.30pm.  http://www.poetinthecity.co.uk/poetry-events


Thursday 24th October 2013


A Sleepwalk on the Severn

All audience members share in the reading aloud of Alice Oswald’s A Sleepwalk on the Severn. 8 pm. £5 plus £1.75 booking fee. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX


Age, Anxiety and Alzheimer’s

Liz Bentley presents an intimate, touching and funny show about getting old, with support from comedy poets courtesy of Apples and Snakes. With support from resident company Apples and Snakes, and stand up poet Jonny Fluffypunk. Age 18+ 7:30pm £8, concessions £6, The Albany, Douglas Way, Depford, London SE8 4AG Box Office 020 8692 4446


Poems on the Underground

Karen McCarthy Woolf joins Cicely Herbert, Piers Plowright and the Apollo Chamber Players at Keats House to celebrate Poems on the Underground. £5, prebook, 7pm 020 Tel 07332 3868 email keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk


The World Café Special

Roger McGough, Julie Mullen and LiTTLe MACHiNe are at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. £14/£12, 7.30pm Tel 020 8977 7558 http://www.landmarkartscentre.org/whats-on/other-events.html



Friday 25th October 2013


Fourth Friday

Poetry by Angela Kirby. Music to be confirmed. Presented by Hylda Sims. 8pm. Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BU. 8.00 £6/£5 (concessions). Covent Garden tube.  020 7420 9888. fourthfriday.wordpress.com Tel 020 8299 2767 Email info@fourthfriday.co.uk


Saturday 28th October 2013


Rich Mix – Camarade Poetry Project

100 poets read in 50 pairs at a mammoth event at Rich Mix. Featuring Ross Sutherland, Tom Chivers, Kirsty Irving, Sam Riviere, George Szirtes, Julia Bird and 94 others. Free, 2pm until late. http://weareenemies.com/camaradefest.html


Sunday 27th October 2013


Poetry and Autumn

Creative writing workshop led by Jo Shapcott – The Moods of Poetry.  £20 / £15 concessions. Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. Tel 020 7332 3868 www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/keatshousehampstead 


Monday 28th October 2013


Poetry Library Book Club

Geoffrey Hill’s collected poems. 6.30pm. Free event. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX


Tuesday 29th October 2013


Poetry Library 60th Birthday Party

Some of the biggest names in poetry read alongside poets in translation, performance poets and poets renowned for pushing language in surprising directions. Arrive early to enjoy free poetry films. From 6:15 pm. £15/£13. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX


Poetry Unplugged

London’s premier open mic night. Sign up between 6 and 7pm. Hosted by Niall O’Sullivan. £5/£4. Poetry Society http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/events/event/2452/


Wednesday 30th October 2013


Emily Berry

Forward Prize winning poet Emily Berry in conversation with Adam Phillips. At Lutyens & Rubinstein bookshop, 7pm. £8 Book on 020 7229 1010 or email bookshop@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk.


Thursday 31st October 2013


Poet in the City

Sappho – a special event in celebration of the Greek Lyric poet – featuring Margaret Reynolds, Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St  London WC1H 0AH, 6.30pm. http://www.poetinthecity.co.uk/poetry-events



Friday 25th October 2013


Topping and Co.Sharon Olds launches Stag’s Leap

8pm. Early bird tickets £4, which includes £4 off Stag’s Leap. Topping & Company Booksellers, The Paragon, Bath BA1 5LS. Tel: 01225 428111 email bath@toppingbooks.co.uk



Every Thursday


Arts House Open Mic

A poetry-friendly open mic with alternating hosts Jeremy Toombes and Jules Landau. 8:30pm, free. The Arts House, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU

Saturday 26th October 2013


Squash and Pop

Part of Bristol Literature Festival. The Bard of Windmill Hill and Rebecca Tantony combine talents for a family-friendly afternoon of workshops, slams (Dead Poets plus kids vs adults) and entertainment. 2-4pm, £5 (includes entry to other events in the vicinity), Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, BS6 5RW


Friday 25th October 2013


Wordsworth Trust – Dove Cottage Poets

The monthly poetry group with the Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence, Judy Brown.  2 – 4.30 pm. Free entry. http://www.wordsworth.org.uk The Jerwood Centre, The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, Grasmere LA22 9SH. 015394 35544


Tuesday 29th October 2013


East Manchester and Tameside Stanza

Discussions of the work of published poets, members sharing their own work (if they want to), and doing writing exercises as a group. 7 pm. Stalybridge Station, Rassbottom Street – Stalybridge, SK15 1R


Wednesday 23rd October 2013


Radikal Words with Zena Edwards.

A fusion of song, poetry and movement. Support from Jeff Price, Bob Beagrie and Mike Edwards. Music from Bridie Jackson. 8pm. Entry £7.50. Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle NE1 7RH. Info and booking at northernstage.co.uk



Wednesday 30th October 2013


Café Frug

An evening of poetry and music, hosted by Bob Devereux. Musicians and poets welcome to perform. 8pm, £4 (performers free), The Artists Residence, 20 Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4AW. Further info 01736 753899


Thursday 31st October 2013


Salisbury Poetry Café

An opportunity to hear readings by established and published poets, as well as the chance for everyone to share work in the open mic session. To book an open mic slot, please contact Grace Gauld on 01722 744984 or email poetrycafe@salisburyarts.co.uk. 8pm (bar open from 7:30pm), £4, Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT

St Ives

Every Thursday


Café Frug

An evening of poetry and music, hosted by Bob Devereux. Musicians and poets welcome to perform. 8pm, £4 (performers free) St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, TR26 2DY. Further info 01736 753899


Thursday 31st October 2013


Performance Poetry at The Blue Walnut

Ben Norris explores the theatrical potential of poetry and the poetic elements of theatre. Also appearing will be a cornucopia of local poets, including Daniel Haynes, Chris Brooks, Joanna Hatfull and host Robert Garnham.£5, 7:30pm, The Blue Walnut Café, Walnut Road, Torquay, TQ2 6HS. Further info robertdgamham@gmail.com.






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