Forthcoming Events

The next Poets’ Café at South Street will be on Friday 13th August 2021 at South Street Arts Centre RG1 4QU (map HERE).

This will be our first live event since April 2020, and we do hope you will feel able to join us. All government guidelines for public performance will be adhered to at the time of the show. In the event that we have to cancel the show a full refund will be issued including ticket fees.

Please see below for exciting news about Poets’ Café Online’s new programme of lunchtime open mics!

Tickets available here.

The Poetry SocietyPoets’ Café is organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza and this is another must-go-to event!


August is Covers' Night

August is our Covers’ Night and there will no guest poet. Instead, please bring along a favourite poem (or two) to read on stage. We’d also love to hear WHY the poems are your particular favourites.

Your host for the evening will be Damon Young

Damon YoungDamon Young has been published in a variety of journals, is a winner of the Alzheimer’s Society Poetry Prize, has been commended in the Prole Laureate Prize, longlisted for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year and short-listed for The Robert Graves Poetry Prize, The Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Prize, The Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize and the Welshpool Poetry Prize.

He helps to run the Reading Stanza of the Poetry Society and Poets’ Café.

His first pamphlet ‘Family Room’ was published by Dempsey and Windle in September 2020.

Doors open at 8.00 pm. Entry costs £5 and £4 for concessions.

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Photographs of the event may be taken for use on social media.

If you are interested in joining our Stanza, please let me know. More details can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Poets’ Café Team


As restrictions lift, we are hoping to host a programme consisting of two Poets’ Café events from September – December 2021 as follows:

Poets’ Café at South Street – Friday 10th September, Friday 8th October, Friday 12th November & Friday 10th December from 8 pm – 10 pm: this event will comprise a guest poet plus open mic and will be hosted by a member of Reading Stanza. Tickets on the door via the venue - details here. No need to register in advance.

Poets’ Café Online – dates tbc, 1 pm – 2 pm: this event will comprise a first-come, first-served one page one poem open mic hosted by Claire Dyer and Vic Pickup. Please register by emailing and a Zoom link will be sent to you in advance. All are welcome.

Poet's Cafe Online

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RiversSide - a new online gallery from Two Rivers Press - Two Rivers Press invites contributions to their new online gallery – RiversSide –  which features poems, artworks, photography and short prose. RiversSide publishes works about Reading or by creators who live in Reading. To submit a work for consideration please email More information at