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Thursday, 18 April. Local launch of Grief's Alphabet. Topping's Books, Bath.

Friday, 6 May. Bristol event for Grief's Alphabet. Bookhaus, Bristol.




7 January. The Great Festival Flash Off. A day of flash fiction workshops and readings, including my seminar on prose poetry series and sequences, with a number of exercises to get you started. More details here.

Friday, 3 March. After Sylvia launch with fellow readers Heidi Beck, Louise Crosby, Caleb Parkin, and Tom Weir. Book Haus, 4 Rope Walk, Bristol BS1, £5. Book tickets in advance here.

Sunday, 30 April. Nature and the City: An Ecopoetry Reading and Open Mic with fellow readers Caleb Parkin, Pey Oh, and Samantha Walton. Those interested in reading a poem on the open mic can email it to carrie dot etter at gmail dot com. Lyra Poetry Festival, The Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA. Free.

Tuesday, 16 May, 7:30-9:30. Local Poets' Reading for the Bath Festival with Pey Oh, Ruth Sharman, and an open mic. Chapter 22 Roots & Records, Broad Street, Bath. Booking with Bath Festivals here

Thursday, 18 May, 10:30-12:30. The Celebratory Poem: Writing Odes, a workshop for the Bath Festival, at Bath Central Library. Booking with Bath Festivals here. 

17 June. Reading and workshop at Devizes Arts Festival, Cheese Hall, Town Hall, Devizes. Free, but booking required here

22 June, 7-9:30 p.m. Lighthouse issue 26 magazine launch with fellow readers. Online, booking here


14-16 July. Flash Fiction Festival! I enjoy referring to myself as the prose poet in residence. I'll be running a prose poetry workshop over the weekend.


Saturday, 21 October, 5-5:45 p.m. Reading at Heron Books, Clifton, Bristol. Free! More details TBA.


Wednesday, 5 January, 7-9 p.m. Peter Barlow's Cigarette series reading with Maryam Hessavi, Vik Shirley, Scott Thurston and another TBA. Ditto Coffee, Albert Square, Manchester M2 6LW.

8-10 July. The Flash Fiction Festival, Bristol. I'll be conducting two sessions: one on creating prose poetry series and sequences, and one on applying for grants (in the UK) to fund your writing. This is one of my all-time favourite festivals, wonderfully friendly and inspiring.

29-31 July. The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival. On the 31st, I'll be on a panel on Poetry and Grief, drawing on poems from my last two books, Imagined Sons and The Weather in Normal.

Monday, 19 September, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Topping's Books, Bath. I'll be reading with Lia Brooks, Elena Karina Byrne, and Lois P. Jones, and my own focus will be on poems from my newly reprinted first collection, The Tethers. Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday, 21 October, 7 p.m. Reading and performance with the Joshua Jaswon Octet, St. Hilda's College, University of Oxford. 

Friday, 11 November. Poetry workshops and recital competition, Winchester College, Winchester.


Monday, 25 January, 8 p.m. Love Poems for St Dwynwen's Day: Reading with Zoë Brigley, Alycia Pirmohamed, and Marvin Thompson. Free tickets can be booked on Eventbrite here.

Thursday, 20 May, 7 p.m. Reading with Tim Atkins, Allen Fisher, and Ulli Freer. Centre for Poetry and and Poetics, University of Sheffield. Online.

Monday, 2 August, 7 p.m. Reading with Angie Butler, Lucy English, Steven Fowler, Paul Hawkins, Peter Jaeger, James Knight, Max Porter, and David Spittle. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN. My first in person reading for a year and half! Free!

Sunday, 8 August, 5 p.m. US East Coast, 10 p.m. UK. An online reading as part of Lit Balm's International Surrealist Extravaganza. More information will be available on Lit Balm's Facebook page here.

Sunday, 17 October, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Reading as part of the Gloucestershire Writers' Network Prizes. Cheltenham Literature Festival, Regency Suite, Queens Hotel, The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NN. £9 plus booking fee.

Tuesday, 19 October, 8 p.m. Online reading for the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society, with open mic. £3 fee for non-members. More details are available here. 

Thursday, 28 October, 8-9:15 p.m. Reading with Matt Haw, Pey Oh, and Ruth Sharman to celebrate the launch of Matt's new pamphlet, Boudicca. Lonsdale Room, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16 Queen Square, Bath. Free!

Saturday, 13 November, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Launch of Sarah Watkinson's first collection, Photovoltaic; I'm the supporting guest reader. There will be a nature walk, an eco poetry open mic, and cake, too! The Chalet, Wytham Woods, Oxford OX2 8QQ. Book a free ticket here.


Thursday, 9 December, 8:30-9:45 p.m. Online reading with Jennifer Militello and Agnieszka Studzinska. More details TBA. Free. 



Tuesday, 14 January. Reading and workshop at Marlborough College.

Monday, 3 February. Visiting lecturer, MA in Creative Writing, Nottingham Trent University.

Saturday, 15 February, 12-2 p.m., "Introducing Prose Poetry" seminar, Cardiff Poetry Festival, £15/10. Book tickets here.

