Forthcoming Events

The next Poets’ Café is on Friday 14th February at South Street Arts Centre

Our guests are Peter Robinson & Friends:

Poet Peter RobinsonPeter Robinson has published prose poems, aphorisms, short stories, a novel, literary criticism, a collection of his interviews, and many books of poetry and translations for which he has received the Cheltenham Prize, the John Florio Prize and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His Collected Poems 1976-2016 is published by Shearsman Books in February 2017. He is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, and Poetry Editor for Two Rivers Press who have have recently published Bonjour Mr Inshaw, an illustrated celebration of the painter.

Sue Leigh’s collection of poems, Chosen Hill was published in 2018 by Two Rivers Press.  She has won the BBC Proms Poetry Competition and Carol Ann Duffy’s Shore to Shore competition and her work has been published widely in magazines and journals including Areté, Oxford Magazine, The Spectator and the TLS.  Living in rural Oxfordshire, she reviews regularly for PN Review and teaches at Rewley House, Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education.


James Peake has worked in trade publishing for several years, predominantly for Penguin Random House and Pan Macmillan, as well as Hachette. His debut collection, Reaction Time of Glass, was published by Two Rivers Press in 2019. He lives in London with his wife and son.




Susan Utting’s poetry has been widely published and won many prizes, including The Times Best Love Poem 2010.  Her work was recorded for Poetry International at London’s South Bank Centre, and broadcast along with other international poets’ work at the Royal Festival Hall. She performs together with Claire Dyer and Lesley Saunders as “High Wire Act”, who wowed Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival in November last year with their latest performance of Lolita Paints Her Toenails. Susan’s most  recent collection from Two Rivers Press is Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems, which includes poems from three previous collections. In his review, Philip Gross states ‘Utting unashamedly loves language, and it seems to love her back’.

Your host for the evening will be:

A P Hill has just finished with the NHS, having been working in or alongside it for 53 years. She has been (among other roles) a GP, a researcher, a teacher, a civil servant, a policy wonk, an executive and a coach. Just over ten years ago, facing the ending of her career in redundancy, she began creative writing, to take her mind off work, and joined a theatre, where she learnt to act. One of her stepsons gave her a book about writing poetry and the following year she went on her first poetry writing course. She began submitting her work for publication in 2014. In 2017 she had a play put on at Progress theatre, was shortlisted on the Oxford International Poetry Competition, and had a poem published in South magazine. In 2018 she was shortlisted in the MsLexia/PBS women’s poetry competition. All her life she has bumped up against namesakes working in the same field. This has led to some intriguing situations, and although at times she still does not know who she is, at least she knows who she isn’t.

The next Poets’ Café will be on 13th March 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:

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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