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Thursday 28 July, 18:45
A Pocketful of Chalk by Claire Booker – launch

I was invited to read at the launch of this new book from Arachne Press, alongside Lisa Kelly, Alan Price, Louise Warren and, of course, Claire Booker in the Library at Keats House


Saturday 16th July, 8pm
Perspectives on the Collective at Skylines Poetry Festival

I presented Poetry and Conversation with Jacob Sam-La Rose and introduced short sets from some talented up and coming poets from a new Coventry poetry collective – Lewis Driver, Meg Waters and Alice Richmond.


Friday 15th July, 7:30pm
Malika’s Poetry Kitchen at Woolwich Words and Sounds 


with Charlotte Ansell, Arji Manuelpillai, Michelle Penn, Desree and me.


I was delighted to return to Ledbury Poetry Festival to present three events:

Monday 4th July, 6pm – Online
Poetry and Conversation on Illness, Health and Death with Polly Atkin and Hannah Hodgson

Friday 8th July, 8pm
Caleb Femi: Poor – reading and conversation
Caleb’s debut, Poor, combines poetry and original photography to explore the trials, tribulations, dreams and joys of young Black boys in twenty-first century Peckham and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2021.

Saturday 9th July, 3pm
Desert Island Poems with Alistair McGowan
Impressionist, actor, writer of jokes, plays and sketches, stand-up comedian and, latterly, pianist, Alistair McGowan shared stories of his life and his favourite poems – with special guests.


Friday 3rd June
I was one of 14 poets published in issue 2 who read at a launch hosted by the magazine’s editor, Richard Skinner, in the Turner Contemporary in Margate. There was also another showcase for the poets of Sutton Women’s Network featured in the magazine.

Wed, 11 May – online
NeurodiVERSE anthology reading
I was one of several neurodivergent writers reading our poems about the experience of neurodivergence in this anthology from Flapjack Press, hosted by three of the editors, Rob Steventon, Janine Booth and Kate Fox. Buy the book here


Tuesday 5th April – online
Jill Abram Presents… 8 Shoestring Poets
I was invited to host an online reading to celebrate eight poets whose books from the Nottingham based publisher, Shoestring Press, came out in the last two years: Chris Hardy, Judith Wilkinson, John Mole, Kathleen Bell, Neil Fulwood, Janet Montefiore, Hubert Moore and Merryn Williams


27th March – hybrid
Poets for Ukraine Poemathon and Gala
I was one of over 50 poets reading in the all-day poemathon at JW3 raising money for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal by Goods for Good and Hope and Aid Direct

By the end of the event, we had raised over £25,000 but every little helps (as they say) and the donation links are still open. Please sponsor me by clicking this GoFundMe link (check my name is selected in the ‘referred by’ dropdown menu in the donation details, just below payment method).

In the evening there was a star studded gala, which can be viewed here, with special guests including Juliet Stevenson, Jessie Ware, Meera Syal, Sophie Ward, Nick HytnerHarriet Walter and Bill Paterson and poets Naomi Shihab Nye from the USA, former Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, Former National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker who holds the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Costa Book Prize winner Hannah Lowe, Forward Prize winner Fiona Benson, Former Poet Laureates Carol Ann Duffy and Andrew Motion and Poet in Residence for Radio 4 & 4 Extra Daljit Nagra. They shared the spotlight with Ukrainian poets appearing on video both from the frontline and the diaspora.


Saturday 26th March
I was delighted to be published in the latest 14 magazine and even more thrilled to have been invited, along with Kathy Pimlott, to a launch with Sutton Women’s Network at the Honeywood Museum in Carshalton.


22nd March – online
I presented Late to the Table, an edition of Jennifer Wong’s series What We Read Now, with Kate FoxJoanne Limburg and Vicky Morris, three late-diagnosed autistic poets who read from their work & discussed the intersections between neurodiversity, writing, gender and creativity.

You can watch the event back on the WWRN YouTube channel


20th March – online

Red Door Poets have an excellent online reading series. At each one, three of them read and invite a special guest – Chris Hardy asked me, the others were Elizabeth Horsley and her guest Richie McCaffery, Lesley Sharpe and her guest Michelle Penn


8th March 2022

Live Canon held an event for International Women’s Day. Helen Eastman introduced Hilaire, Gillie Robic, Susannah Hart and me. We each read a poem by another inspiring woman and some of our own work.


20th February
Verve Poetry Festival was back at the Birmingham Hippodrome! On the Sunday afternoon, Bohdan Piasecki hosted a Party for the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen Anthology with Kostya Tsolakis, Fahad Al-Amoudi, Khairani Barokka and me.

 

 

 


20th January 2021

Live Canon‘s first in-person event of the year was at the Concert Artistes Association in Covent Garden, where I read with NJ Hynes, Sana Rao and Michelle Penn, introduced by Helen Eastman

 

 


21st December – online
Poetry Wales Party 2021
“The Poetry Wales holiday gatherings/parties are happening in the darkest Samhain and Yule cycles of the year, and we welcome those who wish to partake to join us virtually for a wonderful feast of poetry – to bring forth the light of connection and togetherness.”

I was one of the many contributors  invited to read by Editor Zoe Brigley.

