About Us

CB1 Poetry has held regular readings in Cambridge since the 1990s, and in 2007 began a major new series of readings in the city centre. We feature well known and award winning guest poets as well as talented up and coming writers from Cambridge and further afield.

CB1 Poetry has always been about providing opportunities for poets to develop their talent before a discerning audience, so most of our events feature open mic floor spots. These afford less experienced poets the opportunity to give a 2-minute reading in front of a large audience.

Events also offer books for sale, as well as refreshments from the nearby bar before and after the readings, and during a typically 15 minute interval. The venue is open from 7:30pm, with readings commencing at 8pm and finishing by 10pm.

Recent readers have included up and coming writers and well-know poetry names such as Maurice Riordan, Clare Pollard, Emily Berry, Mark Waldron, Hugo Williams, George Szirtes, Christopher Reid, Roddy Lumsden, Annie Freud, Frances Leviston, Tim Wells, Patience Agbabi, Don Paterson, Helen Mort, Luke Kennard, Matthew Hollis, Allison McVety, Gwyneth Lewis, Tim Liardet, Hollie McNish and Owen Sheers.

We hope to see you soon to hear some amazing poetry.

To contact us, use the email link at the bottom of the page.

CB1 Poetry and Steering Group

CB1 Poetry aims to encourage excellence in poetry: in writing, performance and appreciation. We seek to attract and develop new audiences for poetry.

CB1 Poetry events are open to the whole community. We seek to provide a welcoming environment for all participants.

Through open mic evenings and guest poet readings, we provide a platform for local writers and the development of new talent before an appreciative and discerning audience. We also offer the opportunity to listen to and appreciate well established writers.

We are non profit making and are grateful to receive support for our guest readings from Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council.

CB1 Steering Group (Anne Berkeley, Andrea Porter, Ian Cartland, Trish Harewood, Jerry Carr-Brion, Claudine Toutoungi, Lindsay Fursland, Jane Monson)