27 Oct – Wild Writing at Manor Fields Park, age 7-11 – come and connect with nature, reflect on the changing seasons & the wildness that surrounds us in every day life. Book your free tickets, various sessions available.
Various dates: Mothering in NICU: Creative Storytelling Workshops. Part of “Embodying Mothering in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” at the University of Dundee. Contact Sushila Chowdhry for more info.
9 October, Chair: Fiona Sampson, Two Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning @ Ilkley Literature Festival, All Saints Church, Ilkley. Tickets and full programme now available, 5.30pm.
14 May – Poetry Workshop: “Speaking Truth to Power: Poems of Protest, Resistance & Peace,” part of Ignite Imaginations‘ “Talking About Our Generation Festival.” Online. Free tickets, book online, 3 – 5pm.
7 March: Leeds Lit Festival – Literary Salon with Clare Fisher, Reading & Discussion, Online, 12 – 1pm
25 February: Digesting History: New Poetry (Rachel Bower, Kayo Chingonyi, Joe Kriss), Film Premier (Dir. Eelyn Lee), Interactive Arts (The Bare Project). Online, 8pm – Tickets now available.
4 February: Poetry Workshop: Hope & Kindness, Sheffield Flourish
15 January – Poetry Reading & Seminar, Birth(ing) Stories, Universitee Paris Nanterre (Centre de Recherches Anglophones), 3pm – 5pm (Central European Time), online.
19 November – Launch of Butcher’s Dog Magazine. Online, 7pm.
22 October – Walter Swan Poetry Prize Winner Announcement, YouTube Premier, 11am
‘Digesting History’ – British Library/ Poet in the City – details TBC
2 October – Launch of Anthology of Illness, Emma Press. 7pm. Online: tickets available.
12 June – Writing the maternal: reflections and poems, Representing Women’s Health Conference, online.
27 March – Poetry Reading and Q&A – ‘Writing the Maternal’ (online), Stay At Home Festival,
17 March – Collections in Verse (Poet in the City/ British Library), Highfields Celebration, Highfields Library, 12-1.30pm
11 March – Beyond Our Time and Place (research talk & poetry reading), Chapelgarth Estate, North Yorkshire, TS9 7ET
27 February – Postcolonial Research Seminar, Department of English, University of Cambridge, 5-7pm
20 February – Workshop with Shirin Teifouri – “Writing for Wellbeing: Starting to Express Yourself Through Writing”, Good Chance FreeDome, Sheffield, Barker’s Pool
17 February – Liz Ferret’s Poetry Prize Award 2020, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, 7pm
13 February – Poetry & Animism: Re-enchanting the World (reading with Malika Booker, Kimberly Campanello< Kadija Ibrahim, Jason Allen-Paisant, Nick Makoha), Sadler Seminar Series, University of Leeds, 6-8pm
12 February – “Reading as a Writer”, Modern and Contemporary Seminar with David Wylot, John McLeod, Tracey Hargreaves & Stuart Murray, School of English, University of Leeds, 4.30-6.30pm
18 January – Launch of Stand Magazine 17(4) – Special Issue for Elaine Glover , School of English, University of Leeds, 6-8pm
5 November – LIVE Literature Anthology Launch – The Result is What You See Today ed. Kim Moore & Ben Wilkinson, Bolton Central Library, 6.30pm – 8pm
20 October – Chair/ Host: Miriam Gamble & Colette Bryce, Ilkley Literature Festival, Ilkley Playhouse, LS29 8DW, 5.15 – 6.15pm
20 October – Reading: University of Leeds Poetry Centre Showcase, Ilkley Literature Festival, Ilkley Playhouse, LS29 8DW, 3.30 – 5.15pm
17 October – Stefan Helgesson, Centre for World Literatures/ ICPS Annual Lecture: “Literature and Decolonisation“, 5.15 – 6.30pm, Chemistry, LT D (G 35)
26 September – Listening Workshop, Highfields Library & Children’s Centre, Sheffield, S2 4NF (Poet in the City/ British Library Commission), 10am-12noon
Drop in: Listening Workshops, Highfields Library & Children’s Centre, Sheffield, S2 4NF (Poet in the City/ British Library Commission), various sessions throughout September
12 June – “Leeds to Ibadan: Poets, Editors, Librarians” @ School of English Research Celebration, University of Leeds
10 June – Loose Muse Guest @ Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, 7pm
14 May – “Translocality, Small Magazines and Nigerian Poetry”, Finding Africa Seminar Series @ University of Leeds
9 May – Poetry Cabaret, University of Leeds @ Workshop Theatre, 7-9pm
2 May – “Anthologies, Editors and the Materials of Nigerian Poetry”, The Materials of African Literature Symposium, Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text (CLEMT), @ University of Birmingham
27 April – 7pm -11pm, Chesterfield Labour Club w. Helen Mort & Ichabod Wolf
