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Photo of Sinéad Morrissey reading at the T S Eliot Prize Award Ceremony, January 2014 All event details are correct at the time of posting, but check the event websites for any last-minute cancellations or changes.

Pictured: Sinéad Morrissey reading from
Parallax at the T S Eliot Prize Award Ceremony, January 2014. Photograph by Adrian Pope
Thursday 19th October
'Do Not Interpret me Too Soon': The Poetic Life of Vernon Watkins: Ostreme Centre, Newton Road, Mumbles, Swansea: 8pm: More info TBC here
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Vernon Watkins. Richard Ramsbotham, the editor of Watkins' New Selected Poems will be giving a talk to celebrate the life and works of this remarkable poet

Friday 20th October
James Womack: Desperate Literature, Calle Campomanes, 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain: 8pm: More info here
James launches his latest collection On Trust: A Book of Lies

Saturday 21st October
Tara Bergin - Lit/Up, Bridlington Contemporary Gallery, 3 West St, Bridlington YO15 3DX: 5.15pm: More info here

Sunday 22nd October
Karen McCarthy Woolf: Manchester Literature Festival, Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW: 7.30pm: Book Tickets

Monday 23rd October
Gerry McGrath - Vertex Festival: The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride KA23 9AW: 5 - 6pm: Book Tickets

Vertex provides a rare opportunity to hear Gerry read from his work and talk about the people and places that have inspired him

Tuesday 24th October
Claudine Toutoungi: CB2 Cafe, 5/7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD: 8pm: Tickets £5/£4: More info here

Claudine will be reading with Mark Waldron. There will also be an open mic

Tuesday 24th October
Peter McDonald: CGS, 871 Comm Ave (Katzenberg Center, 3rd floor), Boston University USA: 6pm: More info
Peter will be reading with American poet Phillis Levin

Tuesday 24th October
Stephen Romer: The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, University of Oxford OX1 2HB: 5.30pm
Stephen Romer, the College’s new Royal Literary Fund Fellow for 2017-18, will be giving a reading from his newly published collection Set Thy Love in Order: New and Selected Poems. This event will be followed by drinks in the SNSC foyer. Booking is not essential but if you would like to attend, please email

Wednesday 25th October
Sasha Dugdale: The John Hewitt Bar, 51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH: 8 - 11pm: More info here
A reading to celebrate the birthday of Belfast-born poet John Hewitt, with Vona Groarke and Stephen Sexton

Friday 27th October
Peter McDonald: 2017 ALSCW Annual Conference, University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas USA: More info
Poetry reading with Sir Andrew Motion

Sunday 29th October
Vahni Capildeo - 'Walking Cities' at International Festival of Authors: Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8: 3pm: Book Tickets
Walking Cities brings together two authors, Dionne Brand and Vahni Capildeo, to exchange ideas related to identities, places and territories. The paired writers will discuss how various places have influenced their own writing and thinking. Hosted by Shawn Micallef. In partnership with the British Council Canada

Tuesday 31st October
James Davies - The Other Room Reading Series: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE: 7pm: More info here
Hear James read from his new collection stack

Wednesday 1st November
A Poetic Celebration of Joseph Conrad: Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX: 8pm: Book Tickets
An evening with poets highlighting the contemporary relevance of Joseph Conrad’s work and the Polish contribution to British, European and world culture featuring Karen McCarthy Woolf and Harry Gilonis

Thursday 2nd November
Adam Crothers - Tom Quinlan Lecture and Reading: Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, New York: 7pm: Book Tickets
The annual Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry with Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winner Adam Crothers

Friday 3rd November
Richard Ramsbotham - Do Not Go Gentle Festival, Swansea: 6pm: More info TBC here
Richard will be part of an event with Iain Sinclair to celebrate the life of Vernon Watkins

Saturday 4th November
Adam Crothers and Sinead Morrissey: Donaghy Theatre, 553 West 51st Street, New York: 5pm: Book Tickets
Adam and Sinead will be joined by Terrance Hayes

Saturday 4th November
Tara Bergin: Donaghy Theatre, 553 West 51st Street, New York: 2pm: Book Tickets

Saturday 4th November
Richard Price and Karen McCarthy Woolf at Poetry in Aldeburgh: Poetry School Reading, Peter Pears Gallery: 2:30-3:30pm: Book Tickets
4 poems by 4 poets to celebrate 20 years of the Poetry School

Saturday 4th November
John Clegg at Poetry in Aldeburgh: Peter Pears Gallery: 8:30pm: Book Tickets
Join John Clegg, Mary Livingstone and Jonathan Totman for a poetry open mic night

Saturday 4th November
Anthony Howell: The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, London N17 9AS: 7.30pm: £5 entry, then donation for refreshments – for performance and poetry events
Anthony celebrates his High Window Press publication, From Inside