 


Monday 22nd November – online

Desert Island Poets with Sue Burge

I was in the raft of castaways invited to read a favourite poem by a contemporary poet, followed by one of our own which is thematically/inspirationally linked.

For more details on the poets who participated, click here 

 

 

 


Sunday, 21 November, 5pm

Breaking Ground: Poets Reflect
I was delighted to be part of the closing event of Richmond Literature Festival alongside six other poets, including Roger McGough.

 

 

 


Saturday 30th October
Malika‘s Poetry Kitchen was invited by the Southbank Centre to take part in the London Literature Festival. The theme of the festival this year was friendship, so I had conversations with three pairs of friends from the MPK family and they read some of their poems.

 

 


Sunday 17th October
Jill Abram presents: The Minyanaires at TAM
According to orthodox Jewish law, a Minyan of ten men is required to speak prayers in public. There are no rules for women speaking poems, so meet the Minyanaires! I presented some fabulous female Jewish poets as part of Tsitsit Fringe Festival (“If it’s Jewish enough for you, it’s Jewish enough for us.”) With Jacqueline SaphraSophie HerxheimerAviva DautchAmy Acre, and Rachel Clyne.

with thanks to Laura Godfrey-Isaacs for these photos


Thursday 7th October, online
National Poetry Day reading with Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and The Portobello Bookshop
I introduced fellow MPK poets Dean AttaJoolz SparkesBe Manzini and Soul Patel.
You can watch it back here:


Thursday 2nd September, online
I was on the line up for an edition of Jennifer Wong’s What We Read Now series with Katie Griffiths, Patrick Errington and Samatar Elmi on the theme of “Between Places”. Watch it back below:


Monday 16th August
I was in conversation with Joanne Limburg about her book, Letters to my Weird Sisters. Joanne is a multi-genre author who was diagnosed as autistic in her forties, which helped her realise why she had always been misunderstood. In this book she writes a series of wide-ranging letters to four women from history who were also often dismissed for their differences.
You can watch the event below:


from Thursday 12th August
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I had a slot in the open mic of Write Out Loud‘s fourth Spoken Session. It was recorded a couple of weeks beforehand and is now live.
WOL is a hub for participation in poetry, encouraging everyone who writes poetry to share their words with others. They have set up a patreon page to raise funds, which has three levels of support at £3/£5/£7 a month. For more information and to sign up – which will allow you to view all the Spoken Sessions – click here


Monday 14th June
Cafe Writers online
My MPK brother Rishi Dastidar and I were feature poets.


Wednesday 5th May
#MeToo / #UsTogether
Three years on from the global #MeToo movement, we revisited the poems and poets behind the #MeToo Women’s Poetry Anthology, to talk about breaking the silence, and whether there is still hope for change (and what needs to happen to be heard).
I chaired readings and discussions with Deborah Alma, editor of the anthology, Kim Moore, Victoria Bennett and Wendy Pratt, which you can watch back below


Monday 3rd May

Malika’s Poetry Kitchen at the London Library Lit Fest
We had a poetry birthday party – Kitchen’s 20th and the Library’s 180th! I presented Inua EllamsArji ManuelpillaiCharlotte Ansell and Zakia Carpenter-Hall, who were actually in the library with me and Malika Booker and Kayo Chingonyi who beamed in from Leeds.


You can still book a ticket to watch the event here


Saturday 1st May
I introduced MPK poets Arji ManuelpillaiCourtney ConradKatie Griffiths and Janett Plummer reading at the Stay at Home! International Literature Festival. You can watch it below.


Thursday 22nd April
I hosted the launch of The Attitudes by Katie Griffiths
with special guests from Malika’s Poetry Kitchen (Arji Manuelpillai and Michelle Penn)
and Red Door Poets (Mary Mulholland and Matthew Paul).
This event was streamed live on the Nine Arches Press YouTube channel with live captions and can be viewed again here.
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Friday 19th March 2021
Live Canon have started a new free lunchtime reading series on Zoom, introduced by their Director, Helen Eastman. I featured with Andrea Holland, Marcus Smith and Chérie Taylor Battiste.


Sunday 7th March 2021
Live from the Butchery was a Malika’s Poetry Kitchen special, featuring our co-founder, Malika Booker, one of our newest members, Fahad Al-Amoudi, and me. Helen Ivory, Martin Figura and Kate Birch have been presenting these readings on Zoom for the last few months and they’ve been great! More info on their Facebook page


Thursday 10th Dec 2020
I was delighted to have a poem in the rejuvenated 14 Magazine and to read at the launch.


Friday 27th November 2020
Serge ♆ Neptune invited me to guest at Neptune’s Glitter House for WayWard Poets – “The most over the top poetry broadcast” – with Rick Dove and Kym Deyn.


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 2020
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 paypal.me/MalikasPoetryKitchen


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
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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

Poetry and Conversation 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

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

Thursday 25th May 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Thursday 27th April 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Poetry and Conversation 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

Poetry and Conversation 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

Poetry and Conversation 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

Poetry and Conversation 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

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

Thursday 27th October 2016

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Thursday 29th September 2016

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Poetry and Conversation 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.