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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
20th - 23rd September
Caroline Bird - International Poetry Festival of Rosario, Argentina
More details TBC


Thursday 21st September
The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2017: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX: 7pm: Book Tickets
Hear readings from the ten collections chosen by the Forward judges from poetry published in the UK and the Republic of Ireland over the last 12 months. Between the readings, see the nation’s most coveted poetry prizes awarded live on stage.

Tuesday 26th September
New Poetries VI Reunion with Rebecca Watts, Claudine Toutoungi, Joey Connolly, Adam Crothers, John Clegg, Judith Willson, Alex Wong and Eric Langley: Waterstones Gower Street, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ: 6.30 - 8.30pm: Book Tickets

Thursday 28th September
Vahni Capildeo - Poet in the City: L'Escargot Restaurant, 48 Greek St., Soho, London, W1D 4EF: 8:00am: Book Tickets
Poet in the City are hosting a National Poetry Day Breakfast to kick off the celebrations. Vahni will be joined by Jo Shapcott and Sabrina Mahfouz

Thursday 28th September
Caroline Bird - Literary Dundee, Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University, 1-3 Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HP: 7 -9pm: More info
Caroline continues her tour with Rachel McCrum

Thursday 28th September
Tara Bergin - Dublin Launch of The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx: Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1: 7pm: Book Tickets

Thursday 28th September
Owen Lowery, Claudine Toutoungi & David Morley - National Poetry Day Blackwell's Poetry Fiesta, Blackwells Bookshop, 51 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ: 12 - 6pm: Book Tickets
As part of this year's National Poetry Day celebrations, Blackwells is proud to present an all day Poetry Jamboree in their beautiful Norrington Room!

Thursday 28th September
Rory Waterman - Sarajevo Roses Launch: Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham: 7pm: More info here
Rory will be launching his latest collection Sarajevo Roses, alongside Kathryn Daszkiewicz and Andrew Taylor. The event is free but you must book tickets by contacting fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Friday 29th September
Caroline Bird: Flint and Pitch, The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh: 7pm: Book Tickets
Caroline Bird and Rachel McCrum continue their tour in Edinburgh

Saturday 30th September
Vahni Capildeo - 'Who goes there?' - Poetry Book Fair Masterclass, Conway Hall, London
Vahni Capildeo looks at how to navigate voice, identity and subject. More information and tickets available here

Saturday 30th September
Michael Schmidt - 'What gets found in translation?' - Poetry Book Fair Masterclass, Conway Hall, London: 11:30am - 2pm
More information and tickets are available here

Thursday 5th October
Film Screening of Robert Minhinnick and Eamon Bourke's Diary of the Last Man: Crickhowell Literary Festival, Crickhowell High School, New Road, Crickhowell: Book Tickets
Eamon Burke's film delves deep into the themes of Robert Minhinnick's poetry in search of the man himself

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

Saturday 7th October
Sinead Morrissey and Tara Bergin - Poetry Book Society Showcase, Durham Book Festival
More details TBC here

Monday 9th October
Sinead Morrissey - Manchester Literature Festival, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Bridge Street, Manchester M13 9PL: 7:30pm: Book Tickets
Sinead will be reading alongside Douglas Dunn and Vona Groake

Tuesday 10th October
Tara Bergin - Bristol Poetry Festival
More information TBC here

Thursday 12th October
Moya Cannon - Reading at American Conference of Irish Studies, Spokane, Washington State, USA
More info tbc.

Saturday 14th October
Caroline Bird - Manchester Literature Festival, Halle St Peters, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6BF: 2:30pm
Caroline will be reading alongside George Szirtes with music played by ANDCHUCK, a dynamic young jazz quartet. Tickets are free but booking is advised

Saturday 14th October
Vahni Capildeo at Poetry International Festival - Home is the Mouth of a Shark: Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX: 4:30-5:30pm: Book Tickets
From Homer to Warsan Shire, poetry has long explored the experiences of refugees and those forced to leave their homes. How can the powers of poetry deepen our understanding of the experience of those forced to leave, and restore our sense of shared humanity? Vahni will be joined by Athena Farrokhzad (Nordic Matters) and Chorman Hardi

Saturday 14th October
Michael Schmidt at Poetry International Festival - The Lives of Poets: Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX: 1:30-2:30pm: Book Tickets
From Hughes and Plathto Walcott and beyond, a panel of poets and literary experts discuss and debatehow important the lives of poets are when it comes to reading their work. Michael will be joined by Anne Carson and others

Sunday 15th October
Vahni Capildeo at Poetry International Festival: Royal Festival Hall Reading, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX: 3-4:30pm: Book Tickets
In a gathering of major international voices, this Royal Festival Hall reading transports the audience across the globe, and celebrates the transformative power of poetry. Vahni will be joined by Claudia Rankine, Arundhati Subramaniam, Joy Harjo, Sjon, Chorman Hardi, Yang Lian and Anne Carson

Sunday 15th October
Karen McCarthy Woolf at Poetry International Festival - Eco-Poetry, Poetry and Climate Change: Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX: 12-1pm: Book Tickets
Poetry has long been concerned with our relationship to the natural world, but how is it responding to the challenge of climate change. Karen will be joined by Sjon and Anne Carson

Monday 16th October
Alison Brackenbury at the Wellington Festival, Wellington Cricket Club, Haygate Road, Wellington TF1 2BW: 7:15pm: Book Tickets
Alison will be reading alongside BJ Edwards and Augustus Stephens

Monday 16th October
Tara Bergin - Manchester Literature Festival, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Manchester, M13 9PL: 8pm: Book Tickets
Tara will be reading alongside Collette Bryce, and the evening will be hosted by John McAuliffe

Tuesday 17th October
Karen McCarthy Woolf at Bristol Poetry Festival, The Mackay, Bristol
Karen will be reading alongside Rishi Dastadar. More info TBC here

Wednesday 18th October
Film Screening of Robert Minhinnick and Eamon Burke's Diary of the Last Man: The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London: Book Tickets
Caught by the River will be screening Eamon Burke's new film based on the newest poetry collection by Robert Minhinnick

Wednesday 18th October
Rory Waterman - 'Independant Voices' at Bloomsbury Festival, Lumen URC, London: 7:30pm: Book Tickets
Rory will be joined by Caroline Smith, Nicholas Murray, Sarah Chatwin, Mark Unwin and Jean Woollard.

Saturday 21st October
Tara Bergin - Bridlington Festival, Bridlington
More information TBC.

Friday 27th October
Vahni Capildeo - Finzi Lecture, University of Reading
Details TBC

Sunday 29th October
Vahni Capildeo - 'Walking Cities' at International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Canada
More info available here.

Tuesday 31st October
James Davies - The Other Room Reading Series: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
Reading for James's new collection stack. More details TBC here

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

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
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

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
Lorna Goodison at Sharjah International Book Festival, United Arab Emirates
More info tba here

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

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

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

Saturday 18th November
Vahni Capildeo - Glasgow Women's Library
More details TBC here

Tuesday 21st November
Vahni Capildeo - 'Entropics' Reading Series at University of Southhampton
More information 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 Bookcase, Hebden Bridge: 7pm
More info TBC here

Monday 4th December
Vahni Capildeo - 'Creative Conversations' Series at University of Glasgow
More information TBC here

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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