the Poetry kit







Bristol 25th June 2019

On Tuesday June 25th 8.30 pm - there is the Berkeley Square Poetry Revue which features three excellent poets Dominic Fisher who has just launched a fine book of poetry, Deborah Harvey and Melanie Branton plus superb singer-songwriter Howard Silverman. Will be a great evening. Admission �2. This is at the Square Club Berkeley Square. 

Bristol 4th July 2019

On Thursday July 4th 8.00 - 9.30 the Lansdown Poets launches its pamphlet PLANET which features ten poems by ten poets and is superbly designed by Peter Milner. However we may choose to describe it, the ecology of planet Earth is the most important issue

of our time and we wish to add our concerned voice to the debate around this issue through this pamphlet. Joining us will be eco-performance poet  Kat Lyons and singers Sara Vian and Sarah Devereux. Proceeds from the sale of the pamphlet - priced at two pounds - will go to the eco-charity FRANK Water - and there will be a short presentation from a representative of this charity. Donations would be welcome. Venue is Boston Tea Party on Park Street and admission is free.
Limerick 5th July - 26th July 2019

The Limerick Writers' Centre Present

Lunch Time Poetry @ The Hunt Museum

July 5th / 12th / 19th / 26th 2018

1.00pm to 2.00pm

In association with the Hunt Museum 8 poets (2 per week) will give a reading in the Captain's Room four Fridays in July from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, readings will be preceded by a piece of music performed by local musicians.



5th   July              Steven Bond and Mary Lavery Carrig

12th July              Kathryn Crowley  and  Oran Ryan

19th July              Evelyn Casey and  Martin Vernon

26th July              Greg Carey and Aimee Levey


Admission is free. Patrons are advised to be in their seats five minutes before readings begin.

Contact Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 or Email for further information.


Manchester 19th July 2019

Manchester Poets with Steven Waling

Fri  19 Jul 2019

7.45 to 9:30 [doors open 7.30]

backroom of Chorlton Library Manchester Rd, Chorlton M21 9PN

• floor poets • All welcome £3 / £1


Guest poet:

Seán Body

Seán Body launches THE JOURNEY, his new collection of poems


The collection commences with a Manchester Sequence derived from a belief that a Celtic Settlement which existed prior to the Roman invasion, was called Mancenion, meaning ‘A Place of Tents’. The poems are spare: a set of brief cameos as might be experienced by an immigrant.


The subject of the title sequence is a serially abused child. But rather than dealing with abuse, the poems seek to celebrate the child’s resilience: a secretive innate rebelliousness which keeps alive her spirit, her sense of self, of being other; and finally her long journey to self-realization.


Other poems in the collection are wide ranging, from the deeply personal to the public – celebration, grief, war, disablement, the marginalized and the dispossessed — from delight at a longed for birth to the elegiac.


Seán Body’s poems have been praised for ‘tackling the most delicate subjects with great insight, imagination and sensitivity’; ‘a superb command of language…’; ‘an uncompromising commitment to look the painful, the disconcerting and the controversial squarely in the face… this unflinching attitude tempered with a gift for articulating that most difficult of human emotions, tenderness…’

‘Every word he writes, and not one of them out of place, is charged with the pain or joy of vivid memories or raw experience. We do not see Seán Body’s striking world of people and places as through a window; he takes us by the hand and walks with us there.’

‘His language is its own unsentimental and sensual music, rich, compassionate and precise.’

Of the sequence ‘A Place of Tents’ Graham Mort wrote:  ‘I liked especially the stripped down minimalism where every word seems essential to the individual poem and the wider structure. There’s a sense of silence or silences which fit in well with the focus on migration, abandonment and  absences.’

Manchester 4th Wednesday 2019

Manchester Poets Poetry Workshop

with Steven Waling & Fran Pridham

Wed  24 Jul 2019



backroom of Chorlton Library Manchester Rd, Chorlton M21 9PN

Please bring 10 copies of the short poem or extract that you would like to have discussed.

Manchester 20th July 2010

Summer Writing Day at the Art Gallery 

Saturday 20th July

10:30am - 4:00pm

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

£40 / £35 cons. Pay on the day by cash or cheque

Please note that the Art Gallery writing days are now run by The Poetry Business.  There is no need to book but if you can please do let us know you intend to attend by emailing Ellen at

This is a wonderful venue for a great day of writing from poems in the studio and from art in the gallery.  Bring a poem of your own for the supportive workshop in the afternoon or better still write one up from the morning session.  

Thank you to everyone for making the Art Gallery days such a joy to do -- at the same time so relaxed and yet so focussed.  A lot of this is down to the great mix of people, as well to as the excellent venue -- as one poet commented, 'working in the studio and galleries is really liberating', and the days are 'so much fun and so worthwhile'.

The next Manchester Gallery days will be September 14th and October 19th.

Ann & Peter Sansom

The Poetry Business

Campo House

54 Campo Lane


S1 2EG

Lydiate 22nd July 2019

Will Daunt will give a talk about Gerald Manley Hopkins' time and writing in Liverpool and Lydiate at the Village Centre, Lydiate L31 2LA at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 22 July 2019.
Copies of the book written by Will (cover price £6) will be on sale for £5, and subsequently at the full price on Amazon. There will be no admission fee, but those attending will be invited to make a donation to Hospice Africa

Forest of Dean 7th August 2019

On 7th August,  a free music and poetry event in my parents' garden nursery in the heart of the Forest of Dean.. The garden nursery is called Pygmy Pinetum. Do check out the website:

The event is the launch of composer Justin Nicholl's new symphony. 

Wye Valley Seasons celebrates the seasons in the Wye Valley. Justin will be accompanied by musicians and a choir. During interludes in the music, four Forest of Dean poets, including myself, will be reading poems connected to the seasons, nature and The Wye Valley.

Check Justin out: he's awesome!! Here's his website:

The event is free and food and drink will be provided, though all contributions to these are welcome. There will be two performances: one earlier and one later in the day. Please let us know if you are coming:.

Brixton 10th September 2019

'Where Words Meet Music� 
This is a 6 week creative course exploring the relationship between words and music. The course is led and curated by composer and vocalist Ben See. It will also include 4 guest tutors to share their various expertise and open new doors.
Through workshops and structured writing activities we will look at what poems and lyrics can learn from each other. This course is open to all, whether you're a poet looking to explore lyricism, a songwriter keen to extend the range of your lyrics, or a composer interested in setting text. This is an opportunity to explore new ground and play with different approaches in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

Session 1: 10.09.19
7pm-9pm @ The Brixton Pound
Introduction. Exploration. Workshop.

Session 2: 17.09.19
7pm-9pm @ The Brixton Pound
Guest tutor Gboyega Odubanjo (poet & spoken word performer)

Session 3: 24.09.19
7pm-9pm @ The Brixton Pound
Guest tutor Jade Cuttle (folk musician & poet)

Session 4: 01.10.19
7pm-9pm @ The Brixton Pound
Guest tutor Keiran Goddard (poet & pop music enthusiast)

Session 5: 08.10.19
7pm-9pm @ The Brixton Pound
Guest tutor Samantha Whates (songwriter & vocalist)

Session 6: 15.10.19
7pm-10pm @ The Brixton Pound
Conclusion & informal sharing

Tickets are �96
For more information, or to book a place email:

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