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

28th February 2017 - A.K. Blakemore and Ben Rogers

A.K. Blakemore lives and works in London. Her debut full-length collection, Humbert Summer, was released in 2015. Her work has been published widely, in magazines and journals including The Poetry Review, Poetry London, Ambit and Magma. She is currently working on her second collection. 

'A.K.’s poems disprove a truism – they don’t care about you, which is why you keep reading them'  Sam Riviere

Ben Rogers's pamphlet Mackerel Salad was published with The Emma Press in 2016; his poetry also appears in the Carcanet anthology New Poetries VI (2015).  He was poet-in-residence for the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival 2016. He has also written a puppet show for stage and a comedy sketch show for BBC London radio.

'Like another poet of the passing moment, Elizabeth Bishop, Rogers is always precise, ensuring that his readers see exactly what needs to be seen.'  Tamar Yoseloff


excuse me, i am

a criminal wind sweeps you up,
the end of habit, a part
of love i had.

when i say
come through,
come through.
be there as you were.

i think of you in the darkness
that is routine, and not poetic,
coupling and uncoupling
like magnetic stars.

to think i thought
you had no heart.

but god i really love the world. the things you do.
the way wind keeps on blowing
without a me to bother.

A.K. Blakemore


At the end of the first month of the year, which
for some people is the point when they are weakest, 
you are supposed to tie three-legged crosses
twisted from green rushes so as to protect your
cowshed or cottage from all types of evil. Is this
why we are now surrounded by flower beds full
of black tulips opening their mouths to speak, 
and overlooked by a series of chimneys that appear
to be coloured the blood of wild creatures?
And is this why the children that are here are huddled
under chairs, trying to use their hands to hide their heads,
even when it’s their hands that give them away?

Ben Rogers

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...