Forthcoming Events

The next Poets’ Café at South Street will be on Friday 10th December at South Street Arts Centre RG1 4QU (map HERE).

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 news about Poets’ Café Online too.

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


Our guest will be:

Ramona Herdamn

Ramona Herdman’s latest pamphlet, ‘A warm and snouting thing’, focusing on love, lust and sexual politics, was published by The Emma Press in September 2019. Her previous pamphlet, ‘Bottle’, was published by HappenStance Press. It was the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2018 and one of the Poetry School’s Books of the Year 2017. Ramona won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham prize 2017. She lives in Norwich and is a committee member for Café Writers. She tweets occasionally @ramonaherdman


Your host for the evening will be:

A.F. Harrold is a poet, performer and children’s author who was, for some years, the host and organiser of Poets’ Café. Since handing over the reins he’s been focussing on his work for and with children, travelling to a great many schools across the country and running poetry workshops for pupils and teachers. His latest book is the kids’ poetry collection ‘The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice’, with illustrator Mini Grey. The best place to find out more is at:

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

You can click here for tickets.



The next Poets’ Café Online will be on Friday 17th December from 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: these events will comprise a first-come, first-served one page one poem open mic hosted by Claire Dyer and Vic Pickup. Tickets are limited to 20 and priced at £4 and are available HERE. You will be sent a Zoom link at 10 am on the day. A ticket will be sent to you for admin purposes only as this is an online event.

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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

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