Forthcoming Events

The next Poets’ Café Online will be Friday 9th July 2021, from 8.00 pm, with poetry starting at 8.15 pm.

To book a slot in the one page one poem open mic, 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 July guest is Hilary Hares

Hilary lives in Farnham and has been serious about poetry since 2008 when she completed a BA in Creative Writing at Winchester University followed by an MA at Manchester Metropolitan. She runs poetry workshops for causes she supports and has been fortunate to be widely published both in print and online. She has also won or been placed in a number of competitions.
Hillary Hares

She currently has two pamphlets in circulation: A Butterfly Lands on the Moon and, Red Queen, a collection of childhood memories inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Proceeds from the sale of both publications are donated to Winchester Muse and copies can be requested from Hilary’s website is:

Your host for the evening will be Claire Dyer

Claire Dyer’s poetry collections are published by Two Rivers Press, her novels by Quercus and The Dome Press. ‘Yield’ was published by Two Rivers Press in February 2021 and her literary thriller, ‘The Significant Others of Odie May’ is forthcoming from Matador in July 2021. She curates Reading’s Poets’ Café, teaches creative writing and runs Fresh Eyes, a mentoring, editorial and critiquing service. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Berkshire.

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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

PS: the next Poets’ Café will be on 13th August 2021.

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