UPCOMING EVENTS

27 January 2020, time TBC

ENGLISH PEN celebration event

Celebrating Writers at Risk around the world. MORE INFO COMING SOON

— The Bishop, Kingston

06 December 2019, 7.00pm

At the Edge of Town: Chapbook Poetry

This event sees the launch of Guildford poet Susie Campbell's new chapbook of poems and photographs, 'I return to you'. In addition, this night will be a celebration of chapbook poetry, featuring three other local poets whose chapbooks have been published by Sampson Low. Lucy Furlong, Astra Papachristodoulou and Julia Rose Lewis are exciting, acclaimed poets who live in or near Guildford. This is a unique opportunity to hear Susie, Lucy, Astra and Julia read together as chapbook poets. More here.

— The Spike, Guildford

 

05 December 2019, 7.30pm

Blockplay Launch

Join us for the launch of Astra Papachristodoulou's pamphlet Blockplay (pub. Hesterglock Press) in a poetry evening themed around childhood games. Come and play with interactive poems at the Poetry Society's Cafe and see a limited pop-up exhibition at the Cafe's basement featuring contemporary UK-based poets. The event will also feature brand new performances created for the night from Russell Bennets & Colin Raff, Sarah Cave, Patrick Cosgrove, JD Howse, L.Kiew & Mike Weston, James Knight, Yvonne Litschel, 
Stephen Mooney, Lizzy Turner, Simon Tyrrell, Nick Murray, Luke Thompson, Konstantinos Papacharalampos, Michał Kamil 
Piotrowski & Astra Papachristodoulou. More info here

— The Poetry Cafe, London

 

PAST EVENTS:

 

07 November 2019, 6.00pm

Poets in the Library II

Six poets respond to The Yellow Book magazine series held in the collection of Westminster Reference Library, through new poems, music and visual art. This event will feature L. Kiew, Astra Papachristodoulou, Martha Kapos, Alice Hiller, Isabelle Baaffi and Serge Neptune. On the night, you will also be able to view original responses to The Yellow Book from a range of contemporary poet in an exhibition curated by Astra Papachristodoulou. Free entrance, but please reserve your space here.

— Westminster Reference Library, London

10 October 2019, time TBC

Guillemot Poets Reading

Three Guillemot Press poets will be reading new work at the lovely Chener Books in East Dulwich, London. The event will see readings from Susie Campbell, Mario Petruccio and Astra Papachristodoulou.

— Chener Books, East Dulwich

28 September 2019, 4.00pm

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the eighth Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival at Sterts 27 – 29 September. As usual, there is an exciting and varied line-up of poets and artists across the generations, with readings, workshops, walks, exhibitions and an extravaganza of a community event! The festival's stellar line-up of poets is an exciting mix of established names and rising stars, including John F Deane, Phoebe Power, Andrew McMillan, Rachael Allen and many more! Find out more here.

— Starts Theatre, Cornwall

11 September 2019, 7.00pm

Stargazing //Perseverance Valley: Book Launch

Join us for the double launch of two new stellar pamphlets from Guillemot Press and KFS Press at the Poetry Café on September 11th (7pm) and get the first glimpse into Astra Papachristodoulou’s Stargazing (Guillemot Press, 2019) and Sarah Cave’s Perseverance Valley (KFS Press, 2019). Come along for a moon-themes night of poetry performances & cake with readings from Sarah and Astra as well as guest poets Anna Cathenka & Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset. You can find our more here.

— The Poetry Cafe, London

18 July 2019, 7.00pm *as a curator*

artBLAB London

Join us for an evening of talks about art and its whereabouts and discover the processes and works of 5 ground-breaking artists, from up-and-coming young designers to established poets! This time we present poet and voice practitioner Serena Braida, photographer Cady Herring, curator Marta Grabowska and urban paper artist Inkteraktiv. The event is curated by Michał Piotrowski and Astra Papachristodoulou. More info here.

