24th May 2016 - Anglia Ruskin Poets Special Event

Join us upstairs at CB2 Café on Tuesday 24th May for a special event hosted by Caron Freeborn, showcasing six exciting, dangerous and thrilling ARU poets. Open mic slots, doors 7.30pm, readings 8pm.

'ARU poets are some of the most exciting I've had the privilege of working with, and I am thrilled to be introducing some of them to CB1 Poetry at CB2.  Poetry, I am relieved and proud to say, is in very safe - and dangerous - hands'   Caron Freeborn, ARU tutor in poetry and author of Georges Perec is my Hero

Conor Empringham-Green works on war, Wealth and the Worries of the World.

Philip Webb is a surrealist writer inspired by the simplicity of nature and the strangeness of people.

Deborah Padfield: patterns and rhythms get her going – the patterns of relationship within and between people, and the rhythm of language that tries to evoke - never explain – them.

Keeley Middleton is a confessional poet who writes short prose poems and wants to believe in the integrity of the first draft.

Sarah Haider didn’t know she was a poet until she was.

Uppahar (Ups) Subba is a performance poet with a growing reputation.


You are existing, softly
and I’m existing like
a stutter.
then and then not
and over, then over.


don’t fall in love with artists:
everything they make
including their smiles,
their sentences
their stares are art,
vacuous empty, gorgeous art.

Keeley Middleton


Near here a baby lies alone 
in an empty bed 
rhythmically hitting her head 
against the wall. 
No one has hit her. She lives 
untouched. No eyes 
have met her eyes. Cold, she kindles 
no prayers. 
Nature, goddess, has no ears. 

Deborah Padfield

2015-2016 Venue

We have a new home for Autumn 2015-Spring 2016. Events will on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8pm, upstairs at the lovely CB2 Bistro Café on Norfolk Street, where there is plenty of room for us to swing a poet or two, and a great bar/café downstairs where you can get all manner of drinks, cakes and savoury delights. Here is our venue information page. Now, we realise there is a slight possibility of confusion, so to be clear... we are still called CB1 Poetry, but we are at CB2 Café, not at our origin/namesake of CB1 Café on Mill Road. Good to get that off our chest...