---, 4-5 p.m. "Poems for the Planet," reading with Jane Lovell and André Mangeot, Cardiff Poetry Festival, £5/3. Book tickets


29 February, 1-4 p.m. Seminar on U.S. poetries. Poetry Swindon, Richard Jefferies Musuem, Swindon. Please get in touch if

      you'd like to join us.

Saturday, 14 March, 5-7 p.m. Prose poetry discussion, reading, and open mic with Luke Kennard, hosted by Vik Shirley. Lyra

     Poetry Festival, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ. £5/£4 concessions; pre-book here.

17 March. Reading for the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society, alongside the winners of the competition I judged. Vittle & Swig

     (upstairs), 26-29 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2PT. CANCELLED (COVID-19)

Monday, 6 April, 8-9 p.m. Reading from Imagined Sons for the Stay-at-Home Literary Festival online. Free!

Saturday, 25 April, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. "Where Are you From? Selfhood, Place and Prose Poetry" seminar. Cheltenham Poetry

      Festival, The Sober Parrot, Cheltenham. Sold out! POSTPONED (COVID-19)

Saturday, 24 April, 2-3 p.m. Reading with open mic. Cheltenham Poetry Festival, The Sober Parrot, Cheltenham. POSTPONED


Saturday, 22 May. Reading for the Sheaf Poetry Festival, Sheffield. More details forthcoming. POSTPONED (COVID-19)

7 June. Devizes Arts Festival. I'll be giving a reading and conducting a workshop. More information forthcoming.  


19-21 June. Flash Fiction Festival, Bristol. I'll be giving a seminar on prose poetry sequences and, with Ken Elkes, giving a talk 

     on UK funding for fiction projects. POSTPONED (COVID-19)

Monday, 7 September, 7 p.m. Poetry Wales online launch, where I'll read alongside such poets as Moniza Alvi, Philip Gross,

     Helen Tookey, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, and others. To attend and obtain registration information, email

Tuesday, 20 October, 7:30 p.m. Verve Poetry Press launch reading. More details TBA.

Saturday, 24 October, 7 p.m. Ecopoetry reading and discussion with Caleb Parkin. Green Christian Festival--free!

Saturday, 7 November, 1-4 p.m. Three pamphlets seminar, Poetry Swindon (online). SOLD OUT.

Friday, 20 November, 8 p.m. Zoom launch for The Shooting Gallery, with readings by Alan Baker, Claire Crowther, and Vik Shirley. Free!

Sunday, 22 November. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Joint ecopoetry workshop with Caleb Parkin. £15, advance booking required. 7-8:15 p.m. Poetry and climate change reading with Caleb Parkin. Donation. Sheaf Poetry Festival.


Monday, 14 January, 6-8 p.m. Class visit, MA in Creative Writing, Nottingham Trent University.


Thursday, 31 January, 7:30 p.m. Reading with Sheila Hamilton, Words & Ears at The Swan, Bradford on Avon. Open mic. £4. Cancelled on account of snow! (I've been rescheduled for 28 November.)

Friday, 15 February, 6:30-8 p.m. Verve Poetry Festival reading, to be followed by a workshop on prose poetry the following day.


Thursday, 7 March, 7:30 p.m. First Thursday Readings, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Open mic. 

Thursday, 14 March, 7 p.m. Reading at Bradfield College, Bradfield.

Friday, 26 April, 7 p.m. Reading with Stephanie Burt, Belmont Books, Belmont (Boston), MA. Free!

Sunday, 28 April, 4:30 p.m. Reading with Michael Ruby, Zinc Bar, 82 West Third St., New York 10012.

Monday, 29 April, 7:30 p.m. Poetry of Climate Change and Environmental Justice with Leeya Mehta, M.F. Simone Roberts, and Dan Vera. BloomBars, 3222 11th Street NW, Washington, D.C. $10 suggested donation.

Wednesday, 1 May, 5 p.m. Reading at Tucker Theater,  The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Free.

Friday, 3 May. Reading at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Saturday, 4 May, 2 p.m. Reading, Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina. Free.

Friday, 10 May, 8 p.m. Reading Poets' Cafe with Anna-May Laugher, South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading. Open mic. £5/£4 concessions. 

Saturday, 8 June, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. SciPo 2019: Plants, Brain and Imagination. The lead poets this year are Frances Leviston and Michael Symmons Roberts. I've adjudicated the children's poetry competition and will be awarding the prizes.


Sunday, 16 June. Workshops on publishing your poetry and on prose poetry. Winchester Writers' Festival.

28-30 June. The Third Annual Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol! Details forthcoming. 

Saturday, 21 September, 7:30 p.m. Reading at A Poem and A Pint, Laurel & Hardy Museum, Ulverston. £6/£5 concessions.

Saturday, 28 September, 7:30 p.m. Flash fiction reading, St. James Wine Vaults, Bath. Free.

