I am presenting a series of readings called Stablemates at The Poetry Cafe on the fourth Thursday of the month, as well as occasional events elsewhere. Each event will feature three poets from one publisher.

Thursday 25th January 2018

Jill Abram presents a Stablemates special

Conversation and poetry with The Very Selected Michael Laskey, Mimi Khalvati and Michael Schmidt from The Poetry Business

Doors open 6.30pm, event starts 7 o’clock
at Waterstones Trafalgar Square, The Grand Building, London, WC2N 5EJ
Tickets £8 advance, £10 on the door (include a glass of wine and £3 off the Very Selected bundle of three pamphlets)

Mimi Khalvati is Britain’s foremost exponent of traditional forms, from ghazals to sonnets. Her heritage is drawn from Iran, where she was born, and England, where she grew up. As teacher, mentor and co-founder of The Poetry School, there are few poets to have emerged recently in the UK who have not felt her influence. One of the most gracefully accomplished poets writing in English today. Christina Patterson

Michael Schmidt OBE is the founder and director of Carcanet Press and the general editor of PN Review. His own poetry has been overshadowed by his other activities, but it offers a generally attractive and accessible reading experience, albeit a highly literary one. He was born in Mexico City and went to university in Cambridge, USA (Harvard) and Oxford, UK (Wadham). Schmidt is always a stringent poet, never shy of painful truth. Helen Dunmore

Michael Laskey is a poet, editor and tireless champion of contemporary poetry, primarily through the international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, which he co-founded in 1989, and the poetry magazine Smiths Knoll, which he founded and co-edited until the final 50th issue in November 2012. The Laskey effect…is of suddenly sensing that more meaning is inherent in ‘ordinary’ moments than we were expecting. Mark Halliday

The Poetry Business is a poetry publisher and writer development agency based in Sheffield and just won the Michael Marks Publishers’ Award. The Very Selected collection brings together the best work from our most critically acclaimed poets.

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Past Events

Thursday 14th December

The One I Love — Closing Event

I was invited by Naomi Woddis to read at an event celebrating her photographic exhibition exploring the relationship people with chronic invisible conditions have with their pets.

At the Free Space Project, Kentish Town Health Centre with Leila Segal, Rishi Dastidar, Jasmine Cooray and Miriam Nash.

Sunday 3rd December

The Torriano Meeting House has poetry readings every Sunday night. This one was curated by Lisa Kelly and featured four poets who had been included in Magma 69: The Deaf Issue which she co-edited.

Thursday 30th November

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Conversation and poetry with Sean O’Brien, Hannah Lowe and Jacqueline Saphra of Hercules Editions

Thurs 26th October

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Poetry and conversation with Hollie McNish, Kate Fox and Keith Jarrett of Burning Eye Books

Wed 18th October

Jill Abram presents Stablemates in Birmingham!

Poetry and Conversation with Henry Normal, Rosie Garland and Jackie Hagan of Flapjack Press

Thursday 28th September

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon for National Poetry Day with Roger McGough, Hugo Williams and Malika Booker of Penguin Modern Poets.

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017

5th July – I presented Desert Island Poems with Hugh Dennis (Podcast here)

8th July – Malika’s Poetry Kitchen with Malika Booker, Rishi Dastidar, Seraphima Kennedy, Peter Raynard and Jacob Sam La Rose (Podcast here)

9th July – Fantastic Beasts coffee morning with Malika’s Poetry Kitchen

9th July – Stablemates with Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Seni Seneviratne of Peepal Tree Press (Podcast here)

Wednesday 28th June

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Grace Nichols, Miriam Nash and Chrissy Williams of Bloodaxe Books.

Thursday 25th May

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Ruth Padel, Liz Berry and Kayo Chingonyi of Chatto & Windus.

Thursday 27th April

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Steve Ely, Nancy Charley and Richard Skinner of Smokestack Books

Thursday 20th April

Feature poet at Black Cat Poets, Denton, Manchester.

Thursday 30th March

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Mona Arshi, Ruby Robinson and Deryn Rees-Jones of Pavilion Poetry

Wednesday 22nd March

Launch of Ticker-tape by Rishi Dastidar

I was delighted to present the launch of Rishi’s debut poetry collection. There were also readings from Katie Griffiths and Alex MacDonald.

Wednesday 1st March

Masterclass with Sean O’Brien

I co-hosted this event with Tamar Yoseloff, editor of Hercules Editions which published Sean O’Brien’s chapbook Hammersmith.

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Martin Figura, Kathleen M Quinlan and Lesley Ingram of Cinnamon Press

Monday 13th February 2017

I was one of the features at Loose Muse Winchester – a spin off from the London series for women writers – alongside award winning novelist Claire Fuller.

at Discovery Centre, Jewry Street,  Winchester, SO23 8SB

Thursday 26th January 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Kei Miller, William Letford and Kate Miller of Carcanet.

Tuesday 6th December 2016

I was the showcase poet at a special edition of Beyond Words. The main feature was the premier of SALT MUSIC – the story of Hessle Road and the fishing folk of Hull with words by Angela Brodie and music by Steve Halliwell.

7.30pm at The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY

Thursday 24th November 2016

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Tamar Yoseloff, Caroline Smith and Rosie Shepperd of Seren Books.

Thursday 27th October 2016

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Jo Bell, Isobel Dixon and Rishi Dastidar from Nine Arches Press

Thursday 29th September 2016

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Ross Sutherland, Claire Trévien and Charlotte Newman from publisher Penned in the Margins.

Mon 27th June 2016

Jill Abram presents Look Who’s In Town!

Matthew Siegel, Mona Arshi and Karen McCarthy Woolf were nominated for the Forward Best First Collection Prize in 2015, which Mona won with Small Hands. While Matthew was on this side of the Atlantic, I got them together again plus special guest Yomi Sode for a unique reading.

Upstairs at the Wheatsheaf pub, 25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JB.