Innovative Poetry Readings in London

Welcome to the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre’s regularly updated listings of events on London’s innovative poetry scenes.

During 2020–21, many poetry venues and organisers moved their events online due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Some have now returned to in-person events, while others continue to host events online. Innovative Poetry Readings in London is therefore listing both online and in-person events for now (restricting online events to those involving London-based poets, venues or organisations).

If venturing out to an event, remember that COVID-19 is still rife throughout the UK, and please:

  • Take every precaution to safeguard your health and that of others.
  • Check the event organiser’s website before you travel, to confirm that the event has not been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.
  • Make sure you are informed about the venue’s COVID-19 precautions.

To add an event to this listings page, please email us at cprc.readings@gmail.com, or contact us via Facebook.

Key for colour coding:

Blue: In-person event.
Pink: Online event.
Green: In-person with simultaneous online broadcast.

Ongoing exhibitions and shows

Until Sun 26 September, Fri and Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm.Sea Re-Connection: Exhibition by artists Miles Taverner and Darren Hewitt, and poet Clarissa Ackroyd, exploring London’s connection via the Thames to the sea. Le Sorelle river barge, South Quay, Canary Wharf E14 9SG. Free, no booking required.
Until Sun 26 September, Tue-Sat 3pm-7pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.Osmosis: Experiments in Permeability: Art exhibition featuring film poetry by Jane Glennie and textual art by Robert Good, plus more art by Tom Hackett, Belinda Mitchell, Eileen White and Julian Woodcock.Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green E2 7DG.Free, no booking required.
Until Sat 2 October, Wed-Fri 12pm-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm.Saa Ñu’ú / Birds Clay: Sound installation by artist Jorge Martínez Valderrama, Mixtec poet Nadia Ñuu Savi and Mixtec musician Luis Fernando García Acevedo, exploring soundscapes of southern Mexico. UK Mexican Arts Society, 96 Chalton Street, Somers Town NW1 1HJ.Free, no booking required.
Until Sun 3 October, Sat-Sun 12pm-6pm.Over the Fallow Flood: Exhibition of texts, performances, audio and sculptures by Carl Gent, inspired by Cynethryth, 8th-century Queen of Mercia. Includes a live performance at 3pm on Sun 3 October.Jupiter Woods Gallery, 61 Rollins Street, South Bermondsey SE15 1EP.Free, no booking required.
Until Sat 16 October, Tue-Sat 7.30pm.Joe Strummer Takes a Walk: English-language staging of Juan Alberto Salvatierra’s play about punk musician Joe Strummer’s search for the grave of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.Cervantes Theatre, Arch 26, Old Union Street Arches, 229 Union Street, Southwark SE1 0LR.£25/£22/£18, booking required.
Until Sun 12 December, Tue-Sun 11am-6pm.Phantoms of Surrealism: Exhibition of art and archive material by women and non-binary Surrealist artists who worked in Britain, including artist-poets like Claude Cahun and Ithell Colquhoun.Whitechapel Gallery, 77 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX.Free, booking required.
Until Sun 12 December, Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm.Eugenio Dittborn: Airmail Paintings: Exhibition of mail art by Chilean textual artist Eugenio Dittborn.Goldsmiths CCA, St James’, New Cross SE14 6AD.Free, no booking required.
Until Fri 31 December.Photo Poetry Surfaces: Exhibition of photo poetry featuring work by Astra Papachristdoulou, SJ Fowler, Sophie Herxheimer, Silje Ree, Sarah Cave, Tom Hicks, Dragana Jurišić, Chris McCabe, Laurent Chevalier, Vik Shirley, Jamila Lyiscott, Bård Torgersen, Amak Mahmoodian, James Knight, Paul Hawkins and Liz Berry.Online for Bristol Photo Festival.Free, open access.
Until Sun 9 January 2022, 10am-5.30pm each day.Landscape and Language in Artists’ Books: Display of artists’ books on the themes of landscape and language.Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL.Free; you must book timed entry for the museum.

September 2021

Saturday 25 September

12pm-12am.Without Reduction: 12-hour radio broadcast marking the final issue of The Happy Hypocrite magazine, featuring dozens of experimental writers and artists including Sophia Al-Maria, Erica Scourti, Huw Lemmey, Holly Corfield Carr, Sophie Jung, Amy Lam, Joanna Walsh, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Richard Birkett and Lisa Robertson.Online on Resonance Extra.Free, no booking required.
5pm.Poems of Sisterhood and Solidarity: Readings of new poems on themes of sisterhood and solidarity by Amaal Said, Safiya Kinshasa, Sarah Lasoye and Warda Yassin.Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
7pm.Writers & Migrants: Marilyn Chin, Jennifer Wong, and Mary Jean Chan discuss the challenges that poets face as migrants. Chaired by poet Robert Hampson.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.
7pm.PoetryEast: Hannah Lowe reads her poetry and discusses the role of race in her work.London Buddhist Centre, 51 Roman road, Bethnal Green E2 0HU; also online via YouTube.£10 in person, booking required; free online with no booking required.

