Thursday, October 31, 2013

LONDON: Caroline Bergvall and Peter Finch

Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 7pm, FREE
Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate

Martin Colthorpe, Acting Head of Literature and Talks at Southbank Centre presents an evening with Caroline Bergvall and Peter Finch, two leading lights in the UK’s avant-garde poetry scene. Join us to hear two mesmerizing poets performing their work in the context of the Art Meets Language exhibition. Ranging from Bergvall’s language art to Finch’s concrete/sound poetry, the readings will be followed by a conversation and audience questions chaired by the poet Steven Fowler, who will also give a short talk on contemporary avant-garde poetics.

Our events are free, but we recommend that our visitors book a seat via our website:

LONDON: Camden Reading Series

Friday, November 1st, 2013, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm), £5/£4, WINE

Trinity United Reform Church,
1 Buck Street,
Camden Town
1-2 mins. Camden Town tube

Ruth O'Callaghan presents Eyewear Publishing poets Penny Boxall, Sheila Hillier, Elspeth Smith, plus Todd Swift, Eyewear publisher.

Poets from the floor very welcome. Please bring a copy of the poem if you wish to be considered for the new anthology.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CAMBRIDGE: Hammer and Tongue

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, 7.30pm for 8pm start, £6.50, £5 concessions, £3 slammer, discounts online.
The Fountain,
12 Regent Street,

Hammer & Tongue Cambridge featuring Stephen Morrison-Burke, with support from Justina Kehinde

Slammers compete for a place in the Regional Final. Last year’s winner of the Hammer & Tongue Cambridge Final, Stephen Morrison-Burke, is the current H&T National Slam Champion and Birmingham Poet Laureate.

Justina Kehinde: second of twins, youngest of eight, passionate about justice and the world’s social state.

Contact details:; 07904 488009

LONDON: I'm Sorry I Haven't Haiku

Tuesday, November 12th & 26th, 2013, 7.30pm, £5
Colonel Fawcett Pub
1 Randolph Street,
London NW1 0SS
Nearest tube: Camden Town/Camden Road
Contact: Michelle Madsen 07514 296242,

Two teams. Four rounds. Seventeen syllables. It's comedy and poetry dragged through a dictionary backwards. And it's short, very short. 
Hosted and devised by Michelle Madsen


Monday, November 11th, 2013, 7.30pm, £3/£2
The White Horse
4-6 Clarendon Avenue,
Leamington Spa,
CV32 5PZ

PUREandGOODandRIGHT is an Open Mic poetry event taking place every second Monday of every month (except December). 

This month our special guest is PGR Slam Champion Augustus Stephens
Augustus spent 25 years working in computers, but has given up his day job to be a poet / musician / performer delighting audiences with his true-life adventures in funny and heart-rending poems. He'll also throw in, at no extra charge, the occasional comic ditty accompanying himself on his small guitar. He has performed his one-man-show 'This Way Madness Lies' at the Birmingham Fest and will be taking it on the road, including Edinburgh Festivals, next year.

You can book an open mic slot on the night!

From time to time we are located upstairs, so please let us know if you require disabled access before the event.
If you would like to know more about the night email: 

GALWAY: October Over The Edge Open Reading

Thursday, October 31st, 2013, 6.30pm-8pm, FREE

Galway City Library

The Featured Readers are Sarah O’Toole, Margaret Brady and Frank Dullaghan. There will as usual be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. The evening will also see the announcement of the winners in this year’s Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, which received a large number of entries again this year. This year’s competition judge is Sarah Clancy.

Sarah O'Toole hails from the West of Ireland and works as a theatre practitioner and lecturer. She was the winner of the Aran Islands/Hillstead poetry competition in 1997 and travelled to Connecticut to read at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival with other emerging poets from both sides of the Atlantic. Since returning to her passion for poetry she has been published in Emerge Literary Journal, Crannóg and The Irish Left Review. She has also written two plays which have been performed in Ireland - an adaptation of Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" and an original piece "The Heroism Hotline" co-written with Donnacha Bushe.

Margaret Brady grew up in 1960s Dublin. An only child, she filled the long, lonely winter evenings curled up by the fire with good books. Over the years she remained a voracious reader of virtually every genre of book with a particular soft spot for science fiction. She moved to Galway from Dublin as a trailing spouse nearly 20 years ago. It was only meant to be for one year, but Galway seemed to be the perfect place to raise children. She hasn't returned to Dublin yet. She shares her home with her two college going children, an energetic dog and four and a half cats. She has recently been a participant in creative writing classes at Galway Technical Institute.

Frank Dullaghan is an Irish writer living and working in Dubai since 2006. He holds an MA with Distinction in Writing from the University of South Wales (previously Glamorgan). His poetry has been widely published in UK and Irish journals. Prior to living in Dubai, Frank lived in the UK where he was a co-founder of the Essex Poetry Festival and chaired the judging panel for The Young Essex Poet of the Year competition. He was also editor of Seam Poetry Magazine for many years. In Dubai, he has run workshops in poetry and short story writing in schools, university and for various literary and writing groups. He is a member of the spoken word platform Poeticians as well as the Dubai Writers Group and the Emirates Literary Group. Frank has two collections of poetry - On the Back of the Wind, 2008 and Enough Light to See the Dark, 2012 from Cinnamon Press - and two collections of haiku published in the UK. His third poetry collection, A Slow Implosion of the Heart, is due out from Cinnamon Press in September 2014.

As usual there will be an open-mic after the Featured Readers have finished. New readers are always most welcome. The MC for the evening will be Susan Millar DuMars. For further details phone 087-6431748.

Over The Edge acknowledges the ongoing generous financial support of Galway City Council & The Arts Council.