3-7 October. The Big Poetry Weekend, The Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. On the Saturday afternoon, I'll be hosting the annual Poets & Publishers session, and in the evening, I'll be running a poetry pub-style quiz.

Saturday, 26 October, 1-4 p.m. Seminar on three pamphlets. Poetry Swindon, The Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. Contact me if you're interested in joining us.

8-10 November. Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Details forthcoming.

28 November, 7:30 p.m. Reading with Claire Crowther, Words & Ears, The Swan Inn, Bradford on Avon.

7 December, 1-4 p.m. Seminar on ecopoetry. Poetry Swindon, The Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. Please get in touch if you're interested in joining us.


15 January. Visiting speaker for the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

7 March. Plume magazine reading with Patricia Clark, Nicole Cooley, Peter Cooley, J. Allyn Rosser, Bruce Smith, Daniel Tobin, and others. AWP Tampa, Aloft Hotel, 100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free.

9 June, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. SciPo 2018: A Meeting of Science and Poetry. St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. My fellow speakers and reader is the acclaimed (and lovely) poet Philip Gross. £35 for the day.

20-22 July. Flash Fiction Festival, Trinity College, Bristol. As part of this brilliant, one-of-a-kind festival, I'll be running a seminar on prose poetry, participating with Michael Loveday on a discussion about the differences between flash fiction and prose poetry, and giving a reading from my flash fiction during the festival.

Thursday, 6 September, 5-7 p.m. Hometown launch for The Weather in Normal, Fat Jack's, 511 N. Main Street, Bloomington, Illinois. I'll give a short reading at 5:30 p.m. Free.

9 September. Private reading with Faisal Mohyuddin, Chicago. Hosted by Patricia Ann McNair. 

Saturday, 15 September, 7:30 p.m. Reading at Tears in the Fence Festival with Elisabeth Bletsoe and Sarah Cave, Stourpaine Village Hall, Dorset. 

Thursday, 4 October, 7:30 p.m. National Poetry Day reading at Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester. Open mic. 

Saturday, 6 October. On this day of the Poetry Swindon Festival, I'll be part of three events: my third annual Poets & Publishers event with Shearsman editor Tony Frazer and Magma editor Laurie Smith, a reading (sadly Sandeep Parmar couldn't make it), and a Poetry Pub Quiz at the end of the night. You can book tickets for this friendly festival here.

Friday, 19 October, 8 p.m. "What We Should Have Said": Poetry and music with Martina Evans, Richard Douglas Pennant, and Stuart Silver, with pianist Peter Foggitt. Sponsored by the Oxford University Poetry Society. T.S. Eliot Theatre, Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford. Free, with donations encouraged. Further details are available here.

Tuesday, 6 November. Reading and conversation as invited speaker for Ecology Typology Environment: Between Writing and Site, Senate House, London. 


Thursday, 8 November, 7:30 for 8 p.m. start. My local launch for The Weather in Normal, Topping's Books, Bath. 

Friday, 16 November, 7 p.m. London launch for The Weather in Normal with special guests James Brookes, Mary Jean Chan, and Kathryn Maris. The King and Queen, Foley Street, London W1W 6DL.

Monday, 10 December, 7:30-9 p.m. Reading on the Loose Muse series, Discovery Centre, Winchester. £5.


13 February. My first time Skyping in to another university! I'll be visiting Lesley Wheeler's Studies in Contemporary Poetry class at Washington and Lee University to talk about Scar.

6 March. MA seminar on flash fiction at Nottingham Trent University.

17 March, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Flash fiction reading with Kevlin Henney, Michael Loveday, Santino Prinzi, Jeanette Shepherd, and Diane Simmons. St James Wine Vaults, Bath. Tickets are £5 and can be bought in advance here.

27 April. Performance and workshop for the MA Creative Writing students at the University of Salford.

July. I'm presenting on two panels at the English Shared Futures Conference in Newcastle. Women Who Dare: women poets employing experimental techniques in their poetry, with Patricia Debney and Nancy Gaffield. Creativity and Research in the 21st Century: Creative writing as research, with fellow panelists Jeri Kroll, Steve May, Derek Neale, and Jen Webb.

17 September. Bradford on Avon Fringe Festival reading, with winners of the annual competition. The Swan.

20 September, 8 a.m. Poetry on the Move, Canberra, Australia. Through a live link between Bath Spa University and the University of Canberra, Miranda Barnes and I will read on the festival. 

20 September, 8 p.m. A Place in Words: A Celebration of 25 Years of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Topping's Books, Bath.


Saturday, 7 October. Poets & Publishers, The Poetry Swindon Festival. I'll emcee this event with Seren poetry editor Amy Wack and Oxford Poetry co-editor Mary Jean Chan. Further details TBA.

Friday, 24 November, 7-9 p.m. Anathema reading series, Arnolfini, Bristol. Entry by donation.



Sunday, 13 November. Reading with Deryn Rees-Jones at the Woodstock Poetry Festival. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock.

Tuesday, 1 November. Shearsman chapbook reading at Topping's, with Claire Crowther reading from Bare George and I reading from Scar. Topping's, The Paragon, Bath. More details TBA.

