South Street & Reading Stanza present

Poets' Cafe April - Locals' Night

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Fri 12 Apr, 20:30

Door time: 8pm

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Our April Poets' Cafe is Locals’ Night with 4 local poets giving bespoke readings from their latest books plus a shorter-than-normal open mic, all hosted by Claire Dyer:

Lesley Saunders is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Nominy-Dominy (Two Rivers Press 2018) – ‘a feature of this collection is its sheer ease with and celebration of language itself’ (Martin Malone, The Interpreter’s House). In 2016, Lesley won the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation with her English version of a poem by the acclaimed Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta; Lesley’s new book, Point of Honour, pays homage to the radical and erotic work of Horta – who is about to celebrate her 82nd birthday – with nearly 100 translated poems.

Kate Behrensʼ third collection is Penumbra, published by Two Rivers Press. The previous two books (also Two Rivers Press) were The Beholder (2012) and Man with Bombe Alaska (2016). Other poems have appeared in Mslexia (where she was runner up in their 2010 competition), Blackbox Manifold, Stand, The High Window, An Anthology of Poetry, The Arts of Peace (Two Rivers Press), Sitegeist, Poetry Salzburg Review and as Oxford Brookes Poem of the Week.

Robin Thomas completed the MA in Writing Poetry at Kingston University in 2012. He has had poems published in a number of journals including Agenda, Envoi, Orbis, Brittle Star, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Scotland, Pennine Platform, The High Window, South, Stand, Rialto and The Interpreters House.  His pamphlet, A Fury of Yellow, was published by Eyewear in November, 2016.  His collection Momentary Turmoil was published by Cinnamon in March 2018.

Peter Robinson has published prose poems, aphorisms, short stories, a novel, literary criticism, a collection of his interviews, and many books of poetry and translations for which he has received the Cheltenham Prize, the John Florio Prize and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His Collected Poems 1976-2016 is published by Shearsman Books in February 2017. He is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, and Poetry Editor for Two Rivers Press.


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£5, £4 readers

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South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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