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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
Monday 24th April
Miles Burrows: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW: 7 - 9pm: Free: Book Tickets
Miles launches his new collection Waiting for the Nightingale featuring readings from Nyla Matuk and Stephanie Warner

Monday 24th April
Rory Waterman - LeftLion presents WriteLion Poets: Rough Trade, 5 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AJ: More info here
Includes open mic segment

Tuesday 25th April
Eric Langley Raking Light London launch: Yorkshire Grey, 2 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PN: 6pm onwards with a short reading at 7pm: Free

Tuesday 25th April
Joey Connolly & Nyla Matuk: Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Cres, Bolton BL1 1SE: 6.30pm: Free
Part of Bolton University and the Bolton Central Library's Live Literature series

Wednesday 26th April
Sujata Bhatt: Books Upstairs, 17 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland: 6.30 - 7.30pm: Book Tickets
With Michael Augustin

Wednesday 26th April
Caroline Bird: Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton BL: More info TBC

Wednesday 26th April
Tom Pickard - The Shadow & The Substance: Nottingham Poetry Festival, Broadway Cinema, 14-18 Broad St, Hockley NG1 3AL: 5.30 - 7.30pm: Book Tickets
Tom will be reading his poetry and discussing notions of home with Rory Waterman. Followed by a screening of Tom's 1994 documentary The Shadow & the Substance

Wednesday 26th April
Diary of the Last Man launch: Stage Door, Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl CF36 3YW: 7.30pm: Free
Robert Minhinnick launches his latest collection Diary of the Last Man, followed by a screening of the film adaptation by Park6 Productions. Introduced by Cary Archard, founder of Seren Books

Wednesday 26th April

Martina Evans & Mary O'Malley: Cuirt International Festival of Literature, Galway, Ireland: 8.30pm: Book Tickets
With Vona Groarke

Thursday 27th April
Vahni Capildeo & Kei Miller at BOCAS Lit Fest: Kaiso Blues Cafe, 85 Woodford Street, Trinidad and Tobago: 7 - 9.30pm: Book Tickets
In conversation with Susannah Herbert, director of the Forward Arts Foundation, celebrating the vitality of contemporary Caribbean poetry. Followed by readings from other poets

Friday 28th April
Gregory Woods - LGBT Poetry and Social Change: Nottingham Poetry Festival, Edin's Patisserie Bar & Kitchen, 15 Carlton St NG1 1NL: 7 - 9pm: More Info
Gregory is joined by Rich Goodson and Milla Tebbs for a poetry reading to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act which decriminalised male homosexual acts in England and Wales

Saturday 29th April
Mervyn Morris UK tour
The former Poet Laureate of Jamaica Mervyn Morris is visiting the UK for a special round of events to celebrate the end of his laureateship, his new collection Peelin Orange, and his 80th birthday!
Breaking Ground in the Caribbean: Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J 9HD: 6 - 7.30pm: Book Tickets
Part of the Writers of the World Unite Festival with Hannah Lowe, Leone Ross and Linton Kwesi Johnson

Saturday 29th April
Tom Pickard: Dragon Hall, 115 - 123 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QE: More info TBC

Sunday 30th April
Vahni Capildeo at BOCAS Lit Fest: Old Fire Station, Trinidad & Tobago: 10 - 11am: Book Tickets
The Books That Made Me - Vahni and other authors discuss their key literary influences with Ayanna Gillian Lloyd

Tuesday 2nd May
Vahni Capildeo PEN America tour: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002 USA: 7 - 8.30pm
Power of the Arts: From Propaganda to Free Speech

Tuesday 2nd May
Mervyn Morris UK tour
The former Poet Laureate of Jamaica Mervyn Morris is visiting the UK for a special round of events to celebrate the end of his laureateship, his new collection Peelin Orange, and his 80th birthday!
Waterstones Bristol, 11A Union Galleries, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XD: 7pm: Book Tickets

Wednesday 3rd May
Mervyn Morris UK tour
The former Poet Laureate of Jamaica Mervyn Morris is visiting the UK for a special round of events to celebrate the end of his laureateship, his new collection Peelin Orange, and his 80th birthday!
John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH: 6 - 7.45pm: Free but register a place here
Mervyn will be introduced by Scottish Poet Laureate Jackie Kay

Thursday 4th May
Vahni Capildeo PEN America tour: Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282: 7pm
Poetry of Desire

Thursday 4th May
Mervyn Morris UK tour
The former Poet Laureate of Jamaica Mervyn Morris is visiting the UK for a special round of events to celebrate the end of his laureateship, his new collection Peelin Orange, and his 80th birthday!
George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN: 7pm: Tickets £10 - contact newbeaconbooks@btconnect.com or call 020 72724889
Join Mervyn Morris for an exclusive in-conversation with Kei Miller about his life and distinguished writing career from pre-independence Jamaica to post-colonial times

Friday 5th May
Peter Hughes & Rowan Williams: Magdalene College, University of Cambridge CB3 0AG: More info TBC

Saturday 6th May
Jane Draycott: Cheltenham Poetry Festival, St Andrew's Church, Cheltenham: 5 - 6pm: Book Tickets
Jane reads from her critically-acclaimed translation of the 14th century elegiac poem Pearl, and from her new collection The Occupant

Monday 8th May
Vahni Capildeo PEN America tour: The Residence of the Ambassador, Washington DC

