Sundays; 7.30pm; £5/4 according to pocket
There have been poetry readings on Sunday nights at Torriano Meeting House
since 1982. As well as the evening’s main readers invited from a broad range of literary practice, there are usually a number of ‘poets from the floor’, who may include full-time poets and also beginners presenting a piece in public for the first time. The range has spanned Stephen Spender and John Heath-Stubbs to Labi Siffre and John Hegley.
The publishers Hearing Eye was born from the Sunday readings and has its base at Torriano.
Sundays at 7.30pm.
Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket)
20th – London launch of Spark: poems in response to Muriel Spark’s novels. Editors, Rob A Mackenzie and Louise Peterkin, asked 44 of today’s most exciting poets to write poems inspired by Muriel Spark’s 22 novels (2 poets per novel). Rob, Louise, Anna Selby and Lisa Kelly will read some of their favourite poems from the anthology and also some of their own recent poems
27th – Long Poem Magazine celebration hosted by Linda Black. Issue 20 marks ten years of Long Poem Magazine. To celebrate this, poets Mark Waldron, Annie Freud, Jemma Borg, Joan Michelson, Siddhartha Bose and Maitreyabandhu read poems published in the magazine.
3rd – Paul Lyalls and Tom McColl
10th – Donald Gardner and Maggie Sawkins
17th – Kate Potts, Alison Winch and Cath Drake
24th – Joan Michelson and Michelle Penn
3rd – Survivors Poetry
10th – Bedford poets: Steve Kendall and Sarah Davies – introduced by Ian McEwen
17th – Robert Seatter and Wendy French
24th – Organised by Lisa Kelly (tbc)
31st – Peter Daniels, Barbara Marsh and Anna Robinson introduced by Peter Daniels