Sunday 26 September

1pm.Visions of the Future: Poet Harry Josephine Giles and novelists Tade Thompson and Temi Oh discuss how science fiction imagines and challenges future society.Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
3.30pm.Taking a Stand: Writers on Solidarity: Poet So Mayer, artist Tice Sin and writers Max Porter and Kit de Waal discuss the importance of solidarity between writers.Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
5pm.The Politics of Translation: Poets Sasha Dugdale and Meena Kandasamy, plus novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, discuss the possibilities and limits of international writing and translation.Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
7.30pm.Dead Women Poets Seance: Poets Helen Bowell and Jasmine Simms, with artist Lily Arnold, discuss their work on the Dead [Women] Poets Society event series, where women and non-binary poets respond to the work of their forebears.Online for the WayWORD Festival in Aberdeen.Free, booking required.
8pm.Experimental Poetics: Poets Marilyn Chin, Jane Wong, and Jay G Ying discuss their use of experimental forms. Chaired by poetry scholar Dorothy Wang.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.

Monday 27 September

Mon 27 – Thu 30 September, talks released at either 4pm or 8pm each day. Can We Talk about Power?: Cultural thinker Suzanne Alleyne hosts talks and discussions on the nature of power. Speakers include poet Roger Robinson and poet-novelist Margaret Atwood, plus neurologists Lisa Feldman Barrett, Jerome Lubbe and Tim Rittman, physician Joy Jones, and arts organisers Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Howard Jang and Ry Moran.Online for the Barbican Centre.£10 (£5 for students), or £15 with a ‘Power Notebook’ of additional activities.

Tuesday 28 September

Tue 28 September – Sun 17 October.Susan Morris: Ongoing Work: Exhibition of tapestries by Susan Morris, based on John Cage’s poem Lecture on Nothing.Bartha Contemporary Gallery, 7 Georgian House, 10 Bury Street, St James’s SW1Y 6AA.Free, open by appointment only.
1pm.Poetry & Society: Laura Jane Lee, Natalie Linh Bolderston, and Cheng Tim Tim read their poetry and discuss how poetry relates to society. Chaired by poet Sarah Howe.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.
6pm.Cultural Hybridity: Poets Will Harris, Jay G Ying and Helen Bowell discuss hyphenated identities and living between cultures.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.
6.30pm.London Clay: Journeys in the Deep City: Poet Tom Chivers discusses his new, psychogeographical book London Clay.Stanfords, 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden WC2H 9FA.£5, booking required.

Wednesday 29 September

11am-12.30pm (repeated at the same time each Wednesday until Wed 27 October).TS Eliot The Waste Land Centenary Tour: Rick Jones leads a guided walk exploring locations in TS Eliot’s long poem The Waste Land.Meeting point: Blackfriars Underground, Queen Victoria Street, City of London EC4V 4DD.£10, booking required.
6pm-9pm, then at the same time weekly until Wed 1 December.Evening where Drawing Meets Words: Sophie Herxheimer and Emily Haworth-Booth lead a 10-week course on combining drawing, poetry and collage.Online for the Royal Drawing School.£250, booking required.
12pm.The Influence of Colonialism in Art Practice: Discussion of the intersection of colonialism and art, featuring poet Khairani Barokka, and scholars Janine Francois and Hiroki Yamamoto.Online for the Daiwa Foundation.Free, booking required.
6pm.On Hannah Arendt: Virtual Reading Group – ‘The Crisis in Culture’: Roger Berkowitz of the Hannah Arendt Centre leads a reading group on Hannah Arendt’s essay ‘The Crisis in Culture’, with an introductory presentation by poet Ann Lauterbach.Online, via Zoom for Richard Saltoun Gallery.Free, booking required.
6.30pm.Banned Books Week 2021: Poetry in Protest: Poets Ko Ko Thett and Choman Hardi discuss how poetry can inspire, unite, and mobilise protest movements.Online for the British Library.Free, booking required.

7.30pm.Kelly Jayne Jones + Chora + Food People + The Heads and the Golds: Experimental music by Food People (whose members include poets Lila Matsumoto and Greg Thomas), plus Kelly Jayne Jones, Chora, and The Heads and the Golds.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£12 advance, £14 on the door.
7.30pm.21-22 Poetry @ Home: Poetry with London’s Cheryl Moskowitz, Bryony Littlefair and Kandace Siobhan Walker, plus Abeer Ameer, Liam Bates, Shruti Chauhan and Kim Moore. With live captions.Online, via Zoom.Free, booking required.

Thursday 30 September

6.30pm.Man of Words & Music: Shake Keane (Part II): Tribute to Vincentian poet and musician Shake Keane, with Keane’s biographer Philip Nanton reading Keane’s poetry, plus music from Henry Lowther and Dave Green.Vortex Jazz Club (Downstairs), 11 Gillett Square, Dalston N16 8AZ.Free, booking required.
6.30pm.80 Years since Babyn Yar: Ukrainian-Jewish Shared Past in Literature: Poets Marianna Kiyanovska and Borys Khersonskyi read and discuss literary commemorations of the 1941 Babyn Yar massacre in Ukraine. In Ukrainian with English translation.Online for the Ukrainian Institute.£5, students £3, booking required.
7pm.Hazel Press Launch: Launch event for Hazel Press poetry books, featuring Katrina Naomi and Helen Mort reading from their collaboration Same but Different, and Belinda Zhawi, Ella Duffy, Maggi Hambling and Georgie Henley reading from O, an anthology about erotic pleasure.Online for the London Review Bookshop.£15/£10/£5 (pay what you can), booking required.