Tuesday 9th May
Rory Waterman: Cheltenham Poetry Festival, The Muffin Man Ltd, Cheltenham GL50 3PE: 8.30 - 9.30pm: Book Tickets
Featuring Phil Bowen

Tuesday 9th May
Northern Poetry Symposium: Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR: 9am - 6.30pm: Book Tickets
A day of lively debates, panel discussions and inspirational talks featuring Carcanet MD Michael Schmidt & others

Wednesday 10th May
Alison Brackenbury at WordPlay: Square Chapel Arts Centre, 10 Square Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 1QG: 7.45pm: Book Tickets
Featuring Kim Moore & Wendy Pratt

Friday 12th May
Tara Bergin: Newcastle Poetry Festival, Northern Stage, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU: 4 - 5.15pm: Book Tickets
With Sophie Collins and Wayne Holloway-Smith

Saturday 13th May
Sasha Dugdale: Cheltenham Poetry Festival, St Andrew's Church, Cheltenham: 2 - 3pm: Book Tickets
Sasha discusses the art of translation with poet and translator Alistair Noon

Saturday 13th May
Sasha Dugdale: Cheltenham Poetry Festival, St Andrews Church, Cheltenham: 3.30 - 4.30pm: Book Tickets
With Kathy Towers

Saturday 13th May
PN Review at the Poetry Magazine Fair: Holy Redeemer Church Hall, 24 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE: 11am - 4.30pm: Free
A new addition to the annual Free Verse Poetry Book Fair - come to our stall and say hi!

Thursday 18th May
Sinead Morrissey: Great Hall, Queen's University Belfast, BT9 5BW: More info TBC
Sinead's official goodbye to Queen's before transitioning to the University of Newcastle. Sinead will read from her new collection On Balance

Thursday 25th May
Peter Hughes: Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN: 7.30pm: Free
With Kat Peddie

Saturday 27th May
Sinead Morrissey at poetryEast: London Buddhist Centre, 51 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0HU: 7.30pm: Book Tickets

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th June
Vahni Capildeo - INISH Island Conversations: Inishbofin Community Centre, Inishbofin Island, Connemara, Co. Galway: Book Tickets

Sunday 4th June
Caroline Bird: Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay St, Edinburgh EH3 9AX: More info TBC

Tuesday 6th June
Alison Brackenbury at Ledbury Poetry Festival: More info here

Tuesday 6th June
Karen McCarthy Woolf at The Print Room, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB: 7.30pm: Book Tickets
Featuring readings from Daljit Nagra and Kayo Chingonyi

Wednesday 7th June
Martina Evans: Salisbury Arts Festival, Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7RA: 8pm: Book Tickets
With Liz Berry, Richard Douglas Pennant, Stuart Silver & Marios Takoushis

Wednesday 7th June
Poetry London Summer Readings ft. Vahni Capildeo: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG: 7pm: Book Tickets
Poetry London celebrates the publication of its summer issue with readings from Emily Berry, Andrew McMillan & Rachael Allen

Friday 9th June
Sinead Morrissey: Cork City Gaol, Sunday's Well, Cork City: 8pm: Book Tickets
Sinead launches her new collection On Balance, introduced by Ireland Professor of Poetry Eilean Ni Chuilleanain

Friday 9th June
Mary O'Malley & Paula Meehan: Howth Literary Arts Festival, Howth Castle, Howth Demesne, Dublin: 6 - 7pm: Book Tickets
In conversation with Nerys Williams

Wednesday 14th June
Matthew Welton & Thomas A. Clark: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE: More info TBC here

Thursday 15th June
Jane Draycott & Jenny Lewis: Waterstones Cardiff, 2a The Hayes, Cardiff CF101WB: 7pm: More info here
An evening of poetry also featuring Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Friday 16th June
William Letford at Kendal Poetry Festival: More info TBC here

Friday 16th June
Sinead Morrissey & Tara Bergin at Belfast Book Festival: More info TBC here
Sinead and Tara will launch their new collections On Balance and The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx

Friday 23rd June
Vahni Capildeo at the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival: More info TBC here

Sunday 25th June
Moya Cannon at Cairde na Cruite International Harp Festival, An Grianan, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth
A reading featuring harpist Kathleen Loughnane

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

Saturday 1st July
Sinead Morrissey: Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim, Ireland: More info TBC

Sunday 2nd July
Vahni Capildeo - Refugee Tales: Walton on Thames to Kingston (8 miles): Full info here
Lunchtime event: St John's, Hampton Wick, Church Grove, KT1 4AL: 1.30 - 2.30pm
Evening event: All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston KT1 1JP: 7.45pm

Friday 7th July
Vahni Capildeo: Ledbury Poetry Festival: More info TBC here
A reading with Denise Riley

Saturday 8th July
Vahni Capildeo workshop: Ledbury Poetry Festival: More info TBC here

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: 7.15pm: More info TBC here

Wednesday 16th August
Thomas A. Clark: Edinburgh International Book Festival: 10.15am: More info TBC here
With Jim Carruth

Tuesday 22nd August
David Kinloch & Richard Price: Edinburgh International Book Festival: 3.30pm: More info TBC here

Friday 25th August
Sinead Morrissey: Edinburgh International Book Festival: 7pm: More info TBC here

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































































































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