— The Poetry Cafe, London

14 July 2019, 7.00pm

European Camarade

Twenty two poets in eleven pairs present eleven brand new live works over one night. An event part of the legendary Torriano Meeting House reading series, started in 1983 by John Rety and Susan Hill, this Camarade event will celebrate and explore poetry in collaboration with new live works made by pairs of poets from across London and the UK. Featuring Russell Bennetts & Calliope Michail, Astra Papachristodoulou & Maria Sledmere, Han Smith & Kirsten Irving, SJ Fowler & Harry Man, Molly Bergin & Jennah Fletcher, Mischa Foster Poole & Amy Cutler , Matt Martin & Ghazal Mosadeq, Lavinia Singer & Kate Wakeling and more!

— Torriano Meeting House, London

09 July 2019, 7.15pm

Guillotine 

The seventh poetry night of event series, Guillotine. The event features poets Astra Papachristodoulou, Becky Varley-Winter, Kat Peddie. Astra will be launching her new pamphlet 'imprints we leave behind', a series of predominantly visual poem and will feature the making of bespoke visual poems live on stage. Suggested entry fee of £4.

— Beehive,Tottenham

06 July 2019, 7.00pm

The Poet's Brut Special View Performance Event

Join us at the launch event of The Poet’s Brut group exhibition which will take place at The Poetry Society Cafe from July 1st to 27th. Poem Brut affirms the possibilities of the page, the pen, and the pencil (and the crayon) for the poet in a computer age, and celebrates these ideas in the live realm alongside the two dimensional. Brand new works exhibited by eight of the UK’s most exciting contemporary poets, featuring: Chris McCabe, Paul Hawkins, Astra Papachristodoulou, Karen Sandhu, Simon Tyrrell, Imogen Reid, Vilde Torset and Patrick Cosgrove. More info here.

— The Poetry Cafe, London

 

26 June 2019, 7.00pm

Eels: A Guillemot Press Poetry Evening

Eel-themed poetry readings at the Dutch Church. Poetry with Guillemot Press and friends. Luke Thompson will be introducing poets Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Astra Papachristdoulou and Jerome Fletcher, who will be reading eely poems from The Creel anthology.

— Dutch Church, London

06 June 2019, 7.00pm *as a curator*

artBLAB London

Join us for an evening of talks about art and its whereabouts and discover the processes and works of 5 ground-breaking artists, from up-and-coming young designers to established poets! This time we present floral artist Alice McCabe, theatre practitioner Millie Boardman, artist Jasmine Pradissitto, and poets Iris Colomb and Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset. The event is curated by Michał Piotrowski and Astra Papachristodoulou. Book your ticket here.

— The Poetry Cafe, London

05 June 2019, 7.00pm

Hungarian Lit Night #2: tributes to Attila József

Lyrical, idiosyncratic and impassioned, the mature works of Attila József have been celebrated throughout the world since his premature death in 1937. This event celebrates the iconoclastic Hungarian poet through brand new commissions of contemporary artists, writers and musicians, who respond to József - his poems, ideas & life - with new performances.The event will feature Ellen Wiles, Astra Papachristodoulou, Stephen Watts, Gareth Evans, SJ Fowler, Bettina Fung and more. Info here.

— The Hungarian Cultural Centre, London

 

22 May 2019, 7.00pm

Guillemot Press Poetry evening

The SLG Bookshop hosts the launch of Kalimba by Petero Kalulé, published by Guillemot Press. Join us for readings by Petero Kalulé and poets Astra Papachristodoulou and Lisa Kiew accompanied by freeform music with Alec Kronacker (bass), Matt Atkins (percussion), Yifeat Ziv (vocals) and Sebastian Sterkowicz (guitar/bass clarinet). Book your free ticket here.

— South London Gallery, London

 

18 May 2019, 4.00pm

Poem-A-Thon

A non-stop Poem-a-Thon featuring an astonishing line-up of sixty poets over ten hours. Each poet will read for eight minutes, entry is by donation, and you can come and go as you please. All poets are donating their time and poetic talents for free, and many poets are are available to sponsor individually or you can donate to the event as a whole. Money raised will help support The Poetry Society. Readers include Kirsten Irving, Geraldine Clarkson, Martyn Crucefix and many more. Find out more here

The Poetry Café, London

15 May 2019, 7.00pm

Dirt Corrupted Poetry

Dirt is compulsive behaviour, undignified things and a source of life – poets and artists consider how dirt can damage or become beautiful. With Sophie Herxheimer, Ella Frears, Kostya Tsolakis, others tbc. Tickets will also be available on the night on the door. More info here.

The Poetry Café, London

12 May 2019, 4.00pm

Heroines: On the Blue Peninsula Poetry Party

This is a launch party for 'Heroines: On the Blue Peninsula Poetry Party' by Becky Varley-Winter (V. Press). Featuring readings from Becky Varley-Winter + Guest Poets, with musical interludes. Guest Poets will be reading their own poem about a heroine, and/or a poem by one of their heroines. Featuring Iris Colomb, Fran Lock, Ollie Evans, Astra Papachristodoulou, Kirsten Irving, Jon Stone and many more. More info here

The Harrison Pub, London

 

06 April 2019, 7.30pm

The European Camarade, collaboration with Lina Buividavičiūtė

A remarkable event where 34 poets in 17 pairs from 25 countries will present brand new collaborations of literary performance, made especially for the night at Rich Mix, near Brick Lane, London. The grand event of the festival, a celebration of contemporary European poetry and the possibilities of collaboration. Find out more here.

—Rich Mix, London 

 

28 March 2019, 7.00pm

The leaving-our-own-continent Camarade, collaboration with Michal Piotrowski

Dynamic, innovative, collaborative poetry from over a dozen of Europe’s most interesting poets marks the night when the UK officially leaves it’s own continent. New works, made in pairs by these poets, both local to Kent and visiting from across Europe, will be performed just for this night. A unique celebration of the possibilities of collaboration and contemporary poetry aim to alleviate, however briefly, the malaise of Brexit. More info here.

Gulbenkian Café, Canterbury  

20 March 2019, 7.00pm

Queen Mob's Tea House Reading

Come to the Torriano Meeting House for Queen Mob's Teaparty. The evening will se the launch of Berfrois The Book and Queen Mob's Tea House Teh Book. Featuring readings from Owen Vince, Nadia de Vries, Andrew Wells, Russell Bennetts, Calliope Michail, Colin Raff, Juliet Jacques and Judson Hamilton. 

—Torriano Meeting House, London 

19 March 2019, 6.30pm

Berfrois Anthology Book Launch

Berfrois and Queen Mob's Tea House come together with Dostoyevsky Wannabe to launch 'Berfrois The Book//Queen Mob's Tea House Teh Book' at The Second Shelf. The work features original pieces by writers from the two publications.

Speaking from within the liminal are Hawa Allan, Nadia de Vries, Calliope Michail, Astra Papachristodoulou, Steven J Fowler, and Russell Bennetts. Copies of the title will be available to purchase at the event. More info here.

—The Second Shelf, London 

10 March 2019, 7.00pm

artBLAB series

A lovely evening of informal talks is returning on the 10th March at The Canvas Cafe. Join us at 7pm for an evening of talks about art and its whereabouts and discover the processes and works of 5 great artists, from up-and-coming young designers to established poets.

This event will feature talks from mask maker Anaïs Lalange, experimental poet Astra Papachristodoulou, innovative poet and academic David Ashford, interaction designer J Whitehead and musician and teacher Ryan O'Riordan. More info here.

—Canvas Café, London 

08 March 2019, 7.00pm

Wretched Strangers reading

In response to surges of violent British nationalism and political paranoia around borders, and to related social and ethical crises, JT Welsch and Ágnes Lehóczky have assembled an anthology to mark the vital contribution of non-UK-born writers to this country’s poetry culture. Come to a special reading featuring poets from the Wretched Strangers anthology (Boiler House Press) organised by Agnieszka Studzinska on the 8th of March. More info here.

The Exchange, London 

21 February 2019, 7.30pm

Poetry/Poetography Exhibition, collaboration with Sarah Dawson

The third annual exhibition of visual literature at Surbiton’s Museum of Futures. With nearly 30 artists exhibiting new works that take on the intersections between poetry / literature and photography as an act of exploration, of paradox, of possibility. Two mediums living through different creative realities - one purely linguistic, the other visual, one built of light, upon technology, the other originary in the human mind. Featuring Iris Colomb, Lisa Kiew, Julia Rose Lewis, Karen Sandhu, Paul Hawkins and many more. More here.

Museum of Futures, London 

20 February 2019, 7.00pm

Poethetic Pathogens (a Michaux inflammation): an exhibition by SJ Fowler

A special view opening event on February Wednesday 20th, free entry, 7pm start, will feature performances  and readings by Christian Patracchini, Iris Colomb, Astra Papachristodoulou & Oliver Fox, Russell Bennetts and SJ Fowler, all responding to Henri Michaux and his life and work. Five new paint or asemic poems by SJ Fowler will be exhibited alongside, and responding to, an original work by 20th century poetical iconoclast, Henri Michaux. More info here.

Avivson Gallery, London 

26 January 2019, 7.30pm

The Vienna Camarade, collaboration with Arvis Viguls

The European Poetry Festival presents a night of new collaborative poetry performances from pairs of poets in the literary and avant-garde traditions. Drawing on some of the most innovative and dynamic poets from the significant Vienna poetry scene alongside those travelling into Austria from UK, Norway, Latvia, Hungary, Slovenia, Holland, Greece France, Italy and beyond, this will be a unique evening of made-for-the-night live poetries. More info here.

Einbaumöbel, Vienna 

 

23 November 2018, 7.30pm

Xing the Line: Wretched Strangers Anthology Launch

Launch reading for Wretched Strangers, a new anthology of poetry by writers born overseas and based in the UK. Readers include Ágnes Lehóczky, Wanda O’Connor, Chris Gutkind, Tim Dooley, Alireza Abiz, Iris Colomb, Jeff Hilson, Monika Genova, Virna Teixeira, Gizem Okulu, Tim Atkins, Astrid Alben, Agnieszka Studzinska and Astra Papachristodoulou. As with the anthology itself, proceeds from the reading will be donated to charities fighting for the rights of refugees.

—Iklektik, London 

31 October 2018, 7.30pm

Dead [Women] Poets Society: Halloween Edition

If you’re looking for a feminist literary Halloween event, you’ve found it. Join us for an extra spooky edition of Dead [Women] Poets Society as they return to The Poetry Café to commune with the dead on All Hallows’ Eve. Jasmine Simms will resurrect and discuss Elizabeth Siddal, and we’re delighted to be joined by Astra Papachristodoulou who will be raising artist, futurist, lamp-designer and poet Mina Loy. Previous readers have included Rachel Long, Helen Mort, Camille Ralphs, Eiffel Gao, Frances Leviston, Emily Harrison, Jenny Danes, Imogen Cassels and Ankita Saxena. Find out more here.

—Poetry Cafè, London 

 

24 October 2018, 8.30pm

IGNOR Festival

The IGNOR Festival will take place from the 24-26 October at Club Gromka which is situated in the very heart of Metelkova in Ljubljana. It will feature avant-garde poets from the UK, Argentina, Serbia and Austria, amongst them Steven J Fowler and Max Höfler. The festival will also see the launch of Astra Papachristodoulou's chapbook ‘Almost a Nightmare’ in Slovenian, translated by Muanis Sinanović and produced by Dejan Koban in a limited edition print run. Visit the Klub Gromka website for more info.

—Klub Gromka, Ljubljana 

13 October 2018, 7.30pm

European Camarade, collaboration with Ellie Tsatsou

Brand new collaborative performances from some of Europe's most exciting poets, with works made especially for the night, celebrating the possibilities of contemporary avant-garde and literary poetry. Featuring Livia Franchini, Nadia de Vries, Serena Braida, Iris Colomb, SJ Fowler, Diamanda Dramm and Theodoros Chiotis amongst others. More info here.

Rich Mix, London

6 October 2018, 7.00pm

Ampersand Poetry Night

Join us for an immersive psychogeographical poetry event at 504 Ridgway Road, Brixton. The evening will feature some extraordinary new collections both by established Ampersand writers Hermione Cameron and Robert Hainault, and Ampersand newcomers Astra Papachristodoulou and Mark Staples, alongside newly exhibited artworks and an immersive musical installation.

