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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
Tuesday 27th June
Lorna Goodison: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY: 6pm: Book Tickets
The opening event of the new Jamaican Poet Laureate's UK tour to celebrate the beginning of her laureateship and the publication of her career-defining Collected Poems. Part of the University of Manchester's John Rylands Research Institute 'Archival Afterlives' conference programme.

Wednesday 28th June
Poetry Publishing Roundtable: John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH: 6 - 7.30pm: Register here
An informal discussion about the challenges and rewards of poetry publishing in the UK with leading experts Michael Schmidt (Carcanet), Peter Jay (Anvil Press Poetry), Robyn Marsack (University of Glasgow) and Deryn Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool)

Thursday 29th June
Elaine Feinstein & Tara Bergin: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 0RY: More info TBC here
Part of the John Rylands Research Institute annual conference - 'Archival Afterlives' focusing on archives relating to post-war poetry

Friday 30th June
Alison Brackenbury: Ledbury Poetry Festival: 5 - 6.30pm: Book Tickets
21 years of Ledbury Poetry Festival showcase and celebration

Saturday 1st July
Lorna Goodison - Lyrical Mehfil: Bradford Literature Festival: 7.30 - 10pm: Book Tickets
Scottish makar, Jackie Kay, headlines this spectacular evening of poetry, featuring an unrivalled line-up of artists that cuts across the cultural divide and brings together an eclectic range of poetic style and artistic voice from around the world. Accompanying Jackie Kay are Aviva Dautch, Raymond Antrobus, Jo Brandon, Lorna Goodison, Naeem Haider, Shazea Quraishi and Steven Camden aka Polarbear.

Saturday 1st July
Sinead Morrissey: Stoney Woods Festival, Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim, Ireland: More info here
With Monica Cornish & Teresa B. Lally

Sunday 2nd July
Mslexia - Meet the Poetry Editors: Ledbury Poetry Festival: 11am - 12pm: Book Tickets
Informal Q&A session featuring Carcanet and PN Review editor Luke Allen

Monday 3rd July
Lorna Goodison at Waterstones - 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ: 6:30pm Book Tickets
Lorna Goodison, the first female Jamaican poet laureate, continues her UK tour in London. Lorna will be introduced by Dr. Nathalie Teitler.

Thursday 6th July
Lorna Goodison: Newcastle University, Curtis Auditorium, Hershel Building, NE1 7RY: 6:30pm Book tickets
The new Jamaican Poet Laureate joins fellow Laureates Carol Ann Duffy and Jackie Kay (Scotland's Makar) for a night of poetry.

Friday 7th July
Vahni Capildeo: Ledbury Poetry Festival: 5 - 6.30pm: Book Tickets
A reading with Denise Riley and hosted by Ursula Owen

Saturday 8th July
Vahni Capildeo workshop: Ledbury Poetry Festival: 10am - 12pm: Book Tickets
This workshop builds on Vahni Capildeo’s continuing engagement with the late Guyanese revolutionary and enigmatic poet Martin Carter

Saturday 8th July
Sasha Dugdale: Ledbury Poetry Festival: 7.45 - 8.45pm: Book Tickets
Sasha introduces and talks about the research behind her Forward Prize-winning poem 'Joy' which will be read by Call the Midwife actress Linda Bassett

Sunday 9th July
Tara Bergin: Ledbury Poetry Festival: 11am - 12pm: Book Tickets
With Helen Mort

Wednesday 12th July
Set Thy Love in Order launch: Enitharmon Editions, 10 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL: 6.30 - 8.30pm: More info TBC here
Stephen Romer, whose New and Selected Poems is published this month by Carcanet, will be joined by Alan Jenkins, with his new collection of poems and translations, White Nights (Sheep Meadow Press) for a celebratory launch on the eve of Bastille Day

Wednesday 12th July
Vahni Capildeo at The Poetry Review Summer Issue Launch, The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX, 6:30pm
Vahni will be reading alongside Kit Fan, Allis Hamilton and Wayne Holloway-Smith. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Contact marketing@poetrysociety.org.uk to reserve tickets.