Sunday 5th November
Karen McCarthy Woolf and Mimi Khalvati at Poetry in Aldeburgh: Jubilee Hall: 3-4pm: Book Tickets
Celebratory reading with Mimi Khalvati, co-founder of the Poetry School and 4 of her former students - Edward Doegar, Hannah Lowe, Maitreyabandhu and Karen McCarthy Woolf

Sunday 5th November
Kate Miller and John Clegg at Poetry in Aldeburgh: Jubilee Hall: 1.30 - 2.30pm: Book Tickets

Sunday 5th November
Rebecca Goss at Poetry in Aldeburgh: Peter Pears Gallery: 1.30 - 2.30pm: Book Tickets

Monday 6th November
Judith Willson: Sowerby Bridge, W. Yorkshire: More info TBC

Tuesday 7th November
Tara Bergin - The Print Room at The Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB
More information TBA here

Saturday 11th November
Moya Cannon - Poetry Workshop: Allingham Festival, Dorrian's Hotel, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal: 9am - 12pm: More info here

Saturday 11th November
Vahni Capildeo - Captain Beefheart Tribute: Bluecoat Gallery, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX: Book Tickets
An evening to celebrate the artistry of Captain Beefheart

Sunday 12th November
Jenny Lewis - Woodstock Poetry Festival: Oxfordshire: 2.30pm: More info here
Jenny Lewis, of The Poets House, Oxford introduces three new pamphlets by Adnan al-Sayegh, Sarah Watkinson and Gina Wilson followed by an open mic - please book ahead if you would like to participate

Sunday 12th November
Caroline Bird - Woodstock Poetry Festival: Oxfordshire: 4.30pm: More info here
With Keith Jarrett

Tuesday 14th November
Thomas McCarthy & Mary O'Malley: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE: 6.30 - 8pm: Free but book tickets here
Together with Carcanet Press, the Irish World Heritage Centre is delighted to host two fantastic Irish poets, Thomas McCarthy and Mary O' Malley, from Waterford and Galway, for a free joint reading from their work. This is a rare opportunity to bring together two established poets and to share their work with wider publics

Thursday 16th November
Rory Waterman: Literary Leicester, The University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH: 4.30 - 5.30pm: Book Tickets

Douglas Dunn and Rory Waterman will be reading from their current collections at what promises to be a unique poetry event

Saturday 18th November
Vahni Capildeo - Glasgow Women's Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow G40 1BP: 2 - 7pm: Book Tickets
A day of talks, readings and performances on shame and self-expression by Nuar Alsadir, Emily Berry, Vahni Capildeo, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Holly Pester and Aniela Piasecka

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th November
Mervyn Morris: Miami Book Fair: 300 N.E. Second Avenue (Freedom Tower, 7th Floor), Miami, Florida 33132: More info TBC here

Tuesday 21st November
Vahni Capildeo - 'Entropics' Reading Series at University of Southhampton
More information TBC here

Thursday 23rd November
Jorie Graham: The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH: 6 - 7.30pm: Free but booking required
This year’s 15th Rylands reading will be given by Jorie Graham. The event begins with a drinks reception from 5.15pm, followed by the poetry reading at 6pm

Friday 24th November
Gillian Clarke: Hay Winter Weekend, Swan Ballroom, Church Street, Hay-on-Wye, Wales HR3 5DQ: 3.30pm: Book Tickets
Gillian will be reading from her latest collection Zoology

Saturday 25th November
Vahni Capildeo - Peter Barlow's Cigarette reading: Waterstones Deansgate, 91 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW: 4-6pm: More info TBC here

Wednesday 29th November
Tara Bergin - Arvon Writers Course - 'Poetry, The Difficult Second Album': Lumb Bank: Book Tickets
Join Tara Bergin, Helen Mort and Bill Herbert on the challenges a poet can face as they progress through their career

Thursday 30th November
Moya Cannon: North West Words, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal: More info TBC here

Thursday 30th November
Judith Willson - Crossing the Mirror Line launch at The Book Case, 29 Market Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 6EU: 7pm
More info TBC here

Friday 1st December
John Greening: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 300 West 21st Street, Austin, Texas, 78712 USA: More details TBC
The author of To the War Poets will be discussing the work of Edmund Blunden

Monday 4th December
Vahni Capildeo - 'Creative Conversations' Series at University of Glasgow, University Chapel, Glasgow G12 8QQ: 1 - 2pm: More info here

Tuesday 5th December
Sinead Morrissey: The Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB

Wednesday 24th January
Vahni Capildeo - Goldsmiths Poetry Reading
More information TBC here

Tuesday 27th February
Vahni Capildeo at Lancaster University: 6pm
Part of the University's Visiting Writer's Programme, the event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided. More details tbc

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