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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 22nd February

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

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

Doors open 7pm, poetry starts promptly at 7.30
at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX
Advance sales are now closed, tickets are available on the door for £8 (cash only)

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough’s pamphlet, Glass, won Paper Swans’ inaugural Pamphlet Competition and a Saboteur Award for Best Pamphlet. Her full collection, Sightings, written during her MFA at MMU won the Michael Schmidt Prize for Best Portfolio. She has been mentored as part of the Jerwood/Arvon and Toast Poets schemes. Elisabeth is guest editing the spring issue of The Fenland Reed magazine on the theme of the body.

Paul Stephenson needs a bigger mantelpiece: He won the Paper Swans pamphlet competition with Selfie with Waterlilies, Poetry Business Pamphlet competition, Free Verse Poetry Book Fair competition, South Bank Poetry Competition, Magma Editor’s competition and second prize in the Troubadour International poetry competition. He has been part of the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme, Poetry Business Writing School and the Aldeburgh Eight.

Karen Jane Cannon was a finalist in the Mslexia Poetry Competition and commended for the Flambard Poetry Prize. Emergency Mints, her debut poetry pamphlet, came second in the Paper Swans Pamphlet Competition. Her novel, Powder Monkey, was published under the name Karen Sainsbury and she is also an award-winning radio playwright. Karen is creator of Silent Voices: found poetry of lost women.

Paper Swans Press is a small, independent publisher of poetry and flash fiction which publishes anthologies and runs an annual pamphlet prize.

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March 8th at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

I will be reading from the #MeToo anthology for International Women’s Day with Jacqueline Saphra, Michelle Penn and editor of the anthology, Deborah Alma. More info and booking: #MeToo anthology launch

March 15th at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road

I’ll be presenting the launch of Assembly Lines by Jane Commane, also reading will be Raymond Antrobus, Peter Raynard and Seraphima Kennedy. More info and booking: Assembly Lines launch

March 22nd – Stablemates with Emma Simon, Julia Bird and John Clegg from Emma Press

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Past Events

Saturday 17th Feb

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

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.