Forthcoming Events

The next Poets’ Café at South Street will be on Friday 8th October 2021 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 guests will be:

Julia Bird is a poet and poetry programmer. She has published the poetry collections Hannah and the Monk (2008) and Twenty-four Seven Blossom (2013) with Salt Publishing, and the illustrated pamphlet Now You Can Look (2017) with The Emma Press.

Julia Bird

Another pamphlet is, thinks Pearl is forthcoming from The Emma Press in 2021. She has worked for many poetry and literature organisations, and produces touring live literature shows through her company Jaybird Live Literature. More details at

She currently works for The Poetry Society as Learning and Participation Manager, working on local and national events and participation activities for adults and young people. She grew up in Gloucestershire and lives in London.

Mike Sims is a writer, poet and editor. He has collaborated on many art and poetry projects, including Letter of advice to Amy by Joseph Cornell (AKA The Amy Box) and This Westward with Roy Willingham, and the group exhibitions Things that are there, By the way, which included Mike’s limited edition leporello, 8 Divagations, letterpress printed at Paekakariki Press; the most recent exhibition Ground Works was held at APT Gallery, London, in October 2020. He was a co-founder and editor of The Illustrated Ape magazine, winner of the Creative Review Best in Book award. He is a former editor of Printmaking Today and remains a regular contributor. He currently works for The Poetry Society as Publishing Manager, where he runs the Poetry Café exhibitions programme. He was born on the Wirral and lives in London.

Mike SimsJulia Bird and Mike Sims

Julia Bird and Mike Simms published Paper Trail together through their collective Blown Rose, and have a jointly authored pamphlet (A Joy Forever: a walk out with John Keats) out with Paekakariki Press shortly - details here


Your host for the evening will be:

Kate Noakes

Kate Noakes is researching a PhD on contemporary British and American poetry at the University of Reading. Her most recent collection is The Filthy Quiet (Parthian, 2019). Goldhawk Road is forthcoming from Two Rivers Press in 2023 and her first non-fiction title, Real Hay-on-Wye, will be published by Seren in 2022.

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

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The next Poets’ Café Online will be on Friday 17th September & Friday 15th October 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 in advance.

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