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

Sam Smith books plus Original Plus publications and The Journal

Poetry in the Pond, Bristol

Carnegie House, Bridgend
Comedy Night
18 August 8pm

Featuring Canadian star of Michael Macintyre's Roadshow and Comedy Central Sean Collins, support on the night from Rhondda comedian Andrew Rutledge and hosted by our regular compere Paul James. [more]
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Welsh Language Arts & Crafts – Hungry Caterpillars:
Menter Bro Ogwr
Saturday 19 August 11am

Create your very own hungry caterpillar out of fruits and vegetables — they might just be good enough to eat! Mask making and other arts activities also included. Suitable for ages 0–6 years old, fluent or active learners welcome. [more]
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New programme of events announced at
Carnegie House, Bridgend

Awen Cultural Trust, the organisation responsible for managing the Grand Pavilion, Maesteg Town Hall and a number of other community facilities, has joined forces with Bridgend Town Council to create a new programme of live events and workshops for Bridgend Town Centre’s arts venue – Carnegie House.

The new programme begins at the end of April and will feature lunchtime theatre, comedy nights, children’s theatre, poetry evenings as well as live music.  The participatory programme will include adult drama and dance classes as well as young writers workshops hosted by award winning local writer Rhian Edwards. [more]
Box Office: 01656 815995
Carnegie House, Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF 

English PEN events

Michael Longley

Join English PEN at The British Library on Tuesday 10 October, 7-8.30pm, for a special event in honour of poet and academic Michael Longley as he receives the PEN Pinter Prize 2017.

The evening will be a celebration of Longley’s work with readings and an encomium by Professor Eamon Duffy. We’re thrilled that the prize will also be shared with an International Writer of Courage: a writer who is active in defence of freedom of expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty. Selected by Longley from a shortlist of international cases supported by English PEN, the co-winner will be announced on the night. Audience members will also hear a special address by Michael Longley, which will be available to take away in a limited edition booklet published by Faber & Faber.

Now in its ninth year, the prize was established in memory of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter and is presented annually to a writer who, in the words of Pinter, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world’ and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination…to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.’ Michael Longley was selected to receive the PEN Pinter Prize 2017 by this year’s judges Tom Gatti, Don Paterson, Polly Stenham, Antonia Fraser and President of English PEN and Chair of Judges, Maureen Freely.

PEN Pinter Prize 2017 | The British Library | Tuesday 10 October, 7-8.30pm | Book Now!

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The PEN Pinter Prize is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Ruth Maxted, and the Thompson Family Charitable Trust.

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

Frome Jazz Club

FJC is delighted to present our next 2 featured players - Andy Hague (trumpet) on Sep 24 and John Martin (sax) on Oct 5.

Frome Jazz Club is rapidly gaining a reputation for the high energy and high quality of its gigs, held in the intimate setting of the Cornerhouse pub in Frome (1 Christchurch Street East, Frome, Somerset BA11 1QA) - and all are free entry, so early arrival is advised if you want a seat.

Keep it live and keep it real!

Frome Jazz Club: Music of Monk and Silver, with Andy Hague

We're always delighted to welcome Andy Hague to FJC, both for his scintillating trumpet playing and his terrible jokes. For this event he appears with piano virtuoso John Law and his trio, to play the great music of Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver. Entry free, doors 7pm - great time guaranteed and early arrival advised.

Frome Jazz Club: Between the Notes, with John Martin

We try to ring the changes at FJC, and on Oct 5 we are excited to present a jazz star new to the area, the young sax player John Martin (acclaimed by Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy, and more), with a programme of music quite unlike the club's usual high octane fireworks.  John has developed a unique playing sound that includes multiphonics and overtone colourings, and for this event John and the Keith Harrison-Broninski Trio are taking a quieter more intimate approach with an unusual programme of material that offers us the chance to explore between the notes.  Having said that, we are unlikely to resist providing a few pyrotechnics here and there!  Entry free, doors 8pm, and early arrival advised.


Cheltenham Poetry Festival

The Bakehouse

Hexham Book Festival

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


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