Monday 17th July
Anthony Rudolf & Elaine Feinstein: European Hours Launch, Waterstones, 82 Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6EQ: 6.30 - 7.30pm: Book Tickets
Join us for a glass of wine to toast two extraordinary writers and to celebrate the launch of Tony Rudolf's Collected Poems. Tickets include wine and are redeemable against books purchased

Thursday 20th July
Moya Cannon: Earagail Arts Festival, Damhlann an Ghleanna, Meenala, Gortahork, Donegal: 8pm: Book Tickets
A night of poetry and music with Paddy Glackin and Cathal O Searcaigh

Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th July
Caroline Bird: Port Eliot Festival, St Germans, Saltash PL12 5ND: More info TBC here

Thursday 10th August
Sinead Morrissey: Scottish Summer School, Edinburgh: More info TBC

Monday 14th August
Gillian Clarke & Lorna Goodison - Edinburgh International Book Festival: 7.15 - 8.15pm: Book Tickets
The former National Poet of Wales and the new Poet Laureate of Jamaica launch their new collections Zoology and Collected Poems

Wednesday 16th August
Thomas A. Clark - Edinburgh International Book Festival: 10.15 - 11.15am: Book Tickets
Thomas reads from his new collection Farm by the Shore with Jim Carruth who will read from his second poetry collection Black Cart

Wednesday 16th August
Adam Crothers at Fenspeak, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU: 7pm
Part of a series of open-mic nights in Ely. Adam will be reading from his debut collection Several Deer. More info here.

Saturday 19th August
William Letford - Edinburgh International Book Festival: 12.30 - 1.30pm: Book Tickets
Luke Wright guides us through 350 topical years of Poets Laureate – from Dryden to Duffy – as five brilliant contemporary poets perform their work and make a bid for a Laureateship of their own choosing. Featuring William Letford, Kayo Chingonyi, Jenny Lindsay, Richard Osmond and Deanna Rodger

Monday 21st August
Moya Cannon: Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil

Tuesday 22nd August
David Kinloch & Richard Price - Edinburgh International Book Festival: 3.30 - 4.30pm: Book Tickets
Chaired by Stuart Kelly

Tuesday 22nd August
Moya Cannon: University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Friday 25th August
Sinéad Morrissey - Edinburgh International Book Festival: 7 - 8pm: Book Tickets
Sinéad reads from her new Forward Prize-shortlisted collection On Balance with Michael Symmons Roberts who will be reading from his collection Mancunia

Thursday 31st August
Caroline Bird: Sheffield Wordlife: More info TBC here

Saturday 2nd September
Caroline Bird: Hebden Bridge: More info TBC

Thursday 7th September
Caroline Bird: Verse Clique, Roundhouse, London: More info TBC

Saturday 9th September
Caroline Bird: Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West Street, Bristol BS2 0DF: More info TBC

Saturday 16th September
Owen Lowery: Nairn Book Festival, Inverness, Scotland: More info TBC here

Thursday 28th September
Caroline Bird: Literary Dundee: More info TBC

Friday 29th September
Caroline Bird: Flint and Pitch, Edinburgh:More Info TBC

Saturday 30th September
Caroline Bird: Wigtown Book Festival: More info TBC here

Saturday 7th October
Trinity Poets launch: Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TQ: More info TBA

Monday 16th October
Alison Brakenbury at the Wellington Festival, Wellington Criket Club, Haygate Road, Wellington, TF1 2BW, 7:30pm: Tickets here.
Alison will be reading alongside BJ Edwards and Augustus Stephens.

Thursday 12th October
Moya Cannon: American Conference of Irish Studies, Spokane, Washington State, USA

Thursday 9th November
Moya Cannon: Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal: More info TBC here

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



























































































































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