Forthcoming Events


The next Poets’ Café will take place on:

Friday 19th June 2020

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 June guest will be:

Jack Thacker grew up on a farm in Herefordshire and recently completed a PhD on contemporary poetry at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter. His poems have appeared in numerous print and online magazines and have been broadcast on Radio 4. In 2016, he won the Charles Causley International Poetry Competition, judged by Andrew Motion. He was the poet in residence at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading from October 2017 to March 2018. His debut pamphlet-length collection, Handling, was published by Two Rivers Press in July 2018.

Jack’s book, ‘Handling’ is available as a pdf e-book here: and a paperback here:






Your host for the evening will be:

CLAIRE DYER’s poetry collections, Eleven Rooms and Interference Effects are published by Two Rivers Press. She has a third collection, Yield, forthcoming from the Press in 2021. Her novels are published by The Dome Press and Quercus and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. Claire also teaches creative writing at literary and writers’ festivals and for Bracknell & Wokingham College, co-ordinates Poets’ Café on behalf of The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza, and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. Her website is

The next Poets’ Café will be on 10th July 2020.

The dates for 2020 are: 10th January, 14th February, 13th March. 10th April, 8th May, 19th June, 10th July, 14th August, 11th September, 9th October, 13th November, 11th December.

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

The evening is scheduled to end at 10.30 pm.

Click here for tickets – tickets currently n/a

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.

Become a friend of Two Rivers Press – Two Rivers Press has been publishing beautifully-designed books, and celebrating the poetry, art and culture of Reading for 25 years. They would love you to support their continuing endeavours by becoming a Friend of the Press. For a one-off payment of £30 you will get a generous 20% discount on the books and an irregular newsletter to keep you up to date with what’s new and exciting, together with the warm glow that comes with knowing that you are supporting local creative industry of course! More information at

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