October 2021

Friday 1 October

7pm.Family History: Poets Shirley Lim, Jennifer Lee-Tsai, Hannah Lowe and Kit Fan discuss how their childhoods and family histories inform their writing.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.

Saturday 2 October

Sat 2 and Sun 3 October, times TBC.“Dreaming into Reality” International Conference: Conference about legacies of the surrealist movement in writing, art and media.Online for the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research.£90, booking required.
11am.Breaking Down Stereotypes: Poets L Kiew, Joshua Ip and Annie Fan discuss how poetry can help break down stereotypes and promote equality. Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.
1pm.Voices in Hong Kong: Reading and discussion with Hong Kong poets Eddie Tay, Jason EH Lee, Louise Leung & David McKirdy.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.
3pm.Marine Lovers… their fishy beginnings: Sound performance by artist Zoë Marden in collaboration with sound artist Mohammed Rowe and performers Imogen Alvares and Pierre, exploring Astrida Neimans’ text Bodies of Water.V.O Curations, 56 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2YZ.£10, booking required.

Sunday 3 October

Sun 3 October – Sat 13 November. Live Poetries and Performance: SJ Fowler leads a six-week course on creating sound poetry, dance poetry, video poetry and theatre poetry, inspired by writers and performers like Elaine Mitchener, Bob Cobbing, bpNichol and Maja Jantar.Online for Poem Brut.£200, booking required.
12pm.The Mapping of Desire: Poets Nicholas Wong, Lady Red Ego and Jinhao Xie discuss the role of gender and sexuality in their work. Chaired by poet Annie Fan.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.
2pm.Found in Poetry: Language, Home & Self: Poets Mary Jean Chan, Nina Mingya Powles and Theophilus Kwek discuss how they translate and articulate themselves as bilingual writers.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.
7.30pm.Bernardine Evaristo: Manifesto: On Never Giving Up: Poet and novelist Bernardine Evaristo launches her new book Manifesto: On Never Giving Up.Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£15-£25 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
7.30pm.Dan Haywood Band: Performance by singer-songwriter and poet Dan Haywood and his band.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£12 advance, £14 on the door.

Monday 4 October

7pm.In Praise of Still Boys: Poet Julianknxx discusses In Praise of Still Boys, his film installation about growing up in Sierra Leone, which will be on display at the venue.180 Strand, Temple WC2R 1EA.£11.37/£5.98/£2.74 (pay what you can), booking required.
7pm.Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry: Readings and discussion to launch the anthology Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry, featuring Paul Maddern, Michael McKimm, Leeanne Quinn and London’s Cherry Smyth.Online for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Libraries.Free, booking required.
7.30pm.Surrealism and Crime: Jonathan P Eburne lectures on the influence of crime on Surrealist literature and art.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£4-£11.04, booking required.
8.30pm.Boat Ting: Poetry with Jah-Mir Early, and music by Hannah Marshall and Friends, Alex Ward, and Steve Beresford and Blanca Regina.Bar & Co., Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, Temple WC2R 2PN.£8/£5 on the door.

Tuesday 5 October

Tue 5 – Fri 8 and Wed 13 – Thu 14 October, different times each afternoon.Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1945 to Now: Conference on the collage in British art, literature and film from the mid-20th to early 21st century. Includes literary papers by Nicola Simpson on Dom Sylvester Houédard (on Wed 6), and by Leila Nassereldein on Humphrey Jennings (on Thu 14).Online for the Paul Mellon Centre.Free, booking required (different sessions bookable separately).
1pm.Women who Write: Tammy Ho, Belle Ling, Claire Cox, and Cynthia Miller discuss their experiences as women poets in the Chinese diaspora. Chaired by poet Jennifer Wong.Online for the Poetics of Home festival.Free (donations welcome), booking required.
7.30pm.Daniel Sluman’s Online Launch of single window: Daniel Sluman reads to launch his new poetry collection single window. Plus more poetry from Khairani Barokka and Melissa Lee-Houghton. With live captions.Online, via YouTube for Nine Arches Press.Free, booking required.

Wednesday 6 October

Wed 6 October – Sun 19 December, 6pm, Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.Estorick Collection Uncut: Exhibition of the venue’s collection of Futurist and modernist Italian art, including work by painter-poets like Giacomo Balla, plus Futurist manifestoes and journals.Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, Islington N1 2AN.£7.50/£5.50, students free; booking required.
6pm.Europa: Screening of poet-artists Stefan and Franciszka Themerson’s rediscovered and restored 1931 film adaptation of Anatol Stern’s modernist poem Europa. Part of the London Film Festival.BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XT.Booking required; pricing information here.
7pm-9pm. Herstories Book Club: Reading group discussion of the Ginkgo Prize Ecopoetry Anthology 2020. Online, via Zoom for the Feminist Library.Free, £5 recommended donation; booking required.
7pm-9pm.Climate Writing Group: Writing for a Change: Information and writing group for writers of any genre responding to climate change, led by poet Lynn Buckle; special guests are author Denise Baden and London poet Khairani Barokka.Online for the Irish Writers Centre.Free, booking required.