Sunday, 23 October, 4-5 p.m. Reading. The Wantage (Not Just) Betjeman Literary Festival. More details TBA.

Sunday, 23 October, 1-3 p.m. Poetry & Place Workshop. The Wantage (Not Just) Betjeman Literary Festival. More details TBA.

Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Poets & Publishers. I'll host a Q&A with Nine Arches and Under the Radar editor Jane Commane and Poetry Wales editor Nia Davies, followed by a reading by Linda Black and I, both regulars in both magazines. Poetry Swindon Festival, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. £7; you can purchase tickets here

Friday, 7 October, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Our Extravagant Bodies: An Erotic Poetry Workshop for Women. Poetry Swindon Festival, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. £15; you can purchase tickets here

Saturday, 17 September. 2:30-3 p.m. Shearsman Books reading at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair with Geraldine Clarkson, London. Details about this wonderful fair are available here--all events are free!

Monday, 12 September, 7:30-8:30 p.m. A hometown reading of Scar and work in progress from The Weather in Normal. Normal Public Library, Normal, Illinois. Free.

Wednesday, 24 August. Reading to participants of the flash fiction course with Tania Hershman and David Swann. The Hurst, Arvon Foundation.  

Friday, 29 July, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Flash fiction reading with K.M. Elkes, Meg Pokrass, Tino Prinzi, and Diane Simmons. St James Wine Vaults, 10 St James Street, Bath. £5. You can purchase tickets in advance here

Tuesday, 12 July, 7-9 p.m. Reading with Janette Ayachi, Daisy Lefarge, and Rob A. Mackenzie. The Outhouse, 12A Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY. Free!

Saturday, 25 June, 12:15-12:55 p.m. Readings for The Festival of Nature with Holly Cornfield Carr, Andrew F. Giles, Tania Horseman and Jack Thacker. Bandstand, Royal Victoria Park. Free!

Friday, 3 June. 7 p.m. Readings from From Palette to Pen: An Anthology of Poetry and Art, including Sue Boyle, Dawn Gorman, Philip Gross, David Hale, Caroline Heaton, Rosie Jackson, Frances-Anne King, Wendy Klein, Anna-May Laugher, Gill Learner, Lesley Saunders, Linda Saunders and Claire Williamson. The Holburne Museum, Bath. Free!

Thursday, 26 May, 7 p.m. London launch of Hometown, reading with Jill Abram, Jo Bell, Tania Hershman, Hilda Sheehan and Dave Swann. The King and Queen, 1 Foley Street, London.

Saturday, 19 March, 2:30-4 p.m. Reading at the Poets & Players series at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER. Tickets are free, yet booking is advised; call 0843 208 0500. More details TBA. 

Tuesday, 15 March, 8 p.m. Reading Linda Lamus's A Crater the Size of Calcutta. Poetry & A Pint, St James Wine Vaults' gallery room, Bath. £2/1. Open mic. 

Monday, 1 February. Talk on flash fiction for the MA students in creative writing at Nottingham Trent University. 

Saturday, 30 January, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (with a lunch break). Day seminar on Prose Poetry and Art at The Holburne Museum, Bath. £45/£40 concessions. 


Thursday, 28 January, 7:30 p.m. Reading Linda Lamus's A Crater the Size of Calcutta with Matthew Stewart. Words & Ears, The Swan, Bradford on Avon. Open mic.


As my workshops in Swindon are now by individual application, I no longer list them here. For information about possible openings, please email me. 

Wednesday, 18 February, 6 p.m. University of Canterbury, Kent reading series. £2.  

Saturday, 14 March. Awards presentation for the creative writing prizes at the Mid-Somerset Festival. The Guildhall, Bath. 

Tuesday, 5 May, 8 p.m. Reading with Claire Crowther for the West Country launch of her third collection, On Narrowness. Gallery Room (upstairs), St James Wine Vaults, 10 St James Street, Bath. Free.  

Sunday, 31 May, 2:30-4 p.m. Reading with Karen McCarthy-Woolf, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival. £6/4. The festival's fullprogramme is available here.

Wednesday, 24 June, 6-8 p.m. Reading with Stephen Burt, Brian Bartlett and Togara Muzanenhamo at Gulliver's, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester. Free. 

Friday, 10 July. Reading and awards presentation for the Ware Poets. 

Friday, 28 August, 7:15 p.m. Poetry on Postcards launch, Central Library, Swindon. Poetry Swindon and Swindon Artists will be launching their collaborative poetry postcards series. There will be readings of the poems and a celebration of the visual art created in response, as well as a reading by yours truly. Free.  

Wednesday, 2 September, 7:30 p.m. Reading with Jacquelyn Pope, Don Share, and Hilda Sheehan, Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago. Free.  

Monday, 28 September. Forward Prizes reading and presentation, Royal Festival Hall, London. NB I'll just be participating as a judge, not reading myself. 

Friday, 30 October, 6-8 p.m. Launch of Linda Lamus's A Crater the Size of Calcutta. Upstairs at the Boston Tea Party, 75 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5PF. Free. 

