Poets' Directory Live! is a virtual Poetry Society Stanza group that will bring live poetry into your home each month. We are open to Poetry Society members and non-members alike and welcome expressions of interest to take part in the events.

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17th October 2021


Free Event:

Join us for the 3rd Poets' Directory Live! Poetry Society virtual stanza reading on October 17th at 19:00 with readings from Julie Irigaray, Serge Neptune, Mab Jones, Lotte Reford and Richard Skinner.

About the Poets:

Lotte Mitchell Reford is a Glasgow-based poet and writer with an MFA from Virginia Tech, and a habit of writing about hills, fucking, and sad animals. She has had work published in, among other places, Hobart, Copper Nickel, The Moth, and Poetry Birmingham. Her first pamphlet is out now from Broken Sleep Books.

Julie Irigaray is a French Basque poet. Her début pamphlet Whalers, Witches and Gauchos was published by Nine Pens earlier this year. Her poems have appeared internationally in Ambit; Magma; Stand or Mslexia and she was commended in the 2020 Ambit Magazine Poetry Prize and The White Review Poet’s Prize 2019.

Serge ♆ Neptune has been called ‘the little merman of British poetry’. His first pamphlet is These Queer Merboys, published with Broken Sleep. His work has appeared in Magma, Fourteen Poems, Finished Creatures, Lighthouse, Banshee, Brittle Star and is forthcoming in the 'Queer Life, Queer Love' anthology by Muswell press.

Mab Jones is a “unique talent” (The Times) who has read her work all across the UK, in the US, France, Ireland, and Japan. She is the author of three poetry collections and three pamphlets, and winner of various accolades, including a recent Literature Matters award from the Royal Society of LIterature. She has presented several programmes on BBC Radio 4, written for the New York Times, teaches at Cardiff University, and is resident writer in Cardiff Wetlands. www.mabjones.com

Richard Skinner has published four books of poems with Smokestack, the most recent of which is ‘Invisible Sun’ (2021). He is Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy. He is also the founder of Vanguard Reading/Editions and is the current editor of 14 magazine.

19th September 2021


Free Event:

Join us for the 2nd Poets' Directory Live! Poetry Society virtual stanza reading on September 17th at 19:00 with readings from Naush Sabah, Martha Sprackland, Casey Bailey, Michael Conley and Victoria Kennefick.

Naush Sabah is a writer, editor, and educator from the West Midlands. She is Editor and Publishing Director at Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, and a trustee at Poetry London. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the TLS, The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, and elsewhere. Her debut double micro-pamphlet box set Heredity/ASTYNOME was published with Broken Sleep Books imprint Legitimate Snack last year and her pamphlet Litanies is forthcoming with Guillemot Press.

Victoria Kennefick's first collection, Eat or We Both Starve, was published in March 2021 by Carcanet Press. Her pamphlet, White Whale (Southword Editions, 2015), won the Munster Literature Centre Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition and the Saboteur Award for Best Poetry Pamphlet. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Poetry News, Prelude, Copper Nickel, The Irish Times, Ambit, bath magg, Banshee and elsewhere. A recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, she has also received bursaries from Kerry County Council and Words Ireland.

Casey Bailey is a writer, performer and educator, born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham, UK. Casey is the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020 - 2022 and the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020.

Casey’s second full poetry collection Please Do Not Touch was published by Burning Eye in 2021. His first full collection Adjusted was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2018. Casey has had his poetry published in a number of anthologies and journals including Poetry Birmingham Literature Journal and anthologies published by Emma Press and Verve Poetry Press.

A number of organisations have commissioned pieces from Casey, including the BBC, Symphony Hall, West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council, and he has performed his poetry in Edinburgh, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, France, India and many other places.

Michael Conley is a poetry and prose writer from Manchester, UK. His poetry has appeared in magazines including Rialto, Magma, Butcher's Dog, Strix and Interpreters House, and his first pamphlet, Aquarium, was published by Flarestack. His work has been Highly Commended in the Forward Prize. His prose work has been shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize, and his collection of short stories, 'Flare and Falter', was published by Splice in 2019 and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. His latest pamphlet 'These are not my Dreams and Anyway Nothing here is Purple' was released in 2021 with Nine Pens Press.

Martha Sprackland is an editor, writer and translator from the north of England. She was co-founder–editor of Cake magazine, and is a co-founding editor of multilingual arts zine La Errante and the independent publishing house Offord Road Books. She has published translations from the Spanish of poems by Ana Gorría (Ciclo, Debacle Ediciones, 2020), Gladys Mendía (PTC/Ledbury, 2020), and Verónica Viola Fisher (Arc/Edge Hill, forthcoming 2021) In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Peirene–Stevns Translation Prize (fiction). Following two pamphlets, Glass As Broken Glass (Rack, 2017) and Milk Tooth (Rough Trade Books, 2018), Martha's debut collection of poems, Citadel (LUP, 2020) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Costa Poetry Award and the John Pollard International Poetry Prize.

15th August 2021


Free Event:

Join us on August 15th at 19:00 for the very first Poets' Directory Live! Virtual Stanza event via Zoom. The event is part of the Poetry Society's network of Stanza groups and will be bringing poetry into your home every month. Join us for readings from the excellent Charlie Baylis, Courtney Conrad, Cai Draper, Kirsten Luckins and Bryony Littlefair.

About the Poets:

Cai Draper is a poet from South London whose work appears in various publications, with pamphlets forthcoming from Bad Betty Press, Broken Sleep Books and OrangeApple Press. Find him online @DraperCai & caidraper.com

Bryony Littlefair is a poet, community centre worker and workshop facilitator living in London. Her pamphlet Giraffe won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize in 2017 and is out now with Seren Books. She was shortlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize in 2018 and 2020. Her poems have most recently appeared in Poetry Ireland and Magma. Her first full collection Escape Room is being funded by Arts Council England and will be released with Seren in 2022. bryonylittlefair.wordpress.com

Courtney Conrad is a Jamaican poet. She is a current member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen and the London Library Emerging Writers Programme. She is an alumna of the Obsidian Foundation, Roundhouse Poetry Collective, BBC Words First Scheme and Poet in the City Producer Programme. She was the Roundhouse Slam 2018 runner-up and a BBC Fringe Slam finalist in 2019. She has competed internationally in Philadelphia at CUPSI 2018. Her poems have appeared in Bad Betty Press’ ‘Field Notes on Survival’ anthology, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, The White Review and The Lumiere Review with forthcoming poems in Anthropocene Poetry Journal and Anamot Press Anthology. She was shortlisted for The White Review Poet's Prize 2020 and Poetry London’s Mentoring Scheme and longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Women Poets’ Prize 2020 and The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition. She has been a featured poet at Glastonbury Festival, StAnza Scotland's International Poetry Festival, UKNA City Takeover Festival, Stay at Home Festival and Brainchild Festival. Her poetry explores the intersectional politics of race, religion, gender, sexuality and migration.

Kirsten Luckins is a poet and producer from Teesside, whose practice ranges from spoken word to text art. Her work has been published in many magazines, including Butcher's Dog, Under The Radar, and Magma. Her third collection, Passerine, was published by Bad Betty in 2021. She is Project Manager for the Rebecca Swift Foundation #WomenPoetsPrize, co-founder of the Celebrating Change digital memoir project, and Director of the Tees Women Poets collective.

Charlie Baylis is from Nottingham, England. He is the Editor of Anthropocene and the Chief Editorial Advisor of Broken Sleep Books. His poetry has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize. His most recent publication is Santa Lucía (Invisible Hand Press). He spends his spare time completely adrift of reality.