Thursday 7 October

Thu 7 October, 7pm-9pm, then at the same time fortnightly until Thu 2 December.Tension, Tenderness, & Truth: Reading Elaine Feinstein: Adam Feinstein leads a 5-session course on the work of poet Elaine Feinstein.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£118, booking required.
6pm-8pm.Prose Poem Workshop – Writing the Personal: Jennifer Wong leads a workshop on writing prose poems inspired by lived experiences and personal feelings.Online for Pen to Print.Free, booking required.
6.30pm-8.30pm.Fable Creative Writing Workshop: Poet Laila Sumpton leads a creative writing workshop in response to the venue’s exhibition of art by Abbas Akhavan.Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, Bow E3 5QZ.Free, booking required.
7pm-9pm.Forests & Fungi: Poetry Workshop: Paula David leads a poetry workshop inspired by forests, fungi, and the interconnectedness of ecosystems.Juno Café & Wellness Space, 80 Ruckholt Road, Leyton E10 5FA.£8.14/£5.98, booking required.
7pm.The Word Zoo: Performances by poet Iris Colomb, artist and rapper Spike Zephaniah, and open mic performers.The Others, 6 Manor Road, Stoke Newington N16 5SA.£5.98 (£3.83 for access with an open mic slot), booking required.

Friday 8 October

7.30pm.Planetary Poetics for National Poetry Day: Cynthia Miller, Caleb Parkin and London’s Khairani Barokka read and discuss their ecopoetry.Online, via YouTube for Birmingham Literature Festival.Free, booking required.
7.30pm.Golnoosh Nour Book Launch: Golnoosh Nour reads to launch her poetry collection Rocksong.New Art Projects, 6d Sheep Lane, London Fields E8 4QS.Free, booking required.
Fri 8 October, 9.15pm, and Sat 9 October, 11am.The Velvet Underground: Screening of Todd Haynes’ new documentary about the band The Velvet Underground, including their influences from poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jonas Mekas. The Sat 9 October screening has closed captions. Part of the London Film Festival.Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.Booking required; pricing information here.

Saturday 9 October

Sat 9, Sun 10, Sat 23 and Sun 24 October, 10.30am-1pm each day.The Lyric AI: Poetry & Code: Harry Man leads a 4-session course on writing online poetry, inspired by poets like Allison Parrish, Ken Hunt and bpNichol.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£170, booking required.
10am-1pm.Bodied: Keith Jarrett leads a poetry masterclass on writing about intimacy and physicality.Online, via Zoom for Spread the Word.£22/£18, booking required.
1pm.Decolonise Your Bookshelf in 50 Books: Joan Anim-Addo and Deirdre Osborne from Goldsmiths, University of London, plus poet Kadija Sesay, discuss a reading list of decolonial literature.Online for Durham Book Festival.£5, booking required.
3pm.Poetry Book Society Showcase: Poetry with London’s Hannah Lowe, plus Kazim Ali, and Nidhi Zak / Aria Eipe.Online for Durham Book Festival.£5, booking required.
4pm.Unfolding: Artists’ performances in response to the venue’s exhibition by Chilean textual artist Eugenio Dittborn (see ‘Ongoing Exhibitions and Shows’, above), featuring Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Januário Jano, Jasleen Kaur and ShumGhostJohn.Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, St James’s, New Cross SE14 6AD.Free, booking required.
Doors 8pm, performances 8.30pm.Mariam Rezaei / Dale Cornish / Tommy Sissons: Performance by poet Tommy Sissons in collaboration with musician Dale Cornish, plus more music by Mariam Rezaei.Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, Lambeth SE1 7LG.£12 early bird, £15 general admission, booking required.

Sunday 10 October

Doors 2pm, readings 3pm.Malika’s Poetry Kitchen: Poetry with Courtney Conrad, Janett Plummer, Fahad Al-Amoudi, Be Manzini and Kareem Parkins-Brown in a Black History Month showcase.Knight Gallery, Woolwich Works, The Fireworks Factory, 11 No. 1 Street, Woolwich SE18 6HD.From £10.50, booking required.
7.30pm.Apartment House Perform David Dunn and Jackson Mac Low: Avant-garde musicians Apartment House perform David Dunn’s The Great Liberation Through Hearing, and (with vocal artist Elaine Mitchener) poet Jackson Mac Low’s The Text on the Opposite Page.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£16 advance, £18 on the door.

Monday 11 October

7.30pm.What We Read Now: Poetry with Will Harris, Hannah Lowe, Anna Selby and Richard Scott.Online.Free, booking required.

Tuesday 12 October

7pm-9pm, then at the same time weekly until Tue 14 December.Writing after David Lynch: Chrissy Williams leads a 10-session course on writing poetry inspired by the films of David Lynch, responding to a different film each week.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.Booking required: £195 for the full course, £40 for an individual session; other bundles available.
5pm.British Latinx Poetry: Readings and discussion with Latinx poets Maia Elsner, Leo Boix and Andrés N Ordorica. In English.Online for the London Spanish Book & Zine Fair.Booking required; free, donations recommended.

