Books, Poetry

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Launch: Tim Craven’s Lake Effect

A special night of Tapsalteerie poetry to celebrate the launch of Tim Craven’s debut poetry pamphlet, Lake Effect. Reading alongside Craven will be Kate Tough and Calum Rodger. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Tim Craven lives in Edinburgh where he is completing a PhD examining the characterisation of mental illness in…

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Tue 16 Jul

Free / 0131 557 2876

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Dr John Cooper Clarke

The legendary Mancunian punk poet, who is a spiritual godfather to the likes of Mike Skinner and Plan B hauls his insatiable laconic wit on tour.

The 1865, Southampton

Wed 4 Dec

£21.45–£29.15 / 023 8022 2605

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Sun 24 Nov

£39.75–£50.75 (£21.87) / 020 8365 2121

Alexandra Palace Theatre, London N22

Sun 24 Nov

£35–£45 / 0208 365 2121

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Friendly Fridays

A communal space with craft activities, board games, books, a Nintendo Wii and an outside area.

Rose Walker Community Centre, Stockport

Fri 28 Jun

Free / 0161 429 0490

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Fri 5 Jul

Free / 0161 429 0490

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Fri 12 Jul

Free / 0161 429 0490

  • 10:00 – 15:00
…and 85 more dates until 26 Feb 2021

Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Regular storytelling club involving song and music aplenty.

Waverley Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Jun

suggested donation £4–£5 / 0131 557 1050

Four legs Good, Two Legs Bad with Daniel Serridge

An Obscurity of Poets

Evening celebrating poetry hosted by poet and storyteller Andrew James Brown.

Mascara Bar, London N16

Thu 27 Jun


  • 20:00 – 23:30

Thu 25 Jul


  • 20:00 – 23:30

Thu 29 Aug


  • 20:00 – 23:30
…and 3 more dates until 28 Nov

Portland Street Exchange Southampton: Arts and Literature

Local creatives host this day of literary-themed workshops and activities.

Mutrend Lab, Southampton

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 02380 972 366

200th Anniversary of Lord Byron's Don Juan

Byron's Don Juan is one of the wittiest and most entertaining poems in the language. This exhibition celebrates its 200th anniversary with display of unique material from the archive of its original publisher, John Murray.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 20:00
…and 26 more dates until 27 Jul

Autumn Apples

Join us for harvesting and pressing our apples and taste the juice of the freshly pressed fruit. There will be cooking demonstrations using apples, and apple-themed craft activities. Have a go at writing your own poem and add it to our poetry tree. We will be exploring Hardy's references to apples in his writing and…

National Trust: Hardy's Cottage, Dorchester

Tue 1 Oct

Free Admission applies / 01305 262366

Tidelines Book Festival

Largs-based book festival with a great little line-up of events for kids and adults alike.

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Thu 26 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Fri 27 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Sat 28 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Sun 29 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Art and Poetry to Delight the Senses

Former Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca reads a selection of her poetry which were inspired by Victoria Crowe's paintings.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 21 Sep

Free / 0131 529 3993

Art Late: 'The Moment': Music and Words inspired by Victoria Crowe

A special evening of poetry, stories and performances inspired by Victoria Crowe's paintings. Free but booking is essential.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 23 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

Burns Weekend 2020

Celebrate Burns' birthday with music, poetry and dancing. The line-up includes BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015 Claire Hastings, John Glover, Sandy McLelland, Lee McQueen and Callum Watson.

Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club, Dumfries

Sat 25 Jan 2020

£129 / 01387 254111

  • 19:00 – 00:00

Colouring-in with Words

Poet Katy Hastie leads this free creative session for families to make poems and stories about colour, inspired by the work of Victoria Crowe.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 10 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

Eric Davidson - Across the Loony Verse

One of Scotland's finest comedy poets returns to North Berwick with 60 minutes of classic doggerel. With a wealth of topical and personal material, Eric will ensure you leave the Spiegeltent with a beaming smile on your face. "I've seen better looking faces on an Easter Island Postcard' (Polynesian Enquirer)." All ages

Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Wed 7 Aug


Part of Fringe by the Sea.


A celebration of poetry from Walsall, the West Midlands and further afield.

The Lamp Arts Centre, Brownhills

Sat 6 Jul

Free / 01543 452119

  • 12:00 – 19:00

Ghost River: Southampton Stories

Fresh from their poetical promenade of the city, local poetry collective Ghost River return to take you on an indoor journey through the ages of Southampton, along the river from source to sea. Join us on a journey through bankrupt canals, the ribs of dinosaurs and the quiet carriage, via blue triangulated dots with…

The Art House, Southampton

Sat 6 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 023 8023 8582

Hame-ish 3

Informal evening of music and poetry. All tickets should be purchased via Brownpaper tickets.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Sat 20 Jul

£6–£8 / 0131 226 2666

Hardy's poems

Hardy wrote poetry from his early twenties but it was not until his novel writing came to an end in 1895 that he began his career as a poet. In his lifetime he published almost 1000 poems, his finest being the poems he wrote in 1912-13 following the death of his first wife Emma.

Max Gate, Dorchester

Tue 1 Oct

Free Admission applies

Imploring the Territory: Taking the Language for an Unwalk

Poetic performance on the hidden tolls demanded by the literature of walking.

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

Wed 3 Jul

£6 / 0131 557 2876

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Islay Book Festival

An intimate and friendly festival on the popular whisky isle that caters to Scotland's love of crime thrillers as well as introducing quirky and challenging books in a programme with something for all ages.

Various venues: Islay

Thu 29 Aug

Times & prices to be confirmed

Fri 30 Aug

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sat 31 Aug

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sun 1 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed

Meet Anna Maria Fox

Drawing on stories from the journals of Anna Maria's siblings, Barclay and Caroline as well as the poetry of Charles Fox of Glendurgan, Anna Maria's performance provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the famous Quaker Fox Family of Falmouth.

Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth

Tue 10 Sep

Free Admission applies / 01326 252020

Thu 12 Sep

Free Admission applies / 01326 252020

Sun 15 Sep

Free Admission applies / 01326 252020

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

This is Lemn Sissay’s life story; a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph. Sissay reflects on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Infused with all the lyricism and…

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Fri 20 Sep


£10–£22 / 0121 446 3232

National Poetry Day

Seek inspiration, take in a tour or write a poem and share the things that inspire you.

National Trust: Wordsworth House, Cockermouth

Thu 3 Oct

Free Admission applies / 01900 824805

Newark Book Festival

Literature festival in Newark filling a weekend with author events, panel talks, and activities for the entire family.

Various venues: Newark

Fri 12 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 12:00 – 20:00

Sat 13 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 09:30 – 19:00

Sun 14 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Places of Poetry

Series of activities exploring the literary heritage of the Lake district through poetry.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Mon 29 Jul

Free / 01539 435544

Tue 30 Jul

Free / 01539 435544

Wed 31 Jul

Free / 01539 435544

…and 4 more dates until 4 Aug