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Santa Monica, CA 19th June 2018

Red Hen Press Event at Annenberg Beach House: June 19

Time: 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Red Hen Press presents John Barr, Catherine Woodard, Lory Bedikian, Chloe Schwenke, and Bruce Bauman, with music by Nathan Barr for an evening of poetry at the Annenberg Community Beach House, starting at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served! The event is free. Please RSVP to

Kenilworth 20th June 2018 A Midlands launch of Songs for the Unsung at Kenilworth Books, Kenilworth, Warwicks. With Ann Alexander, Joy Howard, Merryn Williams and Pat Winslow. 6.30 � 8pm. 
Wirral 1st July 2018 An afternoon of readings
Sunday 1st July 2018  1.30-5.30pm
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfields Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL
Tickets: Free (Includes Tea)
Licensed bar
Our free  annual community poetry day is back, hosted by Kemal Houghton,  Nikki Bennett and Paul Harris. There will be time to share new poetry books and read new poetry, share poetry about Wirral�s parks and open spaces, with some poetry from the Festival�s 2018 Poetry Picnics and Green Spaces project. There are open mic spots, and we invite you to enjoy another �Poet�s Tea� with plenty of tea and cake!  Jackie Kay will join us to help with the presentation of prizes to winners of the Festival�s annual open poetry competition. For the open mics, there is no need to pre-book, names will be taken on the day or by show of hands
Wirral 1st July 2018 An evening with Jackie Kay
Sunday 1st July 2018  6-7pm
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfields Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL
Tickets: �12
Licensed bar
Jackie is a poet, novelist and playwright, with many distinctions including her current role as the third modern Makar (Scottish poet laureate). Jackie comes to West Kirby on Sunday 1st July to give a reading and book signing at the West Kirby Arts Centre. Join us to hear �one of Scotland�s most celebrated living writers� (The Spectator)
Limerick 3rd July 2018

The July 2018 ‘On the Nail’ Literary Gathering

Tues 3rd July 2018 at Chez le Fab, Arthur’s Quay Park, Limerick. Start 8pm

This month, our guests are Jaki McCarrick and Amanda Bell.

Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers. Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special.

Santa Monica 10th july 2018

Join us at Annenberg Community Beach House to hear readings by three award-winning Los Angeles-based poets, William ArchilaVictoria ChangJen Hofer, and a performance by musician Joanna Wallfisch. Reception to follow.

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America, Red Hen Press, and City of Santa Monica Beach=Culture series
Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 PM
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402

Wirral 12th July 2018 Pros and Coms
A journey across the Mersey

Thursday 12th July 2018  7pm for 7.30pm
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfields Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL
Tickets: �6
Licensed bar
A West Kirby Arts Centre Event
Pros and Coms, a Liverpool-based company of musicians, comedians and poets,  performs for the very  first time on this side of the water!  Join us as  they take us on a journey across the Mersey with an eclectic blend of improvised comedy, stand-up comedy, performance poetry and live music with performances from ImrpoQuo (Improvise sketch comedy group) Sian Davies (comedian), wordsmith and performance poet Ged Thompson and singer-songwriter Simon Mckelvie, hosted by Danny Ca
London 17th July 2018

Celebrating Nelson Mandela: His Letters, His Legacy

Description: English PEN hosts a special one-off evening to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela�s birth. Esteemed guests from the worlds of literature, politics, journalism and activism will come together to perform readings of original letters written by Nelson Mandela during his time in prison, many of which have remained unpublished until now.

Produced and directed by the award-winning Josette Bushell-Mingo, the evening�s stellar line-up will include journalist Gary Younge, poet Jackie Kay, writer and campaigner Zoe Wicomb, Ted Hughes Award-winner Jay Bernard, actor Kwame Kwei-Armah, and composer Errollyn Wallen.

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela will be published by Liveright on 10 July 2018. The book�s editor Sahm Venter and Nelson Mandela�s granddaughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, will also be involved in the evening�s celebrations.

This event will be BSL interpreted, please contact the Union Chapel with any access requirements.


Date/Time: Tuesday 17 July, 6.30pm (doors)

Venue: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN

Tickets: �25 | �15 concs | �75 VIP (includes reserved seating and exclusive drinks reception after the event)

Info & booking:

New York 28th 29th July 2018 New York City Poetry Festival
July 28th & 29th, 2018
11am - 6pm each day
Colonel's Row, Governor's Island
Free & open to the public