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London 22nd May 2017

PEN Atlas and Funhouse present: bodies, places and spaces

Monday 22 May, 7-9.30pm

The Book Club |100-106 Leonard Street | London EC2A 4RH

Swans, handsome cannibals, confronting the past in Latvia, censorship and imaginary boyfriends... Funhouse and PEN Atlas present a series of readings that explore body, borders and place. Hear the 'delicate rhythmic trip wires' of Kayo Chingonyi, whose collection, Kumukanda, will be published in June; Xiaolu Guo's searing and rebellious memoir, Once Upon a Time in the East, exploring the everyday peculiarity of China and the UK; Eli Goldstone's debut novel of 'savage tenderness', Strange Heart Beating; the bodily writing of Sophie Mackintosh, Jenna Clake and Susannah Dickey, whose work features in the third issue of Funhouse.

Tickets: �8 (includes a copy of Funhouse Magazine) | Booking:


London 25th May 2017

PEN Atlas presents: an evening with Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enriquez

Thursday 25 May, 6.30-8pm

Waterstone�s Islington | 11 Islington Green | London N1 2XH

Hear from two of the finest authors working in the Spanish language today. Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enriquez come together for a special PEN Atlas event at Waterstones Islington. Highly original and deeply unsettling, Samanta Schweblin�s Fever Dream is a haunting, modern parable. Schweblin�s work establishes a heightened sense of psychological tension, deftly handling ideas of trauma, and forgetting. Mariana Enriquez�s �wildly imaginative� short story collection, The Things We Lost in the Fire, carries traces of Borges, whilst remaining unequivocally reminiscent of Angela Carter. Gothic, unnerving and yet engrossing, Enriquez�s stories are fraught with violence and corruption, musing on desire, deception and the remnants of a dictatorship.

Tickets: �5 / �3 Waterstone�s card holders | Booking

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London 3rd June 2017

'Writing on the Wall: Can Poetry Save the Planet?'

A day of immersive eco-poetry, curated by Jay Ramsay, with some of Britain's leading poets.

Workshops, presentations and performance. With new and established poets, fans of poetry and more. We will build a vision of what the world might be, using poetry as a catalyst.

Saturday June 3rd, 10am - 5.30pm

St John's Waterloo, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

For more information & ticket bookings, see

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 (

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
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