Readings & Talks


9 October – New Writers Showcase with Imtiaz Dharker, Ilkley Literature Festival, 7.30pm @ The Manor House, Ilkley

14 October – No Borders Festival, The Holt Sheffield


11-13 September – African Studies Association UK Conference – “Communities, Collaborations, Crafts & Crossings (with Jarad Zimbler), University of Birmingham

JULY 2018

19 July – Launch of Moon Milk with guest Kate Garrett, 10.30am @ Hagglers Corner, Sheffield

JUNE 2018

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

APRIL 2018

19 April – Celebrating Verse Matters Anthology @ Alumni Room, School of English, University of Leeds, 5.30pm

MARCH 2018

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


17 October – Launch of Verse Matters Anthology @ The Holt, Sheffield, 7.30pm


9 Sept – 31 October – ‘Root and Branch’ exhibition @ All Good Stuff, Butcher’s Works


31 August, Wordlife/Apples & Snakes Present Caroline Bird, Rachel McCrum, Helen Mort & Rachel Bower @ DINA Venue (S1 4HP), 7-10pm.

JULY 2017

11 July – Writers in the Bath @ The Bath, Sheffield

JUNE 2017

23 June – performance York Theatre Royal @ 7.10pm as part of Everything is Possible, York Theatre Royal

22 June – Migration Matters – Verse Matters, @Moor Theatre Deli, 7.30pm

7 June – Remembering Oluwale Celebration @ Outlaws Yacht Club, Leeds 7pm

MAY 2017

27 May – Special Verse Matters @ South Yorkshire Poetry Festival @ Moor Theatre Deli, Sheffield, 7.30pm

APRIL 2017

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

MARCH 2017

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

JULY 2016

10 July, Ilkley Literature Festival/ Wordlife, Bradford Playhouse

Peace Poetry Workshops @ various schools, Leeds

JUNE 2016

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

MAY 2016

16 May, Guest, Fictions of Every Kind, Leeds

APRIL 2016

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

7 April: Verse Matters @ Moor Theatre Deli, Sheffield with Rosie Garland (Poet), Robert de Born (Poet) and Sarah Sharp (Musician).

2 April: ASSIST Poem-a-Thon, Art House Cafe, Sheffield

MARCH 2016

18 March: Scribble @ Shakespeares, Sheffield, S3 8UB

3 March: Verse Matters, International Women’s Day @ Moor Theatre Deli withRiver 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).


Thursday 12 November: Verse Matters @ The Hide, Sheffield with Kate Garrett (Poet), Gina Elbow (Poet) and Sarah Yaseen (Rafiki Jazz)

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

Thursday 15 October: Verse Matters @ The Hide, Sheffield with Shelley Roche-Jacques (Poet), Sarah Thomasin (poet) and Hervé Perez (improv. saxophonist)

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.

JULY 2015

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.

JUNE 2015

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.

MAY 2015

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.

MARCH 2015

Wednesday 25 March: Paper on Comparative Literature and Field Theory @ Inaugural Event of Northern Postcolonial Network, Liverpool John Moores University.


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