—504 Arch, London

4 October 2018, 7.00pm

Writers' Centre Kingston

Kingston University's literary cultural centre presents readings from poets and writers on the theme of Becoming. The three speakers are Damien Le Bas, Tina Chanter and Christoph Lueder. The event will also see the launch of Astra Papachristodoulou's Clockwork, a quietly simmering circuit around the city of Guildford, a journey in time, thoughts, and train stations, told in the beautifully simple, cropped language of a busy cosmopolitan age. More info here.  

—Rose Theatre, Kingston

22 September 2018, 2.00pm

Free Verse Poetry Book Fair

Robots, androids and the like are welcome to join Sidekick Books at Free Verse 2018 for a sneak peek of their upcoming 'No, Robot, No!' anthology - a book from the future! The event will feature readings from Rebecca Wigmore, Rebecca Barley-Winter and Astra Papachristodoulou. Check out the full programme here

—Senate House, London

28 June 2018, 6.00pm

Bedford Square 11 launch 

MA Creative Writing graduates celebrate the launch of 'Bedford Square 11' on the 28th June. The anthology of fiction and poetry showcases their best work at the culmination of the MA. The group read to an audience of friends, family, staff and agents, and mingled at our drinks reception.

—Senate House, London

15 June 2018, 4.00pm

PRAXIS 10 

Praxis 10, all-dayer: please note new early start! 4pm-10pm, £5, Cafe Oto Project Space - curated by Simon Pomery with assistance from the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre and Royal Holloway's Humanities and Arts Research Institute. Featuring Gillian Wylde & Redell Olsen, Electric Crinolines, Pip Thornton, Simon Pomery, Astra Papachristodoulou, Calum Hazell & William Messenger, Emma Mackilligin & Tiffany Charrington & Rhiannon Armstrong. 

—Café OTO, London

31 May 2018, 7.00pm

A-Z of Villainy

From mere dastardly cads to terrifying despots, what makes a famous villain? Holly Hopkins, Jon Stone and Kate Potts assigned 26 poets to each create a new poem exploring a most hated villains: from Norma Bates to Darth Vader, from Weinstein to Zorr. 

Join us to hear poems from: Nisha Ramayya, Paul Stephenson, Kirsten Irving, Theophi Kwek and Amy Evans amongst others.

—Betsey Trotwood, London

22 May 2018, 6.30pm

'Astropolis' Book Launch

Haverthorn and Fathom Books get together for a night of poetry involving two pamphlet launches. Free entry, so bring your friends and even frenemies along to witness performances by JC Joseph, Scherezade Siobhan, Owen Gv, Astra Papachristodoulou, Julia Lewis, Sarah Dawson and Petra Kamula. This is a launch for Astra Papachristodoulou's pamphlet 'Songs From Astropolis' (HVTN, 2018) and Julia Rose Lewis' 'How to Hypnotize a Lobster' (Fathom, 2018). 

—Peckham Pelican, London

12 April 2018, 7.30pm

Theatre of Failure Poetry Night

Theatre of Failure is an irregular LGBTQ poetry night organised by JD Howse and Sarah Dawson. It is held upstairs at the Nell of Old Drury, a fabulous theatre pub near Covent Garden. We endeavour to provide a platform for LGBTQ poets creating experimental/innovative work. The first event featured readings by Mendoza, Kat Sinclair, Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain, Astra Papachristodoulou, Libby Norman and Sarah Dawson. Full programme here.

—Nell of Drury, London

7 April 2018, 7.30pm

European Poetry Festival Camarade, collaboration with Muanis Sinanović

The European Poetry Festival Camarade 2018 will take place on Saturday 7th April at the Rich Mix in London. A remarkable evening that brings 32 poets from 25 countries together, in 16 pairs, presenting brand new collaborations of literary performance, made especially for the night. The grand event of European Poetry Festival, featuring Livia Franchini, Christodoulos Makris, Frederic Forte, Kinga Toth, Simon Pomery, Erik Lindner, Harry Man, Max Hofler, SJ Fowler, Alessandro Burbank, Astra Papachristodoulou, Muanis Sinanovic and Aušra Kaziliūnaitė amongst other. More info here.

—Rich Mix, London

5 April 2018, 7.30pm

Opening night of the European Poetry Festival

A celebration of contemporary literary and avant-garde European poetry as the closing event of Kingston University's Writers' Centre programme for 2017 / 2018. World renowned poets visiting from Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and Venice read alongside European poets local to the Kingston area or currently studying at Kingston University.

