We've a pretty stunning programme for 2016-2017 -- all events on fourth Tuesdays at CB2 Café -- here are 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 - Malcolm Guite, Penny Boxall
January 2017 - Tuesday 24th - Helen Ivory, Martin Figura
February - Tuesday 28th - A K Blakemore, Ben Rogers
March - Tuesday 28th - Geraldine Clarkson, Paul Stephenson
April - Tuesday 25th - Kirsten Irving, Harry Man
May - Tuesday 23th - Sarah Howe, Jodie Hollander
June - Tuesday 27th - A mystery guest poet with Ira Lightman

24th January 2017 - Helen Ivory and Martin Figura

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard (May 2013). She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA/Writers Centre Norwich creative writing programme.

'These are tightly controlled poems, astute in their choice of images, combining a psychological realism within folk and fairy-tale settings.'  Michael Blackburn

Fool’s World, a collaborative Tarot with artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press) won the 2016 Saboteur Best Collaborative Work award. A book of collage/mixed media poems Hear What the Moon Told Me has just been published by KFS.

Martin Figura's collection and show Whistle was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. He won the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize. He’s published 2 pamphlets with Nasty Little Press: Arthur and Boring The Arse Off Young People.

'Profoundly honest and at the same time joyfully entertaining '  Independent on Sunday

Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) was published in Feb 2016 and the Spoken Word show previewed in 2016 ahead of touring from 2017. A collection of the same name with was published in February. The pamphlet Shed (Gatehouse Press) was published in June 2016. He lives in Norwich where he runs the literature event Café Writers.


Morning Star, thy glory bright
far excels the sun's clear light.
                                       Moravian Carol

The robbers have removed their filthy selves
back to the boneyard
and now he is unchaperoned with her at last;
cuffs pristine as any welcome dinner guest,
eyes brimful of hunger.
The first cut seeps blood like Windsor soup.
He was expecting more.
But deeper in he swallows down
the pepper-green of myrtle.
Sea foam cleaves to his knife.
The dead girl holds up a copper mirror
to this tableau, and with her left hand
pulls back the drapery of her flesh
till the blinding light of heaven
falls to his grubby little room.
The spheres and the creatures of the zodiac
hurtle about his ears.
And as the dead girl rises up
she draws his lips to hers.
Too briefly, he divines he is the sun.

Helen Ivory


for Mark Cocker

Their broken voices call against the hard ground 
of a day’s work.  They are the dark coming home
in dissonant scores until this field of stubble
is soft-black with them, the telephone wires
thick and bowed.  Ten thousand grey tongues
honour the dusk, the Lowestoft commuter train, 
the woods of Buckenham Carrs.

Thrown like muck from a wheel until the sky 
is blind with them, they are the exact opposite 
of stars.  And here they come, all bluster,
their ostentatious flight across the moon
to the hierarchy of branches, to the rough 
belonging of bark in their claws.

Martin Figura

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...