Saturday 23rd April 2022 . 10.15 am – 1.0 pm
A springtime adventure in writing poems
The morning’s theme will be opening ourselves up to the new, coming out of a shell and reaching forward and outward, as this season of growth and renewal would teach us.
The emphasis is on curiosity and fun. We’ll play word games. We’ll use a variety of prompts to get fresh ideas flowing. In the delightful environment of The Healing Sanctuary near Shere, Surrey, we’ll create a safe and enjoyable space in which to capture new thoughts on a page and see what magic and mischief they can get up to if given free rein.
This is a workshop both for those who have experience in writing poems as well as for those who wish to experience the joy of discovering the surprises that will emerge when their pen meets paper.
Please bring a pen and notebook. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
For more information and tickets, please click below.
Sunday 23rd January 2022 6.0 pm – Red Door Poets
Sunday 14th November 6.0 pm – Red Door Poets
Friday 5th November 7.0 pm – Poetry in Aldeburgh
Messing About and Crossing Out
What is the mind, if not a trickster? And what is the body if not a con-artist? And what is consciousness, if not the in-joke that swallows us whole?
With Jon Stone, Chrissy Williams, Katie Griffiths and James McDermott.
Sat 30th March 1.0 pm – London Literature Festival with Malika’s Poetry Kitchen in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Featuring Malika Booker, Jill Abram – who has been director of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen since 2010 – Nick Makoha, Yomi Ṣode, Kareem Parkins-Brown, Katie Griffiths and Kostya Tsolakis.
Thursday 7th October 7.30 pm- Live Canon’s National Poetry Day CAA, 20 Bedford Street, WC2E 9HP
With Jenny Mitchell, Miranda Houghton, Henry Saint and Katie Griffiths.
Monday 20th Sept – BBC CSL: WordPlay: Live Poetry at the Belgrade, Coventry
Nine Arches Press’ live poetry series and open mic returns to The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry with a very special line up of guest poets: acclaimed, bold and vital new voices in poetry, Romalyn Ante, Lewis Buxton and Katie Griffiths – all three previous selected poets on the Nine Arches Primers mentoring scheme.
Friday 5th March 1.O pm – lunchtime Reading Series with Live Canon
Am delighted to be reading with William Stephenson and Vanessa Lampert. Register for tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lc-lunchtime-reading-series-number-6-tickets-143291547877?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
The film of my poem ‘fork as Significant Other’ made the shortlist for the Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film competition. Many congratulations to film-maker Cris Fells. All shortlisted films were live-streamed on 29th November, 2020.
Malika’s Poetry Kitchen at WinchesterFest
Saturday July 25th, 2020
Jill Abram, Charlotte Ansell, Mehmet Izbudak, Maisie Lawrence, Arji Manuelpillai, Michelle Penn, Janett Plummer, Joolz Sparks and I in MPK’s first live online reading.
Check out all the details here:
Guest reader at Abegail Morley’s launch of The Unmapped Woman
Wednesday May 20th, 2020
It was a great honour to be part of Abegail Morley’s launch, which took place on Zoom. She read a mesmerising set of poems from The Unmapped Woman, her stunning new collection. The evening was further enhanced by a selection of work from Robert Peake.
The Golden Hinde
Five of us from the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective – including Jill Abram, Rishi Dastidar, Charlotte Ansell and Peter Raynard – were able to record poems that we would otherwise have read in person at The Golden Hinde in April. My poem is entitled ‘You are bible and not much thumbed’.
International Women’s Day
Sunday March 8th, 2020
I read alongside my fellow Live Canon pamphlet winners at the Boulevard Theatre, Soho, London, at 16.30. It was another outing for My Shrink is Pregnant, plus other poems, and a chance to hear exciting readings from Tania Hershman, Robin Houghton and Miranda Peake.
Poet in Residence at the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary
Until Covid-19 struck, I was at the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary in Surrey playing word games and giving writing prompts, all designed to assist in wellbeing.