The Poetry Business hosts regular readings at venues and festivals across the UK to launch and showcase new titles, and issues of The North magazine. Check this page regularly for details of our forthcoming events, and events at which our poets are performing.

Tristram Fane Saunders & Sarah Fletcher @ Free Verse Poetry Book Fair

Hear our New Poets Prize winners Tristram Fane Saunders & Sarah Fletcher read at the Free Verse Poetry Book Fair in London this Saturday.

Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. It celebrates the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK with a day of conversation and sales, providing an unrivalled opportunity to browse the very best in contemporary poetry publishing and to meet publishers, poetry organisations and poets. Free Verse is managed by The Poetry Society.

Find out more here.

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Saturday 22nd February, 11.40am, Free

The Equilibrium Line @ Highland Bookshop

The Equilibrium Line by David Wilson

David Wilson will read from his recent collection The Equilibrium Line, poems inspired by climbing. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, e.g. about approaches to writing mountain-themed poems. And David will make sure he includes a poem or two about Ben Nevis.

Recently featured in the Guardian’s Best New Poetry, The Equilibrium Line won the 2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition Award for Mountain Fiction and Poetry and was shortlisted for the Boardman-Tasker Prize – the only UK published book to be honoured in both awards this year.

‘An outstanding second collection by the poet and novelist examining ambition, failure, risk and where to draw the line in settings ranging from the gritstone crags to the Alps and further afield.’ – Roger Hubank, Chair of Judges, Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature 2019

Please note this event will be hosted in our upstairs event space.

Saturday 22nd February, 2pm, Free, More info

StAnza Poetry Festiva: Jay G Ying reads with Suzannah V Evans

Get yourself along to this Border Crossings session to hear two poets reading from their hotly anticipated debuts.

Sunday 8 March | 11.30–12.30 | £4.50/£3.50 | More info/Book

Katabasis by Jay G Ying

Suzannah V. Evans’ work has been widely published in literary magazines across the UK and broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol. Influenced by residences at Underfall Boatyard in Bristol in 2019, and currently Bank Street Arts, her writing has focused on the role of poetry in our experience of place. Her debut poetry pamphlets are appearing with Guillemot Press in spring 2020. She will be reading alongside Jay G. Ying, a Chinese-Scottish poet, critic and translator based in Edinburgh and winner of the 2019 New Poets Prize. An exploration of violent traditions and queer desire, his debut pamphlet, Wedding Beasts (Bitter Melon, 2019), was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s Callum MacDonald Memorial Award. Don’t miss the passionate and impressive poetry of these provocative new voices.

Agnes Kirk presents: Madeleine Wurzburger & Kate Ling

Sleeve Catching Fire at Dawn by Madeleine Wurzburger

Madeleine Wurzburger will be reading from her new collection, Only a Few are Looking at the Sky at the Right Moment, alongside Kate Ling (Balcony, Agnes Kirk Press).

Friday 13th March | 6.30–8.30pm | Free | Please RSVP

Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX