24 January / ‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ screening, Bristol
7 April / Guest poet, with Dawn Gorman @ Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge
2-4pm, Bridge House, Trowbridge. Plus open mic. http://drawingprojects.uk
4 May – 1 July / Instagram Poetry Exhibition, National Poetry Library, London
‘The world’s first Instagram poetry exhibition’. Includes my poem-picture ‘An Average Kiss’. More details here.
6 June / The Prince Consort: Whatever Love Is…, Wigmore Hall, London
7.30pm, Andrew Staples (piano), Verity Wingate (soprano) and Alisdair Hogarth (tenor) join forces with writer Laura Mucha to explore who and why we love, juxtaposing songs with poetry, philosophy and psychology. Includes my poem ‘Winter in the Room’. Details and tickets.
30 June / ’20 minutes with Shauna Robertson & Dawn Gorman’, Ledbury Poetry Festival
12.15pm, A conversation between poems and poets exploring the theme of Restraint & Release. Here’s the blurb: “There’s no shortage of life experiences that can lead us to feel clenched, checked and hemmed in. So how do we give authorities the slip, shirk family patterns, wriggle free from relationships and unpick the locks of our own limiting kinks?” www.poetry-festival.co.uk
9 July / Frome Festival Poetry Café
7.30pm, Open mic contest to win the title of Frome Festival Poet Laureate 2018 (host Crysse Morrison / featured poet Rob Barratt).
2 August / ‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ screening, Chippenham
7-9pm at The Old Road Tavern, Chippenham. Screening of film-poems by the Poetry Film Collective. Includes my films ‘Outside’, ‘On the Ills of Smoking’ & ‘Welcome to the Crush Zone’. Details on Eventbrite here.
29 October / Frome Poetry Café with Dawn Gorman
7.30pm, Two poets, two themes, two conversations in poetry form. The first theme is Restraint & Release (previously performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival in June – details above) and, since it’s Hallowe’en, the second is Death. Details here.
7 November / ‘Adventures in Poetry Film’ screening, Swindon
7-9pm at Darkroom Espresso, Swindon. Screening of film-poems by the Poetry Film Collective. Includes my films ‘Outside’, ‘On the Ills of Smoking’ & ‘Welcome to the Crush Zone’. More details.
Winter / 7th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens, Greece
Poetry films created by the Poetry Film Collective and recently shown at events in Chippenham and Swindon will be screened in Athens as part of the 7th International Video Poetry Festival, staged by the Institute for Experimental Arts.
23 Feb – 12 Mar / Museum of Futures Visual Poetry Exhibition, Surbiton
Curated by SJ Fowler, includes my poem-picture ‘In My Dreams’. Details here.
16 May / Ledbury Poetry Salon
7-9pm, Hellens Manor in Much Marcle. Open mic reading (host Chloe Garner / featured poet Gregory Leadbetter).
20 May / Bath Festival
Performing on various outdoor stages throughout the day (Southgate, Kingsmead Square, Alfred Street) alongside fellow members of the Town Hall Poets group.
27 May / BathSongs: Whatever Love Is…
5.45-6.45pm, St Swithin’s Church, Bath. Laura Mucha (poet), Andrew Staples (tenor) and Alisdair Hogarth (piano) perform a mingling of words, music and song on the theme of human connection. Includes my poem ‘Winter in the Room’. Details & tickets.
13 June / Poetry & Flash Fiction @ Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge
7-9.30pm, Studio Café, Bridge House. Open mic reading (host Josephine Corcoran / featured poet Hilda Sheehan).
3 July / Out of Place, St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London
8pm. A one-off gala performance of new musical works. The Out of Place project explores how contemporary poetry on the themes of displacement and new beginnings can be used as an inspiration for musical composition. Includes my poem ‘The Day the Songs Escaped’. Tickets here.
11 Dec – 3 Feb 2018 / ‘Headbooks!’ exhibition, The Poetry Café, London
Sidekick Books presents an exhibition of visual poems from the first two titles in their wildly experimental Headbooks series, ‘Aquanauts’ and ‘Bad Kid Catallus’ (each of which includes a handful of my poem-pictures). Details here.
30 March / Albion Beatnik, Oxford
Reading at the launch of issue 61 of The Interpreters’ House magazine.
23 April / ‘Jonathan Edwards & Other Superheroes’, Wenlock Poetry Festival
Launch of my chapbook Blueprints for a Minefield with a reading alongside Jonathan Edwards and Jill Munro.
26 April / Writers at the Brewery, Cirencester
Open mic reading (host Rona Laycock / featured poet Matt Duggan).
5 June / Buzzwords, Cheltenham
Open mic reading (host Angela France / featured poet Jo Bell).
6 Oct / National Poetry Day, Trowbridge Arts
‘Say It With A Poem’ at Trowbridge Town Hall. Organised and hosted by poet-in-residence Josephine Corcoran, poets and artists collaborate to make message poems and images for display.
16 Oct / Cheltenham Literature Festival
Members of the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network present a selection of writing inspired by the theme of ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’.
17, 19 & 21 Oct / The Writers’ Room, Corinium Radio Cirencester
Hosted by Rona Laycock, local writers read and discuss their work.
11 Nov / London Review Bookshop, London
Reading at the launch of comedy-themed issue 66 of Magma magazine.
12 Nov / Poetry Society Poem-A-Thon, Walthamstow, London
One of 50 sponsored poets, each performing for 8 minutes in an 8-hour event – a fundraiser for Médecins Sans Frontières.
20 Nov / Greenwich Theatre, London
Actors from the Live Canon ensemble perform the 25 works shortlisted for the Live Canon 2016 International Poetry Prize, including my poem ‘Rebel / Cause’.
3 Dec / Woolly Hat Fair, Winchester
In a pop-up pear orchard created by fashion and textiles students from Winchester School of Art, Live Canon perform sonnets, haikus, fables and rhyming couplets commissioned on the theme of a festive riddle: how did the partridge come to be in the pear tree? Opens with my poem, ‘The One’.
6 Dec / Out of Place, Cafe Z Bar, London
Announcement and readings of the chosen poems for Out of Place 2017, a six-month project exploring ways to use poetry and words as inspiration for musical composition. Includes my poem, ‘The Day the Songs Escaped’.
12 Dec / Poetry & Spoken Word Night, Trowbridge Arts
Hosted by poet-in-residence Josephine Corcoran, members of the Town Hall Poets group perform work.