Poets’ Café

Poet's Cafe
Reading’s longest-running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza.

Held on the second Friday of each month at South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU (map here), the night is made up of an open mic section where we welcome anyone to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, and a full reading by some of the country’s finest poets.

  • Doors open at 8 pm, poetry starts at 8.30 pm.
  • Entry costs £5 and £4 for concessions (including those reading in the open mic).
  • Only one one-page poem per poet in the open mic please!

Further information and recommendations of guest poets can be made to:

Poets’ Café Rep: Claire Dyer
Poets’ Café Administrator: Andrew Curtis
or Poets’ Café Social Media Rep: Sagarika Banerjee
on info@clairedyer.com

Or contact us via:

Focebook Poet's Cafe Twitter

Dates for 2017 are: 13th January, 10th February, 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 9th June, 14th July, 11th August, 8th September, 13th October, 10th November, 8th December.


Poets’ Café has been running for almost 20 years. First set up by Susan Utting (http://www.susanutting.com/) it has been under the stewardship of writer, comedian and champion of all things poetical, A. F. Harrold (http://afharrold.tumblr.com/) since 2004 and a list of guest poets who’ve read there over the last gazillion years includes: Abi Curtis, Adam Horovitz, Adrian Blamires, Alan Buckley, Alison Brackenbury, Alison Hill, Andre Mangeot, Angela France, Anne-Marie Fyfe, Annie Freud, Annie Katchinska, Anthony Wilson, Aoife Mannix, Brenda Read-Brown, Brendan Cleary, Brian Patten, Bernard O’Donoghue, C.L. Dallat, Carmen Bugan, Caroline Bird, Carrie Etter, Catherine Smith, Choman Hardi, Chrissie Gittns, Christopher Reid, Claire Dyer, Claire Trevien, Clare Pollard, Daljit Nagra, Dan Cockrill, David Caddy, David Cooke, David Olsen, Dorothy Yamamoto, Dzifa Benson, Elizabeth Garrett, Esther Morgan, Eva Salzman, Fiona Moore, Fiona Robyn (Satya Robyn), George Chopping, George Roberts, Gill Learner, Hannah Silva, Harry Man, Helen Farish, Helen Mort, Hilda Sheehan, Hollie McNish, Holly Hopkins, Hugh Dunkerley, Ian House, Jacqueline Saphra, James Byrne, Jane Draycott, Jane Griffiths, Jane Holland, Jane Williams, Jean Sprackland, Jean Watkins, Jeff Cottrill, Jehane Markham, Jo Bell, Joe Butler, Joe Duggan, Joe Dunthorne, John Foggins, John Hegley, John Stammers, Julia Bird, Kate Behrens, Kate Clanchy, Kate Noakes, Kathleen Quinlan, Kathryn Maris, Katrina Naomi, Katy Evans-Bush, Lesley Saunders, Liz Berry, Lorraine Mariner, Maggie Butt, Maggie Sawkins, Mario Petrucci, Martin Malone, Matt Bryden, Matt Harvey, Matthew Hollis, Maurice Riordan, Michael Laskey, Mike Loveday, Myra Schneider, Naomi Foyle, Neil Rollinson, Niall O’Sullivan, Oliver Dixon, Pat Borthwick, Paul Henry, Paul Lyalls, Paul McLoughlin, Peter Robinson, Peter Wyton, Philip Wells (The Fire Poet), Polly Clark, Rob Evans, Roddy Lumsden, Ros Barber, Roselle Angwin, Rosemary Norman, Sally Read, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Sara-Jane Arbury, Sarah Jackson, Stephen Payne, Sue Boyle, Sue Hubbard, Susan Utting, Terry Cree, Todd Swift, Tom Chivers, Tom Warner, Tony Williams, Victoria Pugh, Wendy Klein … (and possibly others Ashley forgot to write down at the time…)