Thursday, 5 November, 7:30 p.m. Reading from Linda Lamus's A Crater the Size of Calcutta alongside readings from Tamar Yoseloff and Mary-Ann Constantine. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. An open mic is also included. £2.50.

Tuesday, 10 November, 7-9 p.m. Reading and conversation at the Ledbury Poetry Salon, Master's House, Ledbury. £5 includes a drink.  


Saturday, 25 January, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Poetry workshops, Swindon. For further details, see Hilda Sheehan's page on this series. 

Saturday, 15 February, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Poetry workshops, Swindon. For further details, see Hilda Sheehan's page on this series.   

Thursday, 27 February, 7-8:30 p.m. U.S. launch of Imagined Sons. Reading with Elena Karina Byrne, Jennifer Militello and Allison Benis WhiteLeft Bank Books, 92 Pike Street, Seattle. Free.  

Saturday, 15 March, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Poetry workshops, Swindon. For further details, see Hilda Sheehan's page on this series. 

Tuesday, 18 March, 6 p.m. for 7 p.m. reading. London/UK launch of Imagined Sons. The Yorkshire Grey (function room), 2 Theobald's Road, London WC1X 8PN. Free.  

Saturday, 22 March, 7:30 p.m., Reading at The Language Club, Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street, Plymouth PL4 0EB. Plus open mic. £4, £2 concs.

Friday, 28 March, 7 p.m. (doors open 6-8 p.m.). Local launch and reading of Imagined Sons. The West Barn, Bradford on Avon. Free.  

Sunday, 6 April. Reading at Buzzwords, Cheltenham. 7 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. reading. 

Friday, 11 April. Reading at The Boston Tea Party, Park Street, Bristol, as part of the Park Street Poetry Series.  

Saturday, 26 April, 6 p.m. Reading at Publicly Complex with Erin Morrill and John Murillo III.  Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence.  Free.

Wednesday, 30 April, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Reading at The Charles P. Puksta Library, River Valley Community College, Claremont, New Hampshire. Free. 

Thursday, 1 May, 7-8 p.m. Reading with Jennifer Militello at Grolier Poetry Bookshop, 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Free. 

Saturday, 24 May, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Poetry workshops, Swindon. For further details, see Hilda Sheehan's page on this series.  

Thursday, 5 June. Reading on the First Thursday series, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. More details TBA. 

Saturday, 7 June, 10-4:30. Prose Poetry Day School, St. Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY. £50/£45. Enrollment must be completed in advance using the above link.

Saturday, 7 June, 6-7:30 p.m. Reading at Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA. Includes open mic. Free for day school participants (see above), £3 others. 

Saturday, 14 June, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Poetry workshops, Swindon. For further details, see Hilda Sheehan's page on this series.  

Friday, 20 June, 8:30 p.m. Reading Poets' Cafe, South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU. £5 general, £4 concessions. Open mic included. 

Saturday, 21 June. Reading for National Flash Fiction Day, The Lansdown, Bristol. More details TBA. 

Thursday, 26 June, 2-4:30. "From Thomas's Notebooks to Our Own: Writing Poetry with Dylan Thomas and Carrie Etter."Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. £14, £11 concs; must be booked in advance with the Centre. 

Thursday, 26 June, 7:30 p.m. Reading with open mic. Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. £4, £2.80 concs.  

Friday, 4 July, 6-7:15 p.m. Reading with Michael Symmons Roberts and the Festival's young poet in residence, Dom Hale.Ledbury Poetry Festival, The Baptist Hall, Ledbury. £6.   

Saturday, 5 July, 12:15-12:35 p.m. "Twenty Minutes with...Carrie Etter and Ruth Stacey." Ledbury Poetry Festival, Shell House Gallery, Ledbury. Free. 

Wednesday, 16 July, 8-11 p.m. Reading at Jazz and Poetry, Bar Deux/Guitar Bar, Clumber Avenue, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham NG5 1AP. Further details TBA. 

Saturday, 19 July, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Poetry workshops, Swindon. For further details, see Hilda Sheehan's page on this series.  

Monday, 8 September. Reading at Cafe Writers, Norwich. More details forthcoming.  

Wednesday, 17 September. Guest reader on Arvon course at Totleigh Barton, Sheepwash, Devon. For course attendees &c. only.  

Friday, 3 October, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Reading with Jacquelyn Pope. Swindon Poetry Festival, Lower Shaw Farm. 

Saturday, 4 October. Reading with Fiona Benson, Exeter Poetry Festival. More details forthcoming.  

Thursday, 13 November, 6 p.m. Literary Leicester reading with Moniza Alvi at the Library Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester.

Wednesday, 26 November, 7:30 p.m. New Park Community Centre, New Park Road, Chichester PO19 7XY. With open mic.  


Thursday, 3 January, 7 p.m. Reading at Re:Verse, Cometogetherspace Gallery, 212 N. Roosevelt Avenue, Bloomington, Illinois. An open reading will follow. $5 suggested donation. 

