Celebrate at Hoxton Hall

Come and celebrate Peter Daniel’s new book ‘Season in Eden’ in the gorgeous recently refurbished Hoxton Hall on 21 October with poets Peter Daniels (obviously), Alison Winch, Kate Potts, John Hegley and me.

Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton St, London N1 6SH, doors 630, starts 730, £6

Book  at hoxton hall   http://bit.ly/2ekXvoU



Hegley hosts

At the John Hegley hosted extravaganza on Monday 23rd November at the Betsy Trotswood in Farringdon, the fantastic ‘house band’ Diego Brown and the Good Fairy are back plus the amazing oddball comic Andrew Bailey It’s gonna be a pre-Xmas humdinger! Bring your dancing shoes too.

Monday 23rd Dec 8.45pm     Door Entry £8 / £5 (I think!)

The Betsey Trotwood    56 Farringdon Road    Clerkenwell    London    EC1R 3BL 

Manchester Poetry Prize Shortlist

I’m humbled to be shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize for a small portfolio of poems.

I’ll be reading at the gala event with the others shortlisted in the poetry and short story awards on 27 October in Manchester – details here. Free but booking essential.

You can read the shortlisted poems and stories here

The finalists with winner, Lucy Igrams, centre front.

manchester poets shortlist 2015


Love at Love House

It was special reading at Love House, University of Western Australia with huge thanks especially to Kevin Gillam for sharing his fantastic poetry (his next collection is going be one to get) and his cello playing which really made it special. Presented by UWA and Well Versed.

Hello Perth writers!

Two fab workshops to come to .. and a reading tbc in Perth Western Australia soon. Hold the beach, sunshine and smiling faces…

Shake it up!
Break your habits, reshuffle the deck, change your angle, throw the balls in the air – try some new approaches that might just give you new ways into writing or a fresh voice. London-based poet Cath Drake, will lead you through a fun bundle of upside down and sideways writing prompts to work your creative writing muscle. Feel free to bring along topics or ideas you’re already writing about and we’ll shake them up! Suitable for all levels of poetry and prose writers.
17 October 1.30-4.30pm
FAWWA writing workshop in their gorgeous Swanbourne heritage house
Bookings: http://www.fawwa.org/  08 9384 4771  fellowshipaustralianwriterswa@gmail.com
(I think it’s usually around $30ish)
Reading and writing rev-up
A workshop of reading and discussing contemporary UK poets – prize winners, established masters and newcomers making waves – to inspire your reading and writing. If there’s time and inclination we’ll do a quick writing exercise at the end or over lunch for those who want to stick around Meeting at the Fremantle Arts Centre cafe.  Contact Julie Watts from Oota writer’s group or let me know if you are coming and pay on the day: https://cathdrake.com/contact-me/  Limited numbers. Friday 9th October 10-12, $15.
Submerge in poetry
London-based poet, Cath Drake reads from her new half-collection Sleeping with Rivers which won the UK Mslexia/Seren poetry prize. She’s joined by multi-award winning Perth poet Kevin Gillam whose publishing credits include three full collections and three chapbooks. Kevin inspired Cath in the early stages of her writing.

When: Thursday 15th October, 1-2pm
Then join us for tea at 2pm on the verandah (sorry, no food is allowed in the room but you can bring your lunch to have with our tea on the verandah if you wish.)

Where: Love House, 28 Broadway Crawley 6009, part of Cultural Precinct University of Western Australia.
Directions: http://www.extension.uwa.edu.au/room/580
Map: http://bit.ly/1hN5FHm