Forthcoming Events

The next Poets’ Café Online will take place on:

Friday 14th May 2021

from 8.00 pm, with poetry starting at 8.15 pm.

To book a one page, one poem, open mic slot, please email and you will be sent a link to a Zoom event which you can access on the night.

Poets’ Café is organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza


Our May guest is:

Oliver Comins has quietly established a reputation as one of the more intriguing voices in English poetry. An early critic noted, “Exact observation and a relishing feel for language…” as distinctions of his work in Anvil New Poets 2. A 15-year “silence” was eventually broken by a flurry of 3 Templar Poetry pamphlets – Yes to Everything (2014), Staying in Touch (2015) and Battling Against the Odds (2016).

Staying in Touch caused Helena Nelson to ask, “What on earth is Oliver Comins up to? And how can a state of perpetual uncertainty be both delightful and satisfying?” Some answers may be found in his first full collection, Oak Fish Island, published by Templar Poetry in 2018. When Matthew Stewart wrote, “One of Comins’ main achievements in Oak Fish Island is the subversion of the English lyric tradition,” he wanted you to know that Oliver is a lively and entertaining reader as well as a subtle and often humorous poet

Your host for the evening will be:

Susan Utting is the originator of Reading’s Poets’ Café. Her poetry has been widely published, including in The Times, TLS, The Independent, Forward Book of Poetry, The Poetry Review and Poems on the Underground. She has won many prizes and awards, including an Arts Council Laureateship, a Poetry Business Prize, The Berkshire Poetry Prize, The Peterloo Prize, and a writing fellowship at Reading’s School of English and American Literature. Susan taught poetry and creative writing at Reading and Oxford Universities for more than 17 years and now works freelance as workshop leader/mentor and poetry performer.  Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems is her latest publication from Two Rivers Press.

The following Poets’ Café will be on 11th June 2021.

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If held at South Street Arts Centre, doors open at 8.00 pm. Entry costs £5 and £4 for concessions.

The evening is scheduled to end at 10.00 pm.

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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.

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Poets’ Cafe is thrilled to be based in the same town as Two Rivers Press:

E-books – to download a pdf e-book of your favourite poet/s work, please see HERE .

Poet of the Week – please see here for this feature.

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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