Reading Stanza & South Street present

Poets' Cafe October - Alison Brackenbury

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Fri 12 Oct, 20:30

Door time: 8pm



South Street's monthly poetry platform, hosted by Reading Stanza group, welcomes Alison Brackenbury to Reading as October's guest poet. Alison will read from her acclaimed work alongside an open mic section where local poets will be able to perform their work in a safe and supportive environment.

Alison Brackenbury was born in Lincolnshire, but moved along the limestone to Gloucestershire, where she has lived for forty years. She has published ten collections of poetry, and her work has won an Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors. BBC Radio 3 and 4 have both featured her poems, including ‘Christmas on the Radio’ which she read on the ‘Today’ programme on Boxing Day, 2017. Her 2016 Carcanet collection, Skies, was featured in The Guardian and was one of The Observer’s Poetry Books of the Year.

Alison’s reading will include poems from a very special new collection, Aunt Margaret’s Pudding, (HappenStance Press, 2018). 

Hosting will be Claire Dyer. Claire's latest novel, The Last Day, is published by The Dome Press. Her previous novels are published by Quercus and her poetry collections are published by Two Rivers Press. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio Berkshire’s Radio Reads, teaches creative writing and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. Her website is


Ticket information

£5, £4 readers

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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Contact: Box Office: 0118 960 6060; Administration: 0118 937 3456

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