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Oxford 28th June 2017

�moments/that stretch horizons�: an international poetry symposium for practitioners
Wednesday 28 June 2017
10am-7.30pm (registration from 9.30-10) - including an evening poetry reading
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
�10/�7.50 (postgraduates) - includes lunch and refreshments
See the programme and book your place here:
Organized by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, the University of Reading's Department of English Literature, and the International Poetry Studies Institute, University of Canberra.
By focussing on one urgent theme in writing and two ongoing concerns with poetic form and production, this one-day symposium will take the temperature of poetry now. We will explore one theme current in contemporary writing, poetry about the environment, and two concerns of poetics: prose poetry and the lyric and poetry and publishing. Each panel set up to discuss these issues will be composed of a mixture of UK-based academics and writers and academics/poets associated with the International Poetry Studies Institute, Canberra (IPSI). Each panelist will give a short position paper on the topic, which may include some of their poetry, and then the floor will be opened up for discussion. The day will finish with a poetry reading by the poets taking part. For details of the panelists, please visit the Poetry Centre website: more information, please contact the organizers: Dr Niall Munro ( and Prof Steven Matthews (

London 7th July 2017

Poetry in Performance | PRAXIS 7
With performances by Sophie Seita with Erin Robinsong and Iris Colomb 
Friday 7 July, 7pm

�5 suggested donation | Booking required 

PRAXIS is an innovative live poetry series that seeks to bring experimental, digital, sound and visual poetry to Parasol unit. This series of events is curated by poet and musician Simon Pomery in association with the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre.

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Sale 8th July 2017 A Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary event in Sale.  Julia Deakin, Susanna Harding, Joy Howard, Janet Loverseed and Frances Nagle will read poems from all the Grey Hen anthologies on Saturday 8th July at Sale Library, Sale Waterside M33 7ZF.  2-4 p
West Kirkby 9th July 2017

Simon Armitage � reading and book signing Sunday 9th July, 2017  6.00-7.30pm
Simon will refer to Walking Home and Walking Away , but also read from his new collection of poems The Unaccompanied.

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL
Tickets �12

West Kirkby 9th July 2017

Community Poetry Day Sunday 9th July 2.00-5.30pm
Walk in Poetry Day!

2.00-3.30pm Open Mic Poetry and invited guest poets in two venues (three if more demand)

3.30pm Tea break
4.00-5.00pm Celebration of Poetry and Walking (outputs from the pre Festival workshops)
5.00pm Annual Poetry Competition Prize giving
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL
West Kirby Library, The Concourse, West Kirby CH48 4HX

Free admission. Please register to read using the online form
London 11th July 2017

Poetry Workshop Abstract Witness With poet & musician Simon Pomery

6:30 - 8:30 pm �8/6 (conc) � Booking required

Using the work of abstract painter Monique Frydman as a visual and sensual inspiration, you will be guided through a series of writing exercises designed to unlock your creativity. Engage with poems and texts that use abstract processes to 'witness' something new and exciting!

 Simon Pomery is a poet and record producer researching a critical PhD in experimental poetry at Royal Holloway. The workshops are currently co-produced with visual artists, Labern&Lloyd of the drawing shed.

Image credit: Simon Pomery| Website link:

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7490 7373

Hoylake 12th July 2017

Ian McMillan and Tony Husband  Wednesday 12th July, 201  7.30pm

A Cartoon History of Here
Hoylake Social Club, 11 Trinity Road, Hoylake CH47 2BR
Tickets �12

Glasgow 27th July 2017

A Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary event in Glasgow.  A C Clarke, Joy Howard,Mandy Macdonald, Anne B Murray, Helena Nelson and Sheila Templeton will read a selection of poems from all the Grey Hen anthologies at The Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy St, GL40 1BP. 2-4 pm.

Palmers Green 28th October 2017

Poetry in Palmers Green Reading Saturday 28th October 2017 � 6.45pm for 7.15 pm. Lovely warm welcoming venue. Come and hear poetry from: Maitreyabandhu, Ruth Sharman, Joan Michelson, Sonia Jarema and John Mackay PLUS music from Helios Consort @ Parish Centre St. John�s Church, Palmers Green, 1 Bourne Hill/corner Green Lanes, London N13 4DA.  *�5(�3.50 concs). * Books for sale *Refreshments * Book in early for open mic.* Contact Myra 020 8886 1329