Launch of The Skin Diary

Wednesday 29th June 2016

at The Pitcher and Piano, 3-5 Church Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1HT

from 7.00pm.


With readings by Abegail Morley and special guest poets Mara Bergman, Robin Houghton and Jeremy Page.


Abegail Morley’s The Skin Diary confronts loss in its many forms with astonishing clarity, an incandescent thread running through every line that makes each alive with fierce and steely energy.


Join us to celebrate this new collection of poems.

Free entry. All welcome



Ledbury Poetry Festival

South Africa Spotlight: Isobel Dixon, Gabeba Baderoon and Toni Stuart

Sunday 3rd July

6pm – 7.30pm with a short interval

Burgage Hall, Ledbury - £9


Toni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator. Most recently she collaborated with the flamenco company dotdotdot dance as part of the Sadler's Wells Wild Card Nights. She will be reading work from "Krotoa-Eva's Suite - a cape jazz poem in three movements" - a collection she is currently working on, which tells the largely unknown story of the 17th century Khoi woman Krotoa-Eva who played a significant role in South Africa's history during the time of the first Dutch settlers.

Gabeba Baderoon is an award-winning poet and scholar and the author of the poetry collections, The Dream in the Next Body and A Hundred Silences, and the monograph Regarding Muslims: from slavery to post-apartheid. She says, “I have been working on a new collection of poems, tentatively titled Axis and Revolution. They feel still tender, with new skin, and I will share some of them with the audience at Ledbury. The poems in the collection speak of losing love and memory and the fragile apparatus of identity on which we hang so much.”

Isobel Dixon’s A Fold in the Map and her new collection Bearings have poems which relate to South Africa, the history of patients and political prisoners on Robben Island, poems about the damage of apartheid, the horror of state sanctioned assassination by police and a short poem about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Common themes for discussion at this fascinating event are politics and apartheid history, parents and love, of course!


Sponsored by The Foyle Foundation

Buy tickets here





Ledbury Poetry Festival

How to Get Your Poetry Published

Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th July

10.30am – 5.30pm

Old Cottage Hospital, Ledbury.



Want to get your poems published but not sure where to start? Do you have a poetry collection or pamphlet waiting for its big chance? This two-day workshop with Jane Commane (editor at Nine Arches Press) is designed to demystify the poetry publishing process and equip you with the knowledge and confidence to get your work out there and find the right publisher for you.


Each day of this workshop will involve both tutoring and practical exercises. Please bring one poem that you are happy to share with the group.


Day one involves an introduction to the world of poetry publishing and the various outlets for publishing your poetry. The second part of the workshop will help you to avoid common pitfalls with your poetry and take a fresh look at your work. Find out how to tackle clichés, repetitive techniques and other common faults in poetry collections. There will also be comprehensive advice on how to build a profile for your work in magazines, journals, and online. This workshop will equip you with the knowledge to become a more confident and visible poet and a more capable self-editor, able to objectively tackle the problems common in poetry manuscripts. Participant feedback: “Finally, been able to get thorough & accurate information about publication. Been looking for this for years. Presented in a lively, engaging & inspiring style. Thank you.”


Book your tickets here.




Ledbury Poetry Festival:

Heath by Penelope Shuttle and John Greening

Friday 8th July 6pm – 7pm

Burgage Hall

£12 (to include a celebratory glass of cider)

Heathrow Airport landed, in the early 1940s, as if from outer space, on the ancient common land of Hounslow Heath. In Heath John Greening and Penelope Shuttle transcribe and review the conflicts of modern life, of finding an equilibrium between the excitements of travel and the benefits of trade, and the continuing desecration of the natural landscape. In addition there is a personal connection, as both poets were born and raised within sight and sound of Heathrow Airport. As discussion continues about the third runway, two poets move between Heathrow's past, present and future, as they cross and re-cross the Heath.


Sponsored by Jo Kingham

Book your tickets here




Moseley Festival 2016

Cannon Poets Present: David Hart

7.30pm to 10.00pm, Thursday 7th July 2016


Orange Room, The Moseley Exchange, Post Office Building,

149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley Birmingham B13 8JP


Former Birmingham Poet Laureate Presenting his ‘Library

Inspector’ with Adrian Blackledge, Current Birmingham Poet Laureate, reading from his recently published book ‘Inkling’


Admission £5.00 per person on door




Cafe Writers: Norwich

Monday 11th July at 7.30pm


Take 5, 17 Tombland, Norwich NR3 1HF

Featuring poets: Isobel Dixon, Abegail Morley and Julia Webb (Nine Arches Event)


Café Writers presents to you…. a Nine Arches Press special! This is a monthly readings of poetry and prose of extremely high quality in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. There are also open mic slots every month so do come along and share something of your own.


Tickets: £2.00




The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press invite you to help us celebrate:

Oxford Launch for PRIMERS: VOLUME ONE

Selected by Kathryn Maris and Jane Commane

Poetry by: Geraldine Clarkson • Maureen Cullen • Katie Griffiths • Lucy Ingrams

Monday 11th July 2016, 7.30pm


With selected readings by the poets from Primers: Volume One


In 2015, The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press launched a nationwide scheme to find exciting new voices in poetry with Kathryn Maris and Jane Commane as selecting editors. After reading through hundreds of anonymous entries, and narrowing down the choices from longlist to shortlist, a final four poets emerged as clear choices...


£2.00 tickets

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Nine Arches Press Crystal Clear Creators and The Centre for New Writing present:

Leicester Shindig open mic

Monday 18th July from 7.30pm

The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA


Guest Poets: Claire Walker and David Clarke. more tbc.


Free entry - sign up on the door for open mic.


Other Leicester Shindig 2016 dates for your diary:


Mon 19th Sep

Mon 21st Nov





Birmingham: Poetry Bites

Tuesday 26th July 2016

At the Kitchen Garden Cafe, 17 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA


Guest poets: Daniel Sluman and David Clarke

7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)

“One of the top 10 venues for poetry in the UK” (Susan Richardson, Radio 4).


Tickets on door or by email from (07971 018 825). Food served from 6.30, readings start at 7.30.


Tickets: £5 (£4 Conc.)









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