Forthcoming Events

The next Poets’ Café Online will take place on:

Friday 11th December 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 Rishi Dastidar:

Rishi Dastidar is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and chair of writer development organization Spread The Word. A poem from his debut collection Ticker-tape was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A pamphlet, the break of a wave, was published by Offord Road Books in 2019, and he is also editor of The Craft: A Guide to Making Poetry Happen in the 21st Century (Nine Arches Press). His second collection, Saffron Jack, is published in the UK by Nine Arches Press.



Your host for the evening will be Claire Dyer:

Claire’s poetry collections, Eleven Rooms and Interference Effects are published by Two Rivers Press. She has a further collection, Yield, forthcoming with the Press in February 2021. Her novels are published by Quercus and The Dome Press. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, is a creative writing tutor and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. She is a regular panellist on BBC Radio Berkshire Radio Reads. Her website is:

The following Poets’ Café will be on 8th January 2021.

The dates for the rest of 2021 will follow soon.

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

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Poet of the Week – please see here for this feature.

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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