December 2017

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Empathy: Poetry School Workshop
Can you really see the world from another's perspective? Explore empathetic writing with Sarah Howe.
‘How difficult is it for one body to feel the injustice wheeled at another?’ Claudia Rankine’s question points towards the possibilities and the limits of empathy, our capacity to cross the border between ‘self’ and ‘other’. Looking at poems that invite us to try on someone else’s shoes – or question the attempt – we’ll range from questions about ‘lyric’, to mirror neurons, to cultural appropriation, through a mixture of reading, discussion and writing.
The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
£72, 10.30am-4.30pm

November 2017

Reading in Newcastle

Saturday 11th November 2017
Bloodaxe Martin Luther King Anthology Launch
The anthology launch will bring poets from the States, and Carolyn Forché, to read their work and discuss the issues, alongside poets from the UK.
Newcastle University Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Timings TBC

Events in York

Saturday 11th November 2017
NAWE Conference: Poetry Masterclass
A morning workshop, details TBC
Park Inn by Radisson, North St, York YO1 6JF

Friday 10th November 2017
NAWE 30th Anniversary Conference: Poetry Reading
Evening reading and Q&A, followed by a workshop on the following morning
Park Inn by Radisson, North St, York YO1 6JF
Timings TBC

London Conference

Thursday 9th November 2017
The Complete Works Diversity in UK Poetry Conference
Morning panel with Dr Sandeep Parmar on 'the culture of reviewing' (12.30-1.15pm), followed by an evening reading with Mona Arshi, Malika Booker, Kayo Chingonyi and Karen Mc Carthy Woolf
Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Free but booking required, 7.30pm

Paradise Lost Anniversary

Tuesday 7th November 2017
Christ's College Paradise Lost Anniversary Event
An evening of talks, music and poetry celebrating the 350th anniversary of the publication of Milton's Paradise Lost, with newly commissioned poems from Sarah Howe and Helen Mort
Christ's College, Cambridge, CB2 3BU
Time TBC

October 2017

Arts Collaboration in Rochdale

Thursday 19th October 2017
Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival: Jessica Rankin’s Poetic Commission
Visual artist Jessica Rankin’s exhibition premieres a series of new drawings, paintings and embroideries inspired by the Parthenon Sculptures at the British Museum. During this event, Jessica will talk about her work and writers Amy Key, Sarah Howe and Brenda Shaughnessy, will give their own poetic response.
Touchstones Arts & Heritage Centre, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ
£5, 8-9pm

Reading in Bristol

Tuesday 17th October 2017
Bristol Poetry Festival
Reading with Rishi Dastidar and Karen McCarthy Woolf
The Mackay, Bristol
7.30pm

Events in Winchester

Saturday 14th October 2017
Winchester Poetry Day
4pm, Prizegiving Event and Reading: Hear from the winners of this year's Winchester Poetry Prize, judged by Sarah Howe
6.30pm, Reading by Sarah Howe, Hannah Lowe & Matt West
The Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB

Reading in Cambridge

Friday 13th October 2017
Cambridge University Poetry & Prose Society (CUPPS)
The Palmerston Room, St John's College, Cambridge, CB2 1TP
7pm

Reading in London

Tuesday 10th October 2017
Cultural Crossings: Poetry and the World Service
How does poetry contribute to culturally diverse audiences? How do poets articulate the experience of cultural crossing which dominates our world today? How does poetry reach out and matter to a truly global audience? The BBC World Service has been a superb medium to share poetry across the world. Four poets Jack Mapanje, Kayo Chingonyi, Sarah Howe and Ruth Padel, read poems on crossing cultures, and reflect on what has been, should be and could be the role of The World Service in enriching the impact of poetry across the world. Kings Arts & Humanities Festival, King's College London
8pm

September 2017

Poetry London Launch

Wednesday 20th September 2017
Poetry London: Autumn Launch
Poetry London launches its Autumn 2017 issue with readings from Nuar Alsadir, Oli Hazzard, Liz Berry and the winners of this year's Poetry London Competition. The evening will be hosted by this issue’s Guest Poetry Editor Sarah Howe.
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
£6.50, 7pm

July & August 2017

Competition Judging

I am going to be judging two competitions this summer, one for individual poems and another aimed at 16-18 year olds writing creative responses to poetry. Do send in your entries for both!

Winchester Poetry Prize 2017
First Prize: £1,000
2nd Prize: £500
3rd Prize: £250
In addition to receiving cash prizes winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Day on Saturday 14th October 2017.
Closing Date: 31 July 2017

Forward/emagazine Student Critics Competition
A new writing competition in response to poems on the Forward Prizes for Poetry shortlist 2017, with separate categories for 14-16 year olds, 16-19 year-olds and teachers. Choose between writing a critical appreciation or a creative/critical response. We are delighted that Sarah Howe and Sarah Crown will be the judges for the competition.
Closing Date: 11 September 2017