4-5 April “Anthologies and Nigerian Poetry”, Contemporary Africas Conference, University of Leeds
March – Guest Editor @Algebra of Owls Magazine
28 March – “Mothers Who Make” with Toria Garbutt & Helen Mort, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
21 March – “Writing the Maternal”, Guest with Liz Berry & Jessie Greengrass, York Literature Festival @ York St John’s University
8 March – “Express Yourself” workshop, Hunter’s Bar Junior School, Sheffield
13-14 December – After Empire, University of Leeds
15 November – Sheffield Poets, 7.30pm @ Sheffield University Arms, Sheffield
14 October – Sunday Service Poetry Stage, No Borders Festival @ The Holt Sheffield, 11am-1pm
9 October – Facebook Live! Ilkley Literature Festival Preview, 3pm @ Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds,
4 October – Poetry Trail, National Poetry Day @ York Explore Poetry
3 October – Women of Words, Kardomah 94, Hull, 2-4pm
11-13 September – African Studies Association UK Conference – “Communities, Collaborations, Crafts & Crossings (with Jarad Zimbler), University of Birmingham
29 June – Festival of Debate Closing Party: 100 Years of Womens Suffrage @ 7pm, Picture House Social, Abbeydale Rd, Sheffield (with Wordlife, Helen Pankhurst, Hollie McNish, Salena Godden, Girl Gang DJs) – Tickets for Good
19 April – Celebrating Verse Matters Anthology @ Alumni Room, School of English, University of Leeds, 5.30pm
1 March – Verse Matters Anthology @ Chapter One Books, Manchester, 7.30pm
8 March – ‘Stand & Friends’, Headingley Literature Festival @ Heart, Headingley, 7.30pm
10-11 November – Tony Harrison at 80: A Celebration @ Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9DA
11 July – Writers in the Bath @ The Bath, Sheffield
22 June – Migration Matters – Verse Matters, @Moor Theatre Deli, 7.30pm
7 June – Remembering Oluwale Celebration @ Outlaws Yacht Club, Leeds 7pm
27 May – Special Verse Matters @ South Yorkshire Poetry Festival @ Moor Theatre Deli, Sheffield, 7.30pm
27 April – Tony Harrison in Nigeria “New Light on Tony Harrison“, British Academy, London
4 Apr – Women’s Path’s Research Group: Informal talk on the urgency of intersectional feminism today, including poetry reading and photography @Alumni Room, School of English (House 10), University of Leeds, 5.15-6.45pm
9 March – Verse Matters (SheFest special for International Women’s Day) @Moor Theatre Deli, 7.30pm
23 Feb – Hive-Verse Matters Young People’s Open Mic @Theatre Deli, Sheffield, 7.30pm
16 Feb – Women-of-Steel workshop, Hunter’s Bar Infant School, Sheffield
14 Feb – Knit/lit Workshop (Yorkshire Year of the Textile) @Royal Armouries, Leeds, 2-4.30pm
9 Feb – Verse Matters @Moor Theatre Deli, Sheffield, 7.30pm
1 December – The Gauntlet @The Holt Cafe, Sheffield, 8pm
25 November, Reclaim the Night, 6.30pm Assembly for march (Sheffield Cathedral), Rally (Coffee Revolution) 7.30pm
24 November, Big City Read @York Explore, 7-8pm
7 November, Sheffield Anti-Slam @The Old Crown, London Rd
3 November – Verse Matters @The Moor Theatre Deli, Sheffield
27 October, Hive Verse Matters Young People’s Open Mic @Theatre Deli, Sheffield
25 October, Launch of Cultural Institute @Great Hall, University of Leeds
6 October, Verse Matters @The Moor Theatre Deli, Sheffield
1 September, Verse Matters @The Moor Theatre Deli, Sheffield
Peace Poetry Workshops @ various schools, Leeds
19 August, Bank St Arts, Sheffield
10 July, Ilkley Literature Festival/ Wordlife, Bradford Playhouse
Peace Poetry Workshops @ various schools, Leeds
23 June, Verse Matters @ Moor Theatre Deli, Yorkshire Festival/ Refugee Week
18 June, Words and Whippets @ York Theatre Royal
17 June, Postcolonial Education: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in and After Empire (Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium), Rose Bowl, Leeds
11 June, The Cabaret Stage, Peace in the Park, Sheffield
3 June, “Epistolarity, Literary Ancestries and World Literature” (Classics as/and World Literature), Kings College London
16 May, Guest, Fictions of Every Kind, Leeds
20 April, Five Leeds Poets, Poetry Centre, School of English, University of Leeds
15 April: Lyrical Presents Rachel Bower and Amy Kinsman, @Vittles, Sheffield
14 April: Guest, Live at the Lux, A Firm of Poets, Pudsey
2 April: ASSIST Poem-a-Thon, Art House Cafe, Sheffield
18 March: Scribble @ Shakespeares, Sheffield, S3 8UB
3 March: Verse Matters, International Women’s Day @ Moor Theatre Deli with River Wolton (Poet), Amy Kinsman (Poet) and Fiona Helsing (Musician).