Saturday, 12 January, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seminar on publishing poetry in magazines, pamphlets and books. 1:30-4 p.m.Advanced poetry workshop, by admission. BlueGate Poets at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. More details can be found here

Saturday, 9 February, 7 p.m. Camarade Project, with readings from writer pairs Roddy Lumsden and I, Chris McCabe and Tom Jenks, George Szirtes  and Carol Watts, James Wilkes and Christodoulos Makris, Todd Swift and Paul Perry, Marek Kazmierski and Stephen Watts, and others. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Free.

Saturday, 16 February, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seminar on "The Page as an Open Field." 1:30-4 p.m. Advanced poetry workshop, by admission. BlueGate Poets at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. More details can be found here

Thursday, 7 March, 3-4:15 p.m. Moderator/organizer for "Larkin to Love or Hate: British Poetics in Conversation" with panelists Tim Liardet, Lytton Smith, Zoe Brigley Thompson, and Carol Watts. AWP Annual Convention, Boston. 

Saturday, 23 March, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seminar on "What Is Experimental Poetry, Anyway?" 1:30- 4 p.m. Advanced poetry workshop, by admission. BlueGate Poets in Swindon, venue TBA. More details can be found here.

Wednesday, 15 May. 6 p.m. for 6:30 start. Long Poem Magazine, issue 9 launch. The Barbican Library, London. Free. 

Sunday, 9 June, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Reading with David Herd and Jeff Hilson. Reading Poetry Festival, Reading. More details TBA. 

Saturday, 22 June, 10:30-4:30. Publishing Your Poetry, a seminar, London. By private arrangement.  

Saturday, 29 June, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. "Introducing Flash Fiction,"  a seminar. 1:30-4 p.m., advanced poetry workshop, by admission. BlueGate Poets, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. More details can be found here.

Thursday, 11 July, 6 p.m. Reading with Anne Berkeley, Claire Crowther, Jenny Lewis, Sue Rose and Tamar Yoseloff. Frome Festival, The Archangel, 1 King Street, Frome. £4.50.

Saturday, 27 July, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. "You and You and You: Poetry and the Second Person," a seminar. 1:30-4 p.m., advanced poetry workshop, by admission. Blue Gate Poets, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. More details can be found here.

Saturday, 21 September. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seminar. 1:30-4 p.m., advanced poetry workshop, by admission. Blue Gate Poets, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. More details can be found here. 

Saturday, 28 September, 3 p.m. Reading with Rhian Gallagher and Caroline Gilfillan. King's Lynn Poetry Festival, The Town Hall, King's Lynn. £8.50 or £37.50 for the entire weekend of events. 

Friday, 4 October. 12:30-1:15 p.m. "Bath Poetry Lunch with Carrie Etter and Friends." Swindon Poetry Festival, Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon. More details TBA. Free! 

Saturday, 12 October, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Infinite Difference reading with fellow poets Sophie Mayer, Frances Presley, Anna Reckin and Lucy Sheerman, as part of the Contemporary Experimental Women's Writing Conference at the University of Manchester. Open to conference attendees only. 

Saturday, 19 October. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Killing Your Darlings: Learning When and How to Revise Your Poems; 1:30-4 p.m., advanced poetry workshop, by admission. Blue Gate Poets, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. More details can be found here.

Monday, 28 October. Ambit launch party, Notre Dame University, London. By invitation only. 

Saturday, 23 November. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. individual tutorials; 1:30-4 p.m., advanced poetry workshop, by admission. Blue Gate Poets, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. More details can be found here. 

Thursday, 5 December, 8 p.m. Pamphlet launch with Tim Liardet as part of Bath Spa University's Stand Up Poetry Reading Series.  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath. Free! 



29 February-3 March. AWP Annual Conference, Chicago. I'll be on a panel and manning the Bath Spa University booth for a couple hours each day.


Wednesday, 29 February, 6-7:30 p.m. Parlor Press (Free Verse Editions), Rescue Press, and Shearsman Books authors read. Fellow readers include Rosa Alcalá, Shira Dentz, Jill Magi, and Becka Mara McKay. Hokin Hall, room 109, Columbia College Chicago, 623 S. Wabash, Chicago. Free.


Tuesday, 6 March, 7:30 p.m. Purdue University, Krannert Auditorium, Room 140, West Lafayette, Indiana. Free.


Saturday, 26 May. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., A Short Introduction to Prose Poetry; 1:30-4 p.m. Advanced Poetry Workshop, Swindon. For further details, contact Hilda Sheehan at hildasheehan at gmail dot com.


Thursday, 31 May, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Uncut Poets, Exeter Phoenix, Brandninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS.


Wednesday, 13 June, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Frome Poetry Cafe, The Garden Cafe, Frome. Includes an open mic. £2.

Thursday, 14 June, 7:30 p.m. Poetry Cafe, The Flying Goose, Nottingham. 

Saturday, 23 June. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Titling Your Poems; 1:30-4 p.m. Advanced Poetry Workshop, Swindon. For further details, contact Hilda Sheehan at hildasheehan at gmail dot com.


