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Saturday 4th July 2015 

The Oranges of Revolution – In Dialogue

 … with a top line-up of socially and politically engaged poets: Niall McDevitt – Wendy French – Nnorom Azuonye – Agnes Meadows – Talha Ahsan – Pauline Seawards – Chip Grim – Murray Shelmerdine

Keats Oranges

Following the launch of my second collection, The Oranges of Revolution (Smokestack Books), I’m inviting half a dozen socially & politically engaged poets to share in the discussion and explore the notion of change in its many diverse forms – on both a domestic and international level. From the Arab Spring to the UK riots of 2011, global austerity measures and beyond, the event aims to create space for expanding and deepening dialogue.

The evening offers a dynamic variety of thought, themes, literary voice and music. And the best part: it’s happening on a Saturday – The Fourth of July, of all days! So come and experience some some top-class, thought-provoking literature in the beautiful setting of Keats House, enjoy a glass of wine with your friends, exchange ideas with the poets or the person sat next to you, and make yourselves at home!

Featuring poets – Wendy French and Niall McDevitt

Writer & Lyricist – Murray Shelmerdine

Readings from – Nnorom Azuonye – Agnes Meadows – Talha Ahsan – Pauline Seawards – Chip Grim

Saturday 4th July at Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London, NW3 2RR. Kick-off  7pm. Entrance FREE. Donations in aid of Syrian Refugee Crisis.

NEAREST TRANSPORT LINK: Hampstead Heath Station (Overground). Belsize Park (Northern Line)


Saturday 27th June 2015

ORANGES & STRANGERS – An Evening of Politically Acerbic Verse

A Shot in the Dark, 12 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3DL, 7pm. Entry £5, guests asked to wear Orange!

Bringing my latest collection The Oranges of Revolution to Cardiff for a night of politically acerbic verse. Official Welsh launch!

There will also be a a full bill of well-respected poets, including eco-poet, Helen Moore, Bristol-based, Pauline Seawards, Red Poet regular, Mike Jenkins, local favourite, J. Brookes, the angry voice of the Valleys, Sion Tomos Owen, and just for added romance, the dark and thoughtful tones of Leon Lazarus, plus host for the evening, the former Square writers’ magazine editor, Nick Fisk.

So bring yourselves – and bring strangers to A Shot in the Dark from 7pm. Entry £5, guests asked to wear something Orange!


Thursday 25th June 2015

Kakania: An Anthology – LAUNCH

Image of The Kakania anthology

at The Hardy Tree Gallery, Thursday 25th June

Delighted to be part of SJ Fowler’s new anthology Kakania, celebrating the legacy of the Habsburg era through contemporary text and art. I’ll be reading alongside other contributors at the intriguing MAHU exhibition.

Kakania: An Anthology:

Friday 10th April 2015


The Oranges of Revolution - Cover

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden on Friday 10th April. Doors 7.30pm / Start 8pm

To celebrate the launch of my next collection, “The Oranges of Revolution”, I’m thrilled to invite a compellingly diverse, dynamic team of poets to share in the dialogue. On board: Helen Moore , Graham Buchan , Fatemeh Shams, SJ Fowler, Fran Lock, Dave Bryant, Benedict Newbery, Ceri May and Carolion Teague.

The collection addresses the Arab Spring, UK riots of 2011 and beyond. Above all, it’s about opening communication channels, vital to society’s progression – hence the crew: their varied styles, voices, themes, thoughts and energies.

And it’s happening on a Friday! So come along, make yourselves at home, enjoy drinks and friends and new unknowns – and add to the energy at The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden on Friday 10th April. Doors 7.30pm / Start 8pm. Entry: £3.

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