Reading’s longest-running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza.
Held on the second Friday of each month at South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU (map here), the night is made up of an open mic section where we welcome anyone to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, and a full reading by some of the country’s finest poets.
- Doors open at 8 pm, poetry starts at 8.30 pm, the evening is scheduled to end at 10.30 pm.
- Entry costs £5 and £4 for concessions (including those reading in the open mic).
- Only one one-page poem per poet in the open mic please!
Further information and recommendations of guest poets can be made to:
Poets’ Café Rep: Claire Dyer
Poets’ Café Administrator: Andrew Curtis
or Poets’ Café Social Media Rep: Sagarika Banerjee
Or contact us via:
For the details of our next event please see the Forthcoming Events page – thank you x
Dates for 2018 are: 12th January, 9th February, 9th March, 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July, 10th August, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November, 14th December.
Poets’ Café has been running for almost 20 years. First set up by Susan Utting (http://www.susanutting.com/) it was under the stewardship of writer, comedian and champion of all things poetical, A. F. Harrold (http://afharrold.tumblr.com/) from 2004 – 2016. Since then it has been run by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza’s Poets’ Cafe team with a variety of hosts at the helm including Susan Utting, Claire Dyer, Gill Learner and Jez Dyer and a list of guest poets who’ve read there over the last gazillion years includes: Abi Curtis, Adam Horovitz, Adrian Blamires, Alan Buckley, Alison Brackenbury, Alison Hill, Anna-May Laugher, Andre Mangeot, Angela France, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Annie Freud, Annie Katchinska, Anthony Wilson, Aoife Mannix, Brenda Read-Brown, Brendan Cleary, Brian Patten, Bernard O’Donoghue, C.L. Dallat, Carmen Bugan, Caroline Bird, Carrie Etter, Catherine Smith, Choman Hardi, Chrissie Gittns, Christopher Reid, Claire Dyer, Claire Trevien, Clare Pollard, Daljit Nagra, Dan Cockrill, David Caddy, David Cooke, David Olsen, Dorothy Yamamoto, Dzifa Benson, Elizabeth Garrett, Esther Morgan, Eva Salzman, Fiona Moore, Fiona Robyn (Satya Robyn), George Chopping, George Roberts, Gill Learner, Hannah Silva, Harry Man, Helen Farish, Helen Mort, Hilda Sheehan, Hollie McNish, Holly Hopkins, Hugh Dunkerley, Ian House, Jack Underwood, Jacqueline Saphra, James Byrne, Jane Draycott, Jane Griffiths, Jane Holland, Jane Williams, Jean Sprackland, Jean Watkins, Jeff Cottrill, Jehane Markham, Jo Bell, Joe Butler, Joe Duggan, Joe Dunthorne, John Foggins, John Hegley, John Stammers, Julia Bird, Kate Behrens, Kate Clanchy, Kate Noakes, Kathleen Quinlan, Kathryn Maris, Katrina Naomi, Katy Evans-Bush, Laurie Bolger, Lesley Saunders, Liz Berry, Lorraine Mariner, Maggie Butt, Maggie Sawkins, Mario Petrucci, Martin Malone, Matt Bryden, Matt Harvey, Matthew Hollis, Maurice Riordan, Mel Pryor, Michael Laskey, Mike Loveday, Myra Schneider, Naomi Foyle, Neil Rollinson, Niall O’Sullivan, Oliver Dixon, Pat Borthwick, Paul Henry, Paul Lyalls, Paul McLoughlin, Peter Robinson, Peter Wyton, Philip Wells (The Fire Poet), Polly Clark, Rachel Piercey, Rob Evans, Robert Seatter, Robin Thomas, Roddy Lumsden, Ros Barber, Roselle Angwin, Rosemary Norman, Rosie Jackson, Sally Read, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Sara-Jane Arbury, Sarah Jackson, Stephen Payne, Sue Boyle, Sue Hubbard, Susan Utting, Terry Cree, Todd Swift, Tom Chivers, Tom Warner, Tony Williams, Victoria Pugh, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Wendy Klein … (and possibly others Ashley forgot to write down at the time…)