Wednesday 13 October

5.30pm-7pm, then at the same time weekly until Wed 27 October.Humour in Arabic Literature: Sawad Hussain leads a three-week course on translating humorous Arabic literature, including poetry by Mahmoud Darwish. With live subtitles. No knowledge of Arabic required.Online, via Zoom for the British Library.£60/£54/£48, booking required.
Wed 13 and Thu 14 October, 7.45pm each night.Poetry + Film / Hack – Rocks: Screening of the film Rocks, complemented by live poetry from babirye bukilwa, Amina Jama, Sarah Lasoye, Be Manzini and Tania Nwachukwu. Wed 30 October is a relaxed performance with BSL interpretation.The Pit, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS.£18 plus £3 booking fee (some concessions available), booking required.
8.50pm.Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege): Screening of poet Abdallah Al-Khatib’s new documentary about the 2013 siege of the Palestinian refugee camp at Yarmouk in Syria. Part of the London Film Festival.BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XT.Booking required; pricing information here.
7pm-8pm.Fable Creative Writing Workshop: Poet Laila Sumpton leads a creative writing workshop in response to Chisenhale Gallery’s exhibition of art by Abbas Akhavan.Online, via Zoom for Chisenhale Gallery.Free, booking required.
7pm.Spanglish and Beyond: Sonia Quintero, Calu Lema, Claudia Lozano González and Olimpia Arista discuss their personal experiences as migrant writers and poets.Online for the London Spanish Book and Zine Fair.Free, booking required.

Thursday 14 October

Thu 14 – Sun 31 October, Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm.Art Deco Zebra Crossing: Exhibition by Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye, integrating painting, film and poetry.Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 4BW.Free, no booking required.
7pm-9pm, then at the same time fortnightly until Thu 9 December.The Poetics of Reticence: A Reading & Writing Workshop: Eve Grubin leads a 5-session course on spaces and silences in poetry, inspired by poets like Emily Dickinson, Paul Celan and Dan Pagis.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£118, booking required.

Friday 15 October

3pm.Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege): Screening of poet Abdallah Al-Khatib’s new documentary about the 2013 siege of the Palestinian refugee camp at Yarmouk in Syria. Part of the London Film Festival.ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH.Booking required; pricing information here.
8.15pm.Earwig: Screening of Lucile Hadžihalilović’s new film adaptation of the novel Earwig by poet Brian Catling. Part of the London Film Festival.ICA, The Mall, St James’s SW1Y 5AH.Booking required; pricing information here.
2pm-4pm (repeated Sun 24 October).Street Haunting: The Female Flaneur: Sue McCarthy leads a walking tour around Bloomsbury, in the footsteps of women modernist poets and novelists like Charlotte Mew, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf.Meeting point: Goodge Street Station, 72 Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia W1T 2HE.£12/£9, booking required.
5pm.Isabel del Rio in Conversation: Interview, reading and discussion with British-Spanish poet and memoirist Isabel del Rio.Online for the London Spanish Book & Zine Fair.Booking required; free, donations recommended.

Saturday 16 October

Sat 16 and Sat 30 October, 2.30pm-5pm each day.The Language of Recovery: Poems of Hope & Healing: Carmen Bugan leads a 2-session course on writing poetry of healing, inspired by poets like Joy Harjo and Walt Whitman.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£84, booking required.
1.30pm.BFDay21 Festival: New Fictions, Hybrid Writing: Readings and discussion of writing that crosses genre boundaries, featuring translator Thomas Bunstead speaking about Spanish experimentalist Agustín Fernández Mallo, plus poet Mona Arshi and writer Juliet Jacques presenting their own work. Part of the fifth birthday celebrations for the shop Burley Fisher Books.St Peter De Beauvoir Town, Northchurch Terrace, De Beauvoir Town N1 4DA.£5, booking required.
2pm.William Blake’s Vision for a New Jerusalem in Kings Cross: Poet Aidan Andrew Dun leads a guided walk exploring how the Kings Cross area has been reimagined by poets like William Blake, WB Yeats and Arthur Rimbaud.Meeting point: Kings Cross Station, Euston Road, Kings Cross N1C 4AX.Free, booking required.
2.45pm. Earwig: Screening of Lucile Hadžihalilović’s new film adaptation of the novel Earwig by poet Brian Catling. Part of the London Film Festival.Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, Soho WC2H 7BY.Booking required; pricing information here.
7pm.Celebrating 50 Years of Bangladesh with Khiyo and Special Guests: Concert by British-Bangladeshi band Khiyo plus special guests Sahana Bajpaie and Samantak Sinha. Featuring songs written by revolutionary Bangladeshi poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Bloomsbury WC1H 0XG.£10/£5, booking required.
8pm.BFDay21 Festival: Poetry Showcase: Poetry with Holly Pester, Nisha Ramayya, Will Harris, Daisy Lafarge, Anthony Anaxagorou, Peter Scalpello and Stephanie Sy-Quia. Part of the fifth birthday celebrations for the shop Burley Fisher Books.St Peter De Beauvoir Town, Northchurch Terrace, De Beauvoir Town N1 4DA.£7 (includes a drink), booking required.

