Forthcoming Events

The next Poets’ Café Online will take place on:

Friday 13th November 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 November guest is Mark Fiddes:

Mark’s first collection The Rainbow Factory was published by Templar Poetry in 2016 following the success of his award-winning pamphlet The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre. More recently, he’s won the Ruskin Prize, was runner-up in the Bridport Prize and placed third in the 2018 National Poetry Competition . His work has also been published in The New European, The Irish Times, Magma, London Magazine among many others.

Married to a Catalan with two sons, he currently works in the UAE where he’s part of the Poeticians’ collective with Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck.

Your hosts for the evening will be Vic Pickup and Zannah Kearns:

Vic is a previous winner of the Café Writers and Cupid’s Arrow competitions and was recently shortlisted for the National Poetry Day #speakyourtruth competition. In 2018, Vic co-founded the Inkpot Writer’s Group; she’s also a member of Reading Stanza and regularly attends Thin Raft. A keen reviewer of the work of others, she contributes to Sphinx Reviews, Everybody’s Reviewing and BBC Berkshire’s book club. Vic’s debut pamphlet ‘Lost & Found’ will be published by Hedgehog Press later this year.



Zannah lives near Reading and works as a freelance copywriter. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University and her poems can be found in Poetry Birmingham Journal, Under the Radar and Ink, Sweat & Tears, Finished Creatures and South. She is part of the local Thin Raft poetry group, and reviews poetry pamphlets for Sphinx. @zannahkearns


The following Poets’ Café will be on 11th December 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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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 10.30 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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