Discomfort Zone!

A themed reading where over 20 poets have been challenged to write new poems about subjects they wouldn’t normally write about. Hosted by Roddy Lumsden, Kate Potts and Kayo Chingonyi.

More poets to be added anon, but so far we have:

Tim Wells (writing on ski jumping)
Claire Trévien (transistors)
Kayo Chingonyi (cigars)
Emily Hasler (gang warfare)
Kathy Pimlott (Benfica FC)
Kostas Chondros (dogging)
Rachel Piercey (aircraft engines)
Frith Taylor (corned beef)
Francine Elena (Nancy Spungen)
Ian Cartland (Smarties)
Alex Bell (father / daughter love)
Kate Potts (electronica)
Roddy Lumsden (Frida Kahlo)
Jon Stone (women’s hairdressing between the wars)
Sarah Fletcher (Harry Partch)
Luke Heeley (the menstrual cycle)
Richard Price (hate)
Cath Drake (Søren Kierkegaard)
Jasmine Cooray (Reggae Soundsystem Culture)

Friday, October 17 from about 7.30ish; £5
Betsy Trotswood, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL London

Top poets thrive on poetic forms

16 Poets have been mesmerised by metre and rallied by rhyme, we’ve been vying with villanelles and screaming over sonnets. For the last year we have been studying with the queen of poetic forms, Mimi Khalvati, at The Poetry School’s Versification class. Come and hear the results, as well as a set by Mimi and the World Premiere of Freedom Fighters, a verse drama by Natalie Maguire.

Presented by Gale Burns and Jill Abram with Cath Drake, Jan Heritage, Judith Cair, Susannah Hart, Harry Man, Matt Bryden, Helen Nicholson, Kathy Pimlott, Melanie Mauthner, Mona Arshi, Pam Johnson, Natalie Maguire, Vishvantara and Mimi Khalvati.

7.30pm (doors 7pm) £6/4
Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX

So Much to Write Home About

Archway with Words Festival

Five poets explore the concept of home: a place both real and imagined, journeys towards and away from home, exile and border-crossing, the process of finding and making home….With Kayo Chingonyi, Cath Drake, Kate Potts, Peter Daniels, Alison Winch
Monday 20th October, 8pm
FREE | FADS Community Hub, Archway Mall, 6 Junction Road N19 5TA


Plus I’m creating a zones of inspiration for writing on Sunday 19th October, 12-5pm
with intriguing prompts and inspiring materials to help activate your writing. For writers (active or aspiring) & for anyone who enjoys being creative! A drop-in event – stay for as long or little as you wish

FREE | FADS Community Hub, Archway Mall, 6 Junction Road N19 5TA


Homesickness and Exile

A good topic for an Aussie far from home. I have a poem in Emma Press’ new anthology, Homesickness and Exile, and I’m reading at the launch at the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall, 7pm – 10pm, with Alex Bell, James Coghill, Ellie Danak, John Froy, Holly Hopkins, Rachel Long, John McCullough, Cheryl Moskowitz, Selina Nwulu, Rachel Piercey, Vili Skarlopoulou and James Trevelyan
Free but you might want to buy an anthology, it looks pretty tasty


home sickness anthology