With the recent launch of Manifestations and a showcase slot in the amazing Magma, I’ve a string of live events taking place over the next two months. Here’s the schedule:

Magma #57 Launch, 18th November, Troubador, London

Magma #57 launches with more than 57 varieties of poetry — on-the edge, urban, erudite, imaginative, imagist, esoteric, allusive, even over-the-edge — with a special emphasis in this issue on The Shape of the Poem plus ‘showcase’, ‘presiding spirits’, reviews &c.Guest editors Hannah Lowe & Ian McEwen will introduce a cast of contributors and special guests including Patience Agbabi (Bloodshot Monochrome , Canongate 2008) who is currently reimagining Chaucer’s pilgrims on a Routemaster bus…. Be there! Starts at 8pm.

Lit and Phil Poetry Group, 26th November, Lit and Phil, Newcastle

A reading of 10 contemporary poets, currently writing in the North East, featuring: Kriss Anderson, Kathleen Bainbridge, John Challis , Clare Deal , Yvette Hawkins, Wendy Heath , Eileen Jones , Stevie Ronnie , Ben Schwartz  & David Spittle. The event begings at 6:30 with bacchanalian intent (within reason…i.e. WINE). It will be taking place in the Loftus Room of the Lit&Phil. 7pm start.

Eleven Sonnets and a Haiku, 28th November, Free Word Centre, London

To celebrate the launch of the Free Word Centre, Arvon is hosting a very special evening of poetry with readings from award-winning poets Jo Shapcott, Daljit Nagra and Mimi Khalvati, and all nine poets that they have mentored over the past four years on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme. Those joining their mentors include Maitreyabandhu, Liz Berry and Stevie Ronnie. Starts at 7pm.

First Thursday, Thursday 5th December, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Newcastle

Bill Herbert launches Murder Bear (Donut Press) and Stevie Ronnie launches Manifestations (Red Squirrel Press). This popular series is now in its 12th year, offering food for thought and designed to fit neatly into your lunch-hour. Events begin at 1pm and are free. Venue: Percy Building, Lecture Theatre G.13, Newcastle University.

Poetry Jam, Thursday 5th December, Waddington Street Centre, Durham

Writers’ Shack in association with Talking Pen and Waddington Street Centre proudly presents: