Sam Smith Original Plus books & The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')

Sam Smith books plus Original Plus publications and The Journal

Poetry Upstairs at The Hen & Chicks 2017 Reading Series

Poetry Upstairs at The Hen & Chicks 2017 Reading Series
Flannel Street, Abergavenny
All Readings Start at 8pm

Tuesday 5th September 2017   Bethany Rivers      Sam Smith withdrawn due to family crisis   Entry £5

Tuesday 10th October 2017      Gavin Goodwin     Anna Saunders                               Entry £5
* Please note this event is at the KING’S ARMS, ABERGAVENNY

English PEN events

Join us for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 7pm - 8:15pm

Decca Aitkenhead
Amy Liptrot
Lara Pawson

We are delighted to confirm that all three shortlisted authors for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 will be joining us for a special prize-giving event on Wednesday 5 July.  The prize is awarded annually to a literary autobiography of excellence, and is the only UK prize dedicated solely to memoir.

At our annual summer event, we will welcome Decca Aitkenhead (All At Sea, 4th Estate), Amy Liptrot (The Outrun, Canongate) and Lara Pawson (This Is The Place To Be, CB Editions) to the Free Word Centre in London. They will discuss their memoirs with chair of the PEN Ackerley Prize judges Peter Parker, before the winner of the 2017 prize is announced.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for this celebratory event to hear more about the work of these three great writers, and to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. Copies of the shortlisted books will be available to purchase on the night.

Tickets to the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 are £8.00 and include a free glass of wine.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Thursday May 11, 8pm   The Playhouse Main Stage £6/5    Four poets from the press share their work.


Mab Jones (a “unique talent” - The Times)

Anna Saunders (“a poet who surely can do anything” - The North)

Jennie Farley (“a master storyteller”- Hilda Sheehan)

Bethany W. Pope (“deeply sensitive and wildly imaginative” - Media Mentions)


COME AND MEET US!! The Playhouse, Cheltenham 47-53 Bath Road, GL53 7 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire



The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse


BIG LIT: The Stewartry’s very own BOOK Festival – four days of jam-packed literary events.

BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival is only a few days away. April 20 – 23  Brochures are out. Tickets are available either online for our full programme, or at Franca Bruno’s shop in Gatehouse of Fleet. The Franca Bruno Shop  Tel: 07803 228497 / 07707 686109

Hallelujah! Tribute to Leonard Cohen and Karen Campbell’s Workshop are already SOLD OUT but there are  lots of other things to enjoy

Once again we are hosting some of the finest writers, musicians and performers both local and national, headlining the gloriously funny John Hegley, who will entertain both the young ( three schools at Gatehouse Primary)  and young at heart with his show PEACE LOVE AND POTATOES making its debut appearance in Scotland . BOOKING FAST. BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.


Well kent charismatic broadcaster and performer Billy Kay will explore the Scottish Diaspora and its influence on wine! With optional wine to follow!


WagTongues is back. Southlight is back with opportunities for writers to strut their stuff.


Quiche and Quills is back - free events every lunchtime in Franca Bruno’s shop.


There’s music (ancient and modern), prose (historical, mythical and biographical), poetry (political, lyrical and personal), a horrid literary murder for you to solve at Cream o’Galloway (gory, gruesome and grisly), installation, heritage, text based art-work, exhibition, installation, and a timely Scottish PEN event featuring exiled Bafta award winning Palestinian poet Ghazi Hussein who has found refuge from torture in Scotland.


And there’s BIG LIT young people’s strand too offering something for all ages - from literary drumming and daft poyems to games, crafts and madcap story telling with local favourites Renita Boyle and Chik Duncan.


Many events are free -  others are as cheap as chips. Come and join the BIG LIT Party. Tickets are on sale NOW  and booking is starting to fly.


Tell your friends. Spread the good news. Do hope we’ll see  you in Gatehouse at the end of the week and over next weekend.

Hexham Book Festival

We thought you'd like to add an event to your brand new diaries.
On Saturday 4th March, to celebrate the publication of our 2017 Festival programme, Hexham Book Festival is delighted to welcome one of the UK’s favourite novelists -
Joanna Trollope to the Queen’s Hall to talk about her latest book City of Friends.
Joanna is the author of many highly acclaimed and bestselling novels. She is a trustee of the National Literacy Trust and has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes. 
Tickets are on sale now at Queen's Hall Box Office Tel 01434 652477 or online.
Don't forget our Festival dates are 28th April to 7th May

Ye Olde Murenger House

March for the NHS

The People's Assembly Against Austerity 

South Downs Poetry Festival

 THe South Downs Poetry festival (SDPF)is running its second year offering many different events across the lovely landscapes of Hampshire and Sussex.

This includes :-   A 3-Day Residential, poetry workshops with tutors
 Kim Moore and Hugh Dunkerley at
The Sustainability Centre , near East Meon (GU32 1HR) from     April 28th to May 1st.

Poetry Competiton, open to all,    March 6th - May 19th

Please see: for further details and ticketing or contact Sue at

The Poetry Brothel


Frome Jazz Club

Hard on the heels of our epic exploration of jazz from the far North, we're going Way Out West for the next Frome Jazz Club event.

On Sun 25 Jun, Get The Blessing frontman Jake McMurchie and the John Law Trio explore the music of a legendary hard bop saxman.  For many, Sonny Rollins is not only the composer of many cornerstone jazz standards but the archetypal tenor player, rhythmically driving and endlessly inventive.  Celebrated the world over for his 70 (!) year career, he's particularly beloved of New Yorkers, who are campaigning to renaming in his honour the Manhattan bridge he used to practice on to avoid disturbing his neighbours.

Doors 7pm, entry free - sure to be standing room only again, so early arrival is advised! Especially as for this one we hope to have some treats available from the bar :-)

Love music? See you there.
Keith and John

Over Land, Over Sea


Prism Arts

This year we are running a FREE Youth Theatre during the Easter and Summer holidays in our Carlisle studio for children and young people with learning disabilities (10-19yrs).
Based at our workshops in the centre of Carlisle, you will help to make a theatre production by developing a story, making puppets and creating costumes. You will perform the production as part of the Carlisle Pageant on 26th Aug.

Interested? Come to our Open Day to meet the team and find out more so you can decide if this opportunity is for you.
Saturday 18th March, 10-11am or 11.30am-12.30pm, booking is essential.

Youth Theatre Dates
Easter School Dates:

April – Tue 11th, Wed 12th, Tue 18th, Wed 19th. 10am-3pm
Saturday Morning Workshops:
May – 6th, 13th, 20th, June – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, July – 1st, 8th, 15th (all Saturdays) 10am – 12noon
Summer School Dates:
August – Mon 21st, Tue 22nd, Wed 23rd, Thur 24th, Fri 25th, Sat 26th.
10am – 3pm

We recommend coming to all of the dates, but we understand that this is not always possible. Please let us know if there is any dates you can not attend.

Location: Prism Arts, Business Interaction Centre, 4/5 Paternoster Row, CA3 8TT

This opportunity is limited to 12 people. Booking is essential.

For more information or to book a place on the open day and Youth Theatre please contact us:
Phone – 01228 888630
Email –

Little Machine gigs

Kings Lynn Festival 2017

Roger McGough & LiTTLe MACHiNe

Tuesday the 18th of July at
St George's Cathedral

King St, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1HA

We're venturing out again in a couple of weeks to do a show in Norfolk. You can book tickets online here.

Lots of shows coming up in the Autumn, keep an eye on our website for info.

Stop the War Coalition

On March 28th 2017, the DPRTE arms fair will return to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff for the third time. Join a day of action against the arms fair on 28 March, and show the arms industry there’s no welcome for it in Wales!

DPRTE brings together all parts of the arms industry, networking small companies with some of the world’s largest arms companies. Major arms dealers such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Boeing- whose weapons have been used to crush pro-democracy movements around the world, and to commit serious human rights abuses- will be coming to the Motorpoint Arena, looking for new business partners and suppliers for their deadly trade. In 2016, huge protests and a successful day of action caused havoc for the DPRTE arms fair. You can read more about it on the CAAT blog.

Cardiff activists are holding a meeting on Monday 27th February to discuss opposition to the fair- and a day of action has been called for the 28th March to challenge the fair itself. If you’d like to get involved, here’s how:

  • Join the Cymdeithas y Cymod/Fellowship of Reconciliation meeting at the Chapter Arts Centre in the Canton area of Cardiff at 7.00pm on Monday the 27th of February (in the downstairs meeting room) to plan action against the fair. The meeting is Welsh-speaking with English translation, and all are welcome.
  • Save the date for the Big Day of Action! Join the protests on Tuesday 28th march between 8.00 and 17.30 outside the main entrance of the Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EQ, and join and share the facebook event for the demo.
  • Come to a special screening of Shadow World: Inside the global arms trade at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on 17th March. There will be a panel discussion afterwards with activists involved in the campaign.  Tickets can be booked online here
  • Write to the Motorpoint Arena and your local Cardiff councilors to ask them not to give DPRTE a home in Cardiff. Email You can also leave a comment on their Facebook page. Find contact details for your local councilor on the Cardiff council website here.

Can't make the meeting but want to get more involved? Email to get directly in touch with the organizers! Especially if you're part of a group who would like to support the actions, we'd love to hear from you.

Thanks, and best wishes,

Kat Hobbs

CAAT Local Outreach Coordinator

Torriano / Hearing Eye UPCOMING READINGS:

Upcoming Sunday Readings
7.30pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/4 (according to pocket)
Sunday 2nd July - Guest Readers: Lisa Kelly and David Floyd
Sunday 9th July - Guest Readers: Dave Bonta and Dick Jones
Sunday 16th July - Guest Readers: To be confirmed
Sunday 23rd July - Guest Readers: Hylda Sims and Jo Roach
Sunday 30th July - Guest Readers: Poetry in translation - Ruth Ingram, Graham Mummery and others
2. Organising a Sunday Reading 
Get in touch if you'd like to organise a reading. If you're not sure of what's involved, our guide to organising a reading at Torriano is here
Our next free dates are July 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th. We have a break during August then most dates from September onwards are currently available. Please let us know if you would like to organise a reading.  

 Organising a Sunday Reading 

Get in touch if you'd like to organise a reading. If you're not sure of what's involved, our guide to organising a reading at Torriano is here

London History Festival


Leicester's Everybody's Reading


Poetry Book Fair

This year's Poetry Book Fair will take place Saturday 17th September 2016 in London. More details soon.

Poetry Art Exchange

poetryartexchange (Romania/UK)
A project featuring poets from Romania and the UK. Each poet submitted two poems on the subject of art and/or poetry (you can find these on the blogsite They then wrote two more in response to the project. These, along with statements and discussions between poets, plus the original poems, will be developed in an online book to be published by Contemporary Literature Press, the online publishing house of the University of Bucharest ( in spring 2017.


Undercurrents Gallery in London hosts the first in a series of exhibitions promoting this project. You are invited to the Opening Show on Friday 29th April 2016, between 7 and 11pm. The exhibition runs from 30th April to 25th May, open from 12 noon to 11pm seven days a week.

Undercurrents Gallery, The Birds Nest, 32 Deptford Church St. London SE8 4RZ (


The second exhibition will take place in April and May of 2017 at Centrala Gallery, Digburth, Birmingham (, a gallery presenting Central and Eastern European art and artists interested in the region).

For further information contact Steve Rushton at

Baltic Book Market


Page and Performance


Society of Authors


Hadrian’s Wall Live Author programme at Chesters Roman Fort

All information is on our website 
For more information on the Festival go to Hadrian's Wall Live 

London Literature Festival


Manchester Literature Festival


Ariadne's Thread