Sunday 17 October

Talks and screenings 1.30pm-4.30pm, performances 4.30pm-8pm.Bangladesh 50 at the British Library: Celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, featuring Bangladeshi poetry, food, film screenings, speakers, and Mela performers.British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB.Free, no booking required.
Doors 3.30pm, readings 4pm.The Minyanaires: Performances by Jewish women poets Sophie Herxheimer, Amy Acre, Jacqueline Saphra, Rachael Clyne, Aviva Dautch and Jill Abram. Plus music from the Tsitsit Fringe house band.Temple of Art and Music, Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant and Castle SE1 6DR.£11.37 (or £38.32 VIP), booking required.

Tuesday 19 October

Tue 19 and Tue 26 October, 1pm-2pm each day.Online Translation Workshop: Chinese Poet Rong Yu: Dave Haysom leads a two-part workshop on translating the work of Chinese poet Rong Yu. No knowledge of Chinese required.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry Translation Centre.Pay what you can, booking required.

Friday 22 October

7.30pmKeep On Keeping On: Celebrating Andrew Salkey: Readings and discussion to celebrate Jamaican novelist and poet Andrew Salkey, featuring his son Jason Salkey, writer Gwen Strauss, and poets Linton Kwesi Johnson and Raymond Antrobus.Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB; also online. £10/£8/£5, or £5 online; booking required.

Saturday 23 October

12pm.4 Brown Girls Who Write: Poetry with members of the collective 4 Brown Girls Who Write.Foyer, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.Free, no booking required.
1pm-4pm.Out-Spoken Masterclass: October: A poetry workshop led by Raymond Antrobus.Sunley Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£20 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
5pm.Flow Unlocked: Presentation of work by the autistic-led collaborative project Flow Unlocked, featuring poetry, photography, drawing and film.Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU.Free, booking required.
5.30pm.Africa Writes Festival – Inherited: All Our Names: An evening of film and poetry on the theme of naming, featuring Sethembile Msezane’s short film Isimo, and poet Raymond Antrobus performing his work translated into BSL dance. With BSL interpretation.Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2DB. Also livestreamed online.£10, booking required.
7pm.Poetry London’s 100th Issue: Launch readings for the 100th issue of Poetry London magazine, featuring Fred D’Aguiar, Romalyn Ante, Moniza Alvi, Dan O’Brien and Christopher Reid.Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£7 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Sunday 24 October

2pm.Afternoon Debut Poets Reading: Poetry readings by Miranda Barnes, Chaucer Cameron, Caleb Parkin, Vik Shirley and London’s Rachel Long.Online for the Big Poetry Weekend.Free, booking required.
6pm.Blast!: The Rebel Art Centre in Bloomsbury: Readings of texts by artists and writers associated with the Rebel Arts Centre in Bloomsbury in 1914, including Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, Kate Lechmere, Jessica Dismorr, Roger Fry and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.49 Great Ormond Street, Bloomsbury WC1N 3HZ.Free, booking required.
7pm.The Forward Prizes for Poetry Ceremony: Awards ceremony for this year’s Forward Prizes for Poetry, with readings by nominees Kayo Chingonyi, Tishani Doshi, Selima Hill, Luke Kennard, Stephen Sexton, Caleb Femi, alice hiller, Cynthia Miller, Holly Pester, Ralf Webb, Fiona Benson, Natalie Linh Bolderstone, John McCullough, Denise Riley and Nicole Sealey.Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£15 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
8.30pm.Evening Reading: Poetry with Vahni Capildeo, Forrest Gander and London’s Raymond Antrobus.Online for the Big Poetry Weekend.£5, booking required.

Wednesday 27 October

Doors 5.30pm, films 6.30pm.Alternative Night of Experimental Film: A night of short, experimental films, including Eta Dahlia’s film-poem Dark Myriad 0.The Fighting Cocks Bar & Venue, 56 Old London Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QA.Free, booking required.
7pm.Somali Literature Evening: Launch event for two books about Somali artists: Foolaad, a biography of artist and activist Maxamed Mooge by poet Cabdikariim Xikmaawi, and Joogaha Maqan, Axmed Karaam’s biography of poet Xasan Qawdhan Yusuf.Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green E2 6HG.£5.80, booking required.

Thursday 28 October

7pm.Our United Voices: Poetry with Jenny Mitchell, L Kiew, Olivia Freeman and Steve Tasane. Plus a limited number of open mic slots (first come, first served).Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS.Free, booking required.
7.45pm.Out-Spoken: October: Poetry with Mira Mattar and Raymond Antrobus.Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10/£7 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
8pm.artBLAB: Experimental poet Konstantinos Papacharalampos gives a Q&A about his work, after a short talk that will be posted online earlier in the day.Online, via Instagram.£5 recommended donation, no booking required.

Friday 29 October

11am.Shorts Programme: Nova Express: A programme of experimental short films, including Marius Olteanu’s You Who Never Arrived, based on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, Marylebone W1B 2HW.£11 (students £8), booking required.
6pm.Where We Live: Artists’ Panel Discussion: Harriet Tarlo reads her poetry at an artists’ panel discussion about the venue’s exhibition of place-themed paintings, featuring painters Trevor Burgess, Jonathan Hooper, Mandy Payne, Narbi Price and Judith Tucker.Alan Baxter Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, Farringdon EC1M 6EL.Free, booking required.
6.30pm.Passing on Poetry with Born::Free: An evening of African and African-diasporic poetry and writing, curated by Belinda Zhawi, malakaï sargeant and Chima Nsoedo.Foyer, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.Free, no booking required.
7pm.Evening Session: Book Launches: Launch of Somali poet Hadraawi’s new book about tradition and social change in Somalia, plus writer Ahmed Abdi Gashaan discussing Banadiiri poetry and culture. In Somali.Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green E2 6HG.£5.80, booking required.