Saturday, 21 July. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ending Your Poems; 1:30-4 p.m. Advanced Poetry Workshop, Swindon. For further details, contact Hilda Sheehan at hildasheehan at gmail dot com.


Saturday, 15 September, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Publishing Your Poetry workshop; 2-3 p.m. reading. Ucheldre Arts Centre, Holyhead.

Saturday, 22 September. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Publishing Your Poetry, Part 1: Analyzing Magazines; 1:30-4 p.m. Advanced Poetry Workshop, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. For further details, contact Hilda Sheehan at hildasheehan at gmail dot com.


Saturday, 27 October. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Publishing Your Poetry, Part 2: Recordkeeping, Pamphlets and Books; 1:30-4 p.m. Advanced Poetry Workshop, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. For further details, contact Hilda Sheehan at hildasheehan at gmail dot com.


Friday, 9-Sunday, 11 November. NAWE Conference, York. I'll be presenting on a panel on Sunday morning.

Saturday, 24 November. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tilting the Poem: New Approaches to Common Themes; 1:30-4 p.m. Advanced Poetry Workshop, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon. For further details, contact Hilda Sheehan at hildasheehan at gmail dot com.

Tuesday, 4 December, 6:30 p.m. for 7 p.m. start. Society for Young Publishers fundraising reading with Lucy Ayrton and Kate Clanchy. Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford. Free for members of the Society for Young Publishers, £4 nonmembers, £3.50 students.

Tuesday, 11 December, 7:30 p.m. Reading and conversation with Robert Walton. Cardiff Literary Salon. Sherman Cymru, Senghennyd Road, Cardiff CF24 4YE. Free.




Saturday, 29 January 2011, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Young Writers' Squad, The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.


2-5 February 2011. Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference,Washington D.C. On Friday, 4 February, from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Harding Room of the Marriott Wardman Park, I'll speak on the panel, "Separated by a Common Language: Teaching on the Other Side of the Pond," with Kathy Flann, Philip Hartigan, Steve May, Patricia Ann McNair, and Mimi Thebo. On Saturday, 5 February, 10:30-11:45 a.m. in the Empire Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, I'll be presenting on a panel I organised, "The Poetry-Prose Dynamic, Internationally", with Jill Bialosky, Toi Derricotte, Tim Liardet, and Molly Peacock.


Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 7:30 p.m. Launch of Divining for Starters!Shearsman Reading Series, Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London.


Saturday, 19 February 2011, 1-4 p.m. Seminar on Barbara Guest, Bath. A private seminar on the work of 20th-century American poet Barbara Guest, limited to a maximum of eight participants.


Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7 p.m. Infinite Difference reading at theUniversity of East Anglia, Drama Studio, Norwich, with Anne Blonstein, Rachel Lehrman, Wendy Mulford, Frances Presley, Anna Reckin, and Lucy Sheerman. Free.


Friday, 25 February 2011. Jazz Poetry Feast with the Peter King Quartet and fellow readers Lorraine Mariner, Richard Douglas Pennant and Ross Sutherland, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London. Doors open 7.30 p.m., show starts at 9. £20.


Wednesday, 9 March 2011. Women's Poetry Hour at Bath Central Library in honour of International Women's Day with myself, Dikra Ridha, Linda Saunders, and Ruth Sharman. Introduced by Nikki Bennett and sponsored by Bath Spa University. Upstairs at The Podium, Bath. Free.


Friday, 11 March 2011. Women's Poetry Hour at the Michael Tippett Centre in honour of International Women's Day with Daisy Behagg, Nikki Bennett, Zoe Howarth, Dikra Ridha, Mimi Thebo. Introduced by yours truly and sponsored by Bath Spa University. Michael Tippett Centre foyer, Bath Spa University Newton Park Campus, Newton St Loe, Bath. Free.


Tuesday, 15 March, 8 p.m. Bath launch of Divining for Starters, Topping & Co. Booksellers, The Paragon, Bath BA1 5LS, (01225) 428 111. Introduction by Claire Crowther. £6 on the night/5 in advance with £6/5 off the book. Special £3 rate for Bath Spa University students and Topping's newsletter subscribers.


Saturday, 19 March, 2:15-3:15 p.m. StAnza Poetry Festival, Past & Present talks on poets. I'll speak on Barbara Guest, while Helena Nelson talks about Ruth Pitter. Council Chamber, The Town Hall, Queens' Gardens, St Andrews, Scotland. £3, £2 concs.


Sunday, 20 March, 11:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. StAnza Poetry Festival reading with Italian poet Antonella Adedda, Supper Room, The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, St Andrews, Scotland. £3, £2 concs.


Wednesday, 6 April 2011, 7 p.m. The Other Room reading series with Ken Edwards, Alec Finlay, and, by live stream, Derek Henderson, The Old Abbey Inn, 61 Pencroft Way, Manchester M15 6AY. Free admission.