Friday 28 January: Scribble @ Shakespeares, Sheffield, S3 8UB
Thursday 7 January: Verse Matters @ The Mugen Tea House, Sheffield with Gav Roberts (poet), Chella Quint (Poet/ Comedy) and Avital Raz (Musician).
Tuesday 10 November: FURIES Poetry of Women Warriors: Paperback Launch @ White Cloth Gallery, Leeds
Friday 30 October: A New Word Order @ West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Wednesday 21 October: Lunch Poems @ School of English, University of Leeds
Tuesday 20 October: Reading @ “Feminism is Not a Dirty Word”, The Green Room, Sheffield
Friday 9 October: Poetry Out Loud: Performance and Publication in the Digital Age with Helen Mort, Malika Booker, Rachel Bower and Rommi Smith @ The Chemic Tavern, Leeds 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 October: Leeds Humanities Research Institute: “A Failure of Craft”? Poetry in Leeds, Ibadan and Zaria in the 1950s and 1960s
Saturday 3 October: Reading @ Lynwood Gardens Festival, Sheffield
Friday 2 October: Reading @ We Shall Overcome, Queen’s Social Club, Sheffield
Thursday 10 September: Verse Matters @ The Hide, Sheffield. Featured artists: Genevieve Carver (Poet), Lou Richards (Musician) and Toria Garbutt (A Firm of Poets)
Friday 4 September: Rotherham Open Mic Performance (ROMP) @ The Bridge Inn, Rotherham.
Thursday 13 August: Verse Matters @ The Hide, Sheffield. Featured artists: Charlotte Ansell (Paper Boat Poets), Anamoli Meraki (Poet/ Singer) and Arash Shafei Sabet (Musician, Arts on the Run). Open mic performances from Danielle Matthews (poet), Laura Ronan-Toulson (poet).
Thursday 6 August: Spoken Weird (Featured) @ Bar Up, Halifax.
Monday July: Gorilla Poetry @ Brewdog, Sheffield.
Thursday 9 July: Launch of Verse Matters @ The Hide, Sheffield. Featured artists: Sheffield-based poet Helen Mort and Performance Poet Toria Garbutt (A Firm of Poets) and Mina Salama (Arts on the Run). Open mic performances from: Danielle Jeanee Richards (Up Scribe) Carol Eades (Poet and Gorilla EventsFriday ), Kate Garrett (Poet and Editor), Kev Titterton (Poet), Liz Ferrets (Poet), Rachel Garner (Poet).
Friday 3 July: Rotherham Open Mic Performance (ROMP) @ The Bridge Inn, Rotherham.
Thursday 2 July: Public discussion with ASSIST and Rafiki Jazz, Northern Postcolonial Network @ SITE Gallery, Sheffield.
Monday 22 June: Gorilla Solstice Relaunch @ Brewdog, Sheffield.
Tuesday 16 June: Sharrow Festival Poetry Slam @ The Old Crown Inn, Sheffield.
Thursday 11 June: Poetry and a Pint (A Firm of Poets) @ Cafe Lux, Pudsey, Leeds.
Saturday 6 June: Words in the City Slam @ Ilkley Literature Festival.
Friday 5 June: Rotherham Open Mic Performance (ROMP) @ The Bridge Inn, Rotherham.
Saturday 23 May: A Firm of Poets Associate (A Firm of Poets/ ROMP, South Yorkshire Poetry Festival), @ The Bridge Inn, Rotherham
Thursday 7 – Friday 8 May: Paper on Tony Harrison’s Poetry or Bust @ Goldsmiths Place for Poetry Conference, London.
Wednesday 25 March: Paper on Comparative Literature and Field Theory @ Inaugural Event of Northern Postcolonial Network, Liverpool John Moores University.