Saturday 30 October

1pm.Malika’s Poetry Kitchen: Friends and Family: Readings to launch the poetry anthology Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different, featuring Jill Abram, Nick Makoha, Yomi Ṣode, Kareem Parkins-Brown, Katie Griffiths and Kostya Tsolakis.Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
3.30pm.Latin Spirit: Nuevo Sol Reaching Across Oceans: Poets Leo Boix, Patrizia Longhitano and Janel Pineda discuss their work as part of Nuevo Sol, an international collaborative project between Latinx writers and artists.Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.
7.45pm.An Extra Pair of Hands: Friendship and Care: Poets Romalyn Ante and Michael Rosen, plus writer Christie Watson, discuss their experiences of the NHS.Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

November 2021

Tuesday 2 November

10am-5pm, then at the same time weekly until Tue 30 November.Drawing, Collage and Poetry: Sophie Herxheimer and Rosie Vohra lead a five-session course on combining drawing and poetry through collage.Online for the Royal Drawing School.£250, booking required.

Wednesday 3 November

6pm-8pm.Exploring Climate Change with Poetry: Sam Illingworth leads a workshop on writing poetry in response to climate change. With live captions.Online, via Zoom for the British Library.£20/£18/£16, booking required.
7pm.Annual Lecture Series 2021: m nourbeSe philip: Lecture by poet M NourbeSe Philip, plus a reading and Q&A.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry Society.Free, booking required.
7pm.LRB Screen at Home: Eileen Myles on Taşkafa: US poet Eileen Myles discusses Taşkafa, Luka Zimmerman’s 2013 documentary about Istanbul street dogs, scripted and narrated by John Berger. Bookers receive online access to the film a week in advance. Online for the London Review Bookshop.£5, booking required.

Thursday 4 November

6.30pm.Re/Verb In/Complete: A Night of Poetry and Sound: the87press presents poetry with Luke Roberts, James Goodwin, Mira Mattar, Sarona Abuaker, Karenjit Sandhu and Kat Addis, accompanied by DJing from Makkam Collective, Nathalie Shooter (of Beirut Groove Collective), and a surprise special guest.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£10 advance, £12 on the door.
7pm.The Word Zoo: Performances by poet Iris Colomb, artist and rapper Spike Zephaniah, and open mic performers.The Others, 6 Manor Road, Stoke Newington N16 5SA.£5.98 (£3.83 for access with an open mic slot), booking required.

Friday 5 November

1.30pm-5pm.Artist, Mentor, Friend, Activist: Andrew Salkey, a Man of Many Hats: Conference on Jamaican novelist and poet Andrew Salkey, with a keynote by Robert A Hill.Online, via Zoom for the British Library.Free, booking required.

Sunday 7 November

7pm.The Magical Mind of Ithell Colquhoun, Surrealist & Occultist: Amy Hale lectures on Surrealist poet, artist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£4.77-£10.00, booking required.

Wednesday 10 November

Wed 10 – Sat 13 November, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm each evening.Gone, Gone Beyond: 360-degree cinematic installation by film-maker and conceptual writer People Like Us. Thu 11 November, 5pm will be a relaxed screening.The Pit, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS.£18 plus £3 booking fee (some concessions available), booking required.

Friday 12 November

10.30pm.Concrete Lates: black midi + Moor Mother: Music by poet Moor Mother and the band black midi.Foyer, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£22.50 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Saturday 13 November

10.30am-4.30pm.Rewilding Ecopoetry: Katrina Naomi leads a workshop on new ways of writing in response to the environment, inspired by poets like Khairani Barokka, Rachael Allen and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£84, booking required.
8pm.Irreversible Entanglements: Concert by the jazz group Irreversible Entanglements, featuring poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother).Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG.£28 (limited number of £8.50 concessions for the under-30s), booking required.

Sunday 14 November

5.45pm.The Saudha Centenary Celebration of The Waste Land & Bidrohi: TM Ahmed Kaysher directs theatrical performances of two poems celebrating their centenaries: TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and Kazi Nazrul Islam’s Bidrohi.Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA.£10, booking required.

Tuesday 16 November

7.30pm.30 Years of People Like Us: Composer, film-maker and conceptual writer People Like Us headlines an evening of musical and vocal performances also featuring Porest, Gwilly Edmondez, Irene Moon and Ergo Phizmiz.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£14 advance, £16 on the door.

Thursday 18 November

6.30pm.London Clay: Poet Tom Chivers reads from his psychogeographical book London Clay.Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, Southwark SE1 9DA.£3, booking required.
8pm.Anthony Joseph & Friends: Poet Anthony Joseph and his band perform tracks from their new album The Rich Are Only Defeated when Running for Their Lives.Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG.Seated £19.50, standing £15.50, booking required.