Monday, 16 May, 8-10 p.m. Reading with Martyn Crucefix, Eve Grubin, Jennifer Martin, Geraldine Paine, Jacqueline Saphra, Roisin Tierney, and Robert Vas Dias,Coffee-House Poetry, The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road, London. £7, £6 concs.


Monday, 23 May [note date change from the 24th and time change from 7], 8 p.m. CB1 seriesThe Punter, 3 Pound Hill, Cambridge. £4/£3 concs.


Monday, 30 and Tuesday, 31 May. Poetry and flash fiction workshops for students at The English College in Prague.


Saturday, 4 June, 3 p.m. Poetry Wales reading with Richard Gwyn and Steven Hitchens. Hay Poetry Jamboree, Oriel Contemporary Arts, Salem Chapel, Bell Back, Hay-on-Wye. Free.


Tuesday, 14 June, 6-8 p.m. Reading with John Matthias and Peter Robinson. University of Notre Dame London Centre, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Wine and cheese reception. Free.


Saturday, 23 July, 7:30 p.m. Reading with Richard Douglas Pennant in conjunction with jazz pianist Huw Warren. The Ucheldre Centre, Millbank, Holyhead, Anglesey LL65 1TE.


Saturday, 15 October. Women's Erotic Poetry, Bath. Private day seminar, places limited.


Thursday, 8 December, 7:30 p.m. Bluegate Poets reading series, Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon SN1 4BJ. For an open mic slot, email organiser Hilda Sheehan at hsheehan at btinternet dot com. £4, £2 for Bluegate members.


June-December 2010


Thursday, 3 June, 8 p.m., Wurm im Apfel reading series, The Jam Factory Cafe and Studios, 134 James Street, Dublin.


Thursday, 17 June, 7:30 p.m. The Paragon Gallery, 24 Gandy Street, Exeter. £5, £3 concs. Those interested in reading in the open mic should contact organizer Rachel McCarthy at


Thursday, 15 July, 2-3:30 p.m. "Poetry & Gender," Festival of Women's Innovative Poetry and Cross-Genre Work, Greenwich University, King William building, room 315. This panel includes myself, Robert Hampson, Andrea Brady, and Sara Wintz on various issues arising in the work of innovative women poets; I'll be speaking about the rationale forInfinite Difference and briefly discussing its initial reception. This exciting festival will be bring together an array of performances and talks over three days, and the only cost is what you're able to donate; for a full schedule, see Openned 2.


Wednesday, 1 September, 8 p.m. "What Every Woman Would Carry: Women's Poetry Anthologies." The Poetry Library in London will host a panel on women's poetry anthologies, moderated by Jane Dowson and paneled by Carrie Etter, talking about Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, and Maura Dooley, editor of Making for Planet Alice: New Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 1997).


Thursday, 16 September, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Visit to Brown University to talk about my anthology Infinite Difference in the context of contemporary British poetries.


Thursday, 16 September, 5-7 p.m. Read/Write series with fellow reader Spring Ulmer, University of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island. Free and open to the public.


Thursday, 23 September, 7:30-10 p.m. Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Fringe, The Georgian Lodge Hotel, 25 Bridge Street, Bradford on Avon. I'll read with emerging poets James Davey, David Hale, Matthew Haw, and Frances-Anne King. There will be an open mic, too.


Tuesday, 5 October. A workshop with Marlborough College students.


Thursday, 21 October, 7 p.m. Ye Olde Starre Inn, 40 Stonegate, York. Sponsored by York University's student poetry society.


Monday, 1 November, 8 p.m. London Festival Fringe New Poetry Award reading,The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JA. Judges and shortlisted poets, including yours truly, read.


Saturday, 6 November. Titles & ConclusionsThe Poetry School, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute. A day seminar tackling the difficulties of poems' titles and endings.


Saturday, 13 November. National Association for Writers in Education annual conference, 12-14 November 2010, Cheltenham Park Hotel, Cheltenham. I'll be speaking with Bath Spa colleagues Mimi Thebo and Mike Johnston about the use of creative projects in undergraduate creative writing for enabling students to take writing out of the classroom in wonderfully various ways.


Saturday, 20 November, 10:30-4:30. Titles & Conclusions. The Poetry School, London. A day seminar tackling the difficulties of poems' titles and endings.


Thursday, 25 November, 7:30 p.m. The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.


Wednesday, 1 December, 7:30 p.m. Pamphlet party: the London launch of pamphlets by Matt Bryden (Night Porter, Templar), Claire Crowther (Mollicle, Nine Arches), and Carrie Etter (Divinations, Punch Press). The Lamb, 94 Lambs Conduit Street, London. Free.


Saturday, 4-Sunday, 5 December, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Art & Poetry Exhibition with visual artists Clare Day and Suki Kalsi and ceramicist Trevor Lillistone, 4 Summerfield Terrace, Bath.


Tuesday, 7 December, 1-2 p.m. Vital Signs reading series, University of Salford,Irwell Campus, Maxwell Building, Room 822. Free and open to the public. I'll also be giving a workshop for undergraduates that afternoon and visiting the MA workshop that evening.

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