Programme Preview

A pretty stunning programme is under development for 2016-2017 -- all events on fourth Tuesdays at CB2 Café -- here are some of the fantastic readers you can expect to hear:

September 2016 - Tuesday 27th - John Clegg, Rebecca Watts
October - Tuesday 25th - Kathryn Simmonds, Rachel Curzon
November - Tuesday 22nd
January 2017 - Tuesday 24th
February - Tuesday 28th - A K Blakemore, Ben Rogers
March - Tuesday 28th - Geraldine Clarkson, Paul Stephenson
April - Tuesday 25th
May - Tuesday 23th

27th September 2016 - John Clegg and Rebecca Watts

John Clegg was born in Chester, grew up in Cambridge, and works as a bookseller in London. In 2013, he won an Eric Gregory Award. His first collection, Antler, was published by Salt in 2013; in 2014 his pamphlet Captain Love and the Five Joaquins emerged from The Emma Press; he appeared in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI anthology in 2015; and this year Carcanet published Holy Toledo! to rave notice from organs incuding The Huffington Post.

'a major poet of the new generation'  The Huffington Post

Rebecca Watts grew up in Sudbury, Suffolk, and now lives in Cambridge, where she works part-time in a library and as a freelance editor. In 2014 she was one of the Poetry Trust’s Aldeburgh Eight, and in 2015 a selection of her work was included in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI anthology. Her first collection, The Met Office Advises Caution, is also published by Carcanet; it is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was described by Sarah Hall like this.

'a striding and far from standard debut'  Sarah Hall


Hard to imagine
sleek except where she’s
been drawn back
to the sleek bone.

Scuzzy, says the daughter
of the man who stopped
to see what we
were standing round.

It fits the mottle:
working camo
scuzzying her outline
must have been what killed her.

of the blown gut
shimmers, overblooming
on the tarmac.

Her expression
fluctuates, depending
on the angle
which you read it from.

The narrowest surprise
shades into (are you
sure?) this sudden, massive joy.

John Clegg


Look at the tree.
How it holds out its arms,
waiting for birds to alight.
How it stands on the bank
with or without
company, so sure of its place:
a prop
for the sagging sky,
a relief
from all this flat.
Below the tree
free-riding on the water
a shadow plays,
ripe for idolatry.
I believe the tree
and note it down as the answer
to its own question.

Rebecca Watts

Event Information and Venue

We continue at our new home of CB2 for Autumn 2016-Summer 2017. Events will be on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8pm. Doors open from 7.30pm; ask for the sign-up sheet to secure one of our strictly-2-minute open mic slots. (N.B. it's first-come-first-served, though slots may well still be available at 8pm). All events are £5 / £4 concessions, payment by cash on entry. The venue is the lovely CB2 Bistro Café on Norfolk Street, which has a great bar/café where you can get all manner of drinks, cakes and savoury delights with a discount on meals for CB1 Poetrygoers. 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...