Friday 19 November

Fri 19 and Sat 20 November, 7.45pm each night.CRIPtic Pit Party: Poet Jamie Hale curates poetry and music by d/Deaf and disabled performers. Featuring Alice Christina-Corrigan, Bibi June, Miss Jacqui, Oli Isaac, MC Geezer, Tom Ryalls and Tink Flaherty. Both sessions are audio-described, captioned, BSL-interpreted, and relaxed. Fri 19 November has a post-show talk with Hale and theatre director Jenny Sealey (free to same-day ticket holders).The Pit, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City of London EC2Y 8DS.£18 plus £3 booking fee, booking required.

Saturday 20 November

7pm.European Poetry Festival: Ten pairs of European poets perform new collaborations.Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA.Free, booking required.

Thursday 25 November

7.45pm.Out-Spoken: November: Poetry with alice hiller and Wayne Holloway-Smith, plus music by Simeon Hammond Dallas.Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX.£10/£7 plus £3.50 booking fee, booking required.

Wednesday 27 November

10am-6pm.Shameless! Festival of Activism against Sexual Violence: A day of talks, performances and workshops addressing sexual violence, featuring poets Tanaka Mhishi and Rachel Nwokoro, theatre director Jude Kelly, authors Joanna Burke, Winnie M Li, Laura Bates and Rachel Thompson, activists Payzee Mahmod and Soma Sara, scholar Rabiya Majeed-Ariss and podcaster Sangeeta Pillai.Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN.Pay what you can (£6 recommended), booking required.

December 2021

Thursday 2 December

7pm.The Word Zoo: Performances by poet Iris Colomb, artist and rapper Spike Zephaniah, and open mic performers.The Others, 6 Manor Road, Stoke Newington N16 5SA.£5.98 (£3.83 for access with an open mic slot), booking required.

Saturday 4 December

Sat 4 and Sat 11 December, 10.30am-1pm each day. Experiments in Transatlantic Translation: Zoë Skoulding leads a workshop on the Atlantic as a space of exchange and translation, inspired by poets like Pierre Joris, M NourbeSe Philip and Coral Brancho.Online, via Zoom for the Poetry School.£84, booking required.

Wednesday 8 December

5pm.This Is the Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelves in 50 Books: Poets Joan Anim-Addo and Kadija Sesay, novelist Sathnam Sanghera and scholar Deirdre Osborne discuss a decolonial reading list.Online for Goldsmiths, University of London.Free, booking required.

Thursday 9 December

7pm.Burma Storybook: Screening of Corinne van Egeraat and Petr Lom’s 2017 documentary Burma Storybook, which explores Burma’s recent history through its poetry. Plus a remote conversation with the directors.Whitechapel Gallery, 77 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel E1 7QX.Booking details TBA.

Tuesday 14 December

6pm.Experiments in Imagining Otherwise: Lola Olufemi reads from her Hajar Press collection of prose poetry and reflections, Experiments in Imagining Otherwise, and discusses activism with Brekhna Aftab and Farhaana Arefin.Online for the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender.Free, booking required.

January 2022

Thursday 6 January

7pm.The Word Zoo: Performances by poet Iris Colomb, artist and rapper Spike Zephaniah, and open mic performers.The Others, 6 Manor Road, Stoke Newington N16 5SA.£5.98 (£3.83 for access with an open mic slot), booking required.

Sunday 16 January

8pm.The Making of a Messiah: Beginner’s Guide to Isidore Isou: Andrew Hussey gives a talk about Lettrist poet Isidore Isou.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£11.04/£5.82, booking required.

Sunday 23 January

7.30pm.Roger Robinson & The Black Space Quartet: Poet Roger Robinson performs with musical accompaniment from The Black Space Quartet.Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL.£16 advance, £18 on the door.

February 2022

Sunday 6 February

8pm.Occult World, Art & Poetry of Marjorie Cameron: Manon Hedenborg White gives a talk on how 20th-century poet and artist Marjorie Cameron was influenced by her occult studies.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£11.04/£5.82, booking required.

Tuesday 22 February

8pm.Eroticism and Surrealist Sewing Machines: Abigail Susik gives a talk on the erotic role of the sewing machine in Surrealist art and literature.Online, via Zoom for the Last Tuesday Society.£11.04/£5.82, booking required.

Tuesday 24 February

Thu 24 February – Mon 29 August 2022, 10am-6pm daily.Surrealism beyond Borders: Exhibition on the global reach of the Surrealist movement in art and literature.Tate Modern, Bankside, Southwark SE1 9TG.Booking details TBA.

March 2022

Monday 28 March

7.30pm.The Revival: Women & The Word: Screening of Sekiya Dorsett’s documentary about a group of five queer women of colour poets and musicians on a tour of the USA and Canada. Plus a Q&A.Stanley Arts, 12 South Norwood Hill, South Norwood SE25 6AB.£8 advance, £12 on the door.

April 2022

Monday 25 April

7.30pm.Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992: Screening of a documentary about poet Audre Lorde’s time in Berlin. Plus a Q&A.Stanley Arts, 12 South Norwood Hill, South Norwood SE25 6AB.£8 advance, £12 on the door.