Readings and events 2016


Brighton Poemathon: Sunday December 11, Komedia Studio Theatre, Brighton
60 poets read for 8 minutes each to raise funds for displaced people. I'm one of the organisers, will be one of the comperes. This is a non-stop 10 hour event. Each poet raises their own sponsorship. 

Back with the Aldeburgh Eight!
Saturday February 27
I'll read one, but this is a showcase evening for the eight poets who were selected for the prestigious Aldeburgh Eight scheme run by the Poetry Trust last year. It's at the Poetry Cafe at the Poetry Society Headquarters in Covent Garden at 7.30 pm

Handling pain
Saturday March 5
I'm running a poetry workshop in Cardiff for children with IBS to explore metaphors to express pain and the lifestyle changes they have to adapt to with this condition. It's for the charity CICRA.

Word and image
Thursday June 30
How Jane Fordham and I have worked together for nearly 10 years: an evening of images and words at the Red Roaster cafe in Brighton organised by PigHog, with Gary Goodman, Katie Sollohub. 

Species books at the South Downs Poetry Festival
Saturday July 16
A workshop on making species books for the new South Downs Poetry Festival. The event is at the Linklater Pavilion in the Railway Land nature reserve at Lewes, East Sussex. I'll be reading in the evening with John Davies, Janet Sutherland, Mandy Pannett and Patrick Bond. 

Royal Literary Fund
My Reading Round group for the RLF continues on Tuesday afternoons at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton. 

Making artist books - workshop series with Jane Fordham
Spring 2016
A series of three workshops 
A full day workshop
A cross-arts masterclass
The venue will be Fabrica Gallery in Brighton, dates to be confirmed. 


November 2015

I'm co-tutor with Peter Sansom of The Poetry Business in Sheffield, iconic publisher of The North, on the Aldeburgh Eight - a unique mentoring scheme for poets run by The Poetry Trust. So we'll be at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and then for a week, working with the eight poets intensively at Bruisyard Hall. 

10 October 2015

I'll be one of many people reading at this event. The poet Mandy Pannett edited the anthology and launches it in Brighton on October 10 at Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street, BN1 5PG, 6.30 pm - 9 pm. Doors and bar open at 6pmEntry is £5 for guests and all proceeds from ticket sales go to Médecins Sans Frontières, as well as £5 for every copy of the anthology sold.

September 2015

It was good to be part of Brendan Cleary and Gary Goodman's tour of Brighton. I read with Alex Brockhurst at the Earth and Stars pub on 23 September to an intimate audience upstairs, sustained by a beer whose name began with Grumpy. 

April 2015
Tuesday 7 April
In conversation with Mimi Khalvati

Saturday  25 April
Wenlock Poetry Festival, 11 am

June 2015

Sunday June 21
Aldeburgh Music, Poetry at the Pumphouse
with Tiffany Atkinson