—Rose Theatre, Kingston

19 March 2018, 6.00pm

RHUL MA Creative Writing Open Day

Come and meet the team to find out more about what Royal Holloway can offer you. Former students from the MA will read from their published work and answer questions about the fiction, poetry and poetic practice pathways.

—Bedford Square 11, London

22 February 2018, 7.00pm

Scribbling & Scrawling, collaboration with Dacy Lim

An exhibition that presents new visual literature on the theme of Scribbling and Scrawling - works that explore the handmade, the illegible, the dirty, the rough, the visual, the material, the calligraphic, the link - works which resist their content and express their context. Works that celebrate the notation, the forgotten, the colourful. As part of that exhibition this event will present a special one off Camarade - a collaboration event featuring new works made by pairs of writers who are exhibiting. the region.

Museum of Futures, London

11 November 2017, 4.30pm

Reading from 'Almost a Nightmare'

Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre presents readings by poets from the MA in Poetic Practice and the practice-based Phd programme. Featuring Calum Hazell, Libby Norman, Iris Colomb, Matt Martin, Aimee Le, Mischa Foster Poole, Emma

Mackilligan, Alex Marsh, Sarah Dawson, Simon Pomery, Tiffany Charrington, Tom Crompton, Karen Sandhu, Joseph Howse and

Astra Papachristodoulou.

—Conway Hall, London

30 October 2017, 7.00pm

'Almost a Nightmare' book launch with Contraband Live

Contraband Live returns to the Apollo Room above The Crown on Clerkenwell Green to launch beautiful new books by poets Eleanor Perry, Astra Papachristodoulou, Dorothy Lehane, and Rhys Trimble.There will be an Open Mic slot. Come join us and hear some of the most exciting poetry currently being written and performed in the UK. More info here.

—Crown Tavern, London

 

6 May 2017, 7.30pm

European Poetry Night, collaboration with Henriette Støren

An amazing opportunity to see some of the most exciting contemporary poets from all over Europe, as over 25 poets travel to London to share brand new collaborative poems, premiered on the night and written for the occasion, in pairs, across languages, styles & nations. Expect experimentation, innovation and performance - these are the best and brightest, from Iceland to Italy, from Holland to Spain, from Poland to Norway. Curated by SJ Fowler. More info here.

Rich Mix, London 

24 August 2017

Poetry Reading

This special view performance event is part of the Worm Wood exhibition by Tereza Stehlikova and SJ Fowler, set in the beautiful Dissenter's Chapel and part of the remarkable and historic Kensal Green Cemetery. Some of the London p's most interesting writers, poets, artists and musicians will share works responding to the city, in all its nebulousness. Featuring Tony White, Thomas Duggan, Alexander Kell, Iris Colomb, Astra Papachristodoulou, Susie Campbell, SJ Fowler and more. More info here

—Kensal Green Cemetery Chapel, London

5 May 2017, 7.30pm

European Poetry reading

European Poetry at Libreria featuring readings from some of Europe's most innovative and dynamic poets, visiting London from a half dozen European nations. This event celebrates the shared literary tradition of our continent with truly contemporary readings and performances in one of London's most beautiful bookshops. More info here.

—Libreria, London

10 February 2017, 7.00pm

University Camarade, collaboration with Phoebe Power

A unique collaborative event, students from the Creative Writing departments of Kingston University, Edge Hill University, York St John, and Glasgow present a dozen brand new works in collaboration. The event has begun a tradition of remarkable innovation and energy, allowing young poets the chance to create collaborations in one of London's most dynamic venues.

Rich Mix, London 

5 November 2016, 2.00pm

Small Publishers' Fair

Small Publishers Fair is an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers. Readings from MA Poetic Practice students will take place at Conway Hall in Bloomsbury. Featuring readings by Matt Martin, JD Howse, Mischa Foster Poole, Astra Papachristodoulou, Simon Pomery, Bob T Bright, Francesco Aresco and Sarah Dawson. There will be many other readings and events throughout the two days of the fair (4th and 5th November).

—Conway Hall, London