Forthcoming Events


The next Poets’ Café will therefore take place on: 

Friday 10th April 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.

April is our Locals’ & Local Press Night featuring three guest poets:

STEVEN MATTHEWS is a poet and critic born and brought up in Colchester, Essex. He has been a regular reviewer of poetry for London Magazine, Poetry Review, and the TLS, as well as Poetry Editor for Dublin Quarterly Magazine. He has published two books of poetry Skying (Waterloo Press, 2012) and On Magnetism (Two Rivers Press, 2017). More recent work appears in the anthology Guests of Time (Valley Press, 2018).


GRAHAM BURCHELL was born in Canterbury and lives in South Devon. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Following his Pindrop publication, The Chongololo Club, his third collection Kate and his fourth Cottage Pi (one of the winners of the inaugural Sentinel poetry book competition) were published in 2015. He was the 2012 Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year, a 2013 Hawthornden Fellow, winner of the 2015 National Stanza competition, runner up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2016 and third prize winner in the 2017 Bridport Prize. His Bridport Prize poem ‘Resurrection’ was also highly commended in the best single poem category of the 2018 Forward Prizes. He is the co-author of Two Girls and a Beehive: Poems about the art and lives of Stanley Spencer and Hilda Carline Spencer, which is forthcoming from Two Rivers Press in April 2020.

ROSIE JACKSON lives near Frome, Somerset. What the Ground Holds (Poetry Salzburg, 2014) was followed by The Light Box (Cultured Llama, 2016) and her memoir The Glass Mother (Unthank, 2016). Rosie has taught at the University of East Anglia, UWE, and Cortijo Romero, Spain. She won 1st prize at Poetry Space 2019, 1st at Wells 2018, 1st in Stanley Spencer competition 2017. She is the co-author of Two Girls and a Beehive: Poems about the art and lives of Stanley Spencer and Hilda Carline Spencer, which is forthcoming from Two Rivers Press in April 2020. Her website is:

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 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 8th May 2020.

The dates for 2020 are: 10th January, 14th February, 13th March. 10th April, 8th May, 12th 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.

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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.

Poets’ Cafe is thrilled to be based in the same town as Two Rivers Press:

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