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I present a series of readings called Stablemates. Each event features conversation and poetry with three poets from one publisher.
More information on my Stablemates page


 Thursday 10th Dec 7.30pm

I was delighted to have a poem in the rejuvenated 14 Magazine which came out last month. Register for the Zoom launch here. And to find out more about 14 and buy a copy, click this link

Past Events

Friday 27th November 7pm

Serge ♆ Neptune invited me to guest at Neptune’s Glitter House for WayWard Poets with Rick Dove and Kym Deyn. “The most over the top poetry broadcast” was on Zoom and is available to view now on YouTube – see my Video/Audio page.

Saturday 14th November 2020

The fabulous Poetry in Aldeburgh moved online this year and asked me to host Performance in the Pub at the virtual ‘Cross Keys’ on the Saturday night. I presented three pamphleteers – Ali Lewis, Arji Manuelpillai and Serge ♆ Neptune – and the open mic. My background in the picture is the actual Cross Keys!

Saturday 25th July

Malika’s Poetry Kitchen did its first ever online reading, courtesy of WinchesterFest and Whisky & Beards Publishing. You can watch it back below. It was free but we welcome donations to the Kitchen coffers – please click


Thursday 12th March 2020

I performed two sets at Talking Rhythm in Greenwich, hosted by Bernadette Reed.
One with music by Bex Marshall

Sunday 8th March 2020

I presented Desert Island Poems with crime writer Val McDermid at StAnza Poetry Festival.
Photos by David Vallis

18 Nov 2019

I presented the launch of Mimi Khalvati‘s book of Petrarchan sonnets, Afterwardness, with special guest Kei Miller. I forgot to take any pictures until after we’d left the building!

2 Oct 2019

I was one of 8 Extraordinary Poets on-board The Golden Hinde hosted by Sophia Blackwell

See the source image

11 Sep 2019

I was invited to read a couple of poems by Corrupted Poetry (Nic Stringer, Fiona Larkin and Michelle Penn) as part of their Behind the Mask event

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

To celebrate publication of her new collection, The Filthy Quiet, Kate Noakes invited Michelle Penn, Gale Burns, Cath Drake, Kate Potts, Peter Daniels, Margo Berdeshevsky and me to read with her at the Torriano Meeting House. 

Friday 24th June 2019

A few of us who are published in the first edition of Finished Creatures magazine were invited to read those poems as part of Lodestone Poets #5 at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road with Jane Yeh, Rebecca Goss, Richard Scott and Lesley Sharpe.

Friday 2nd May 2019

I was guest co-host of She Grrrowls, a feminist arts night at the Poetry Cafe, curated by Carmina Masoliver.

Wed 13th March 2019

I was one of the feature poets, along with Sophie Herxheimer at Loose Muse, London’s Premiere Women Writers’ Night, run by Agnes Meadows.

8th – 10th March 2019

I was invited by Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, StAnza, in St Andrews to present Stablemates with Helena Nelson, Peter Daniels and Ramona Herdman of HappenStance Press and a Breakfast Panel entitled “Off The Page” with Julia BirdWill HarrisSara Lodge and Ben Norris.

Saturday 16th Feb 2019 

I was honoured to be invited by the fabulous Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham to present their Saturday evening headline reading with Sumita Chakraborty, Vahni Capildeo & Sophie Collins

Sun 27th January 2019

WeCaN: Women’s Events Collaboration and Networking

I featured at an event in Brixton to promote women in music and the arts, in a safe and nurturing environment; to foster and strengthen connections.  There were also DJs, gypsy fusion music and dance from Shkembe Soup, flamenco dance and guitar, and experimental groove from Eke Homo.

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Cora Greenhill invited me to feature with Harriet Tarlo at Poets in the Bath in Sheffield

Wed 14th November 2018

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Conversation and poetry with Mark Doty, Andrew McMillan and Fiona Benson from Jonathan Cape

Wed 15th August 2018

I featured at Word Search Live in Sutton with Aislinn Evans, Poetry World Cup finalist, and youngest ever UK Slam Champion, hosted by Sara Hobbs

Sun 15th July 2018

Pauline Sewards invited me to feature alongside Elizabeth Parker at Torriano Meeting House

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018

2nd July – I presented Desert Island Poems with Miles Jupp.

4th July – I interviewed Chris Difford about his life in and out of Squeeze and he played a couple of the band’s songs. (link to Podcast)

6th July – Stablemates with Kim Moore, Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry from Seren. (link to Podcast)

Thur 28th June 2018

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Conversation and poetry with Richard Scott, Jack Underwood and Jo Shapcott from Faber & Faber

Thur 24th May 2018

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Conversation and poetry with Richard Georges, SJ Fowler and Geraldine Clarkson from Shearsman Books

Thur 26th April 2018

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Conversation and poetry with Stephen Daniels, David Clarke & Sarah James of V.Press

19th April 2018

Vanguard Readings at Peckham Pelican “One of our legendary poetry-only evenings!”
I was invited to join Peter Raynard & Richard Skinner as they tour the UK to read from their new books Precarious & The Malvern Aviator, both published by Smokestack Books, as were Soul Patel, Roy Marshall, & Pnina Shinebourne.

11th April 2018

I chaired a panel/reading at the London Book Fair about the #MeToo poetry anthology with the editor, Deborah Alma, the publisher Nadia Kingsley of Fair Acre Press and poet Jacqueline Saphra.

March 22nd 2018

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Conversation and poetry with Emma Simon, Julia Bird and John Clegg from Emma Press

March 15th 2018 at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

I presented the launch of Assembly Lines by Jane Commane, also reading were Raymond Antrobus, Peter Raynard and Seraphima Kennedy.

March 8th 2018 at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

I read from the #MeToo anthology for International Women’s Day with Jacqueline Saphra, Michelle Penn and editor of the anthology, Deborah Alma.

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Conversation and poetry with Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Paul Stephenson and Karen Jane Cannon of Paper Swans Press

Saturday 17th Feb 2018

As part of Verve Poetry Festival at Waterstones Birmingham I presented a Stablemates with the editor and writers of the first two full collections from new press Offord Road Books – Martha Sprackland, James Brooks and Bobby Parker.

Thursday 25th January 2018

Jill Abram presents a Stablemates special

Conversation and poetry with The Very Selected Mimi Khalvati and Michael Schmidt, and New Poet Phoebe Stuckes from The Poetry Business at Waterstones Trafalgar Square

Thursday 14th December 2017

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 2017

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 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Thurs 26th October 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Wed 18th October 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates in Birmingham!

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

Thursday 28th September 2017

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 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Thursday 25th May 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Thursday 27th April 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Thursday 20th April 2017

Feature poet at Black Cat Poets, Denton, Manchester.

Thursday 30th March 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

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 2017

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.

Some of the audience questions and Sean’s answers are transcribed on the Hercules Editions website

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.