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 - Ira Lightman, Sophie Seita


25th April 2017 - Kirsten Irving and Harry Man

Kirsten Irving is a poet, editor, copywriter, and voice actor. Her poems have appeared widely in various online and print magazines. She has published three pamphlets – No, Robot, No! with Jon Stone (Forest Publications 2010), What To Do (Happenstance Press 2011), Riotous with Jon Stone (Sidekick Books 2013) – and a debut full-length collection Never Never Never Come Back (Salt 2012). She is also one of the founding editors of experimental poetry press Sidekick Books.

'Lean, needle-sharp, questing, intelligent and tuned to human vulnerability. She can strip sexual longing down to its exposed nerves.'  D.A. Prince, Sphinx



Harry Man is a poet from South London and living in Teesside. Lift, his first pamphlet, won the 2014 Bridges of Struga Award. Harry was a 2016 Clarissa Luard Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence and a 2016 Hawthornden Fellow. He is 2016 TOAST Poet.

His most recent pamphlet Finders Keepers is about endangered species across the British Isles, and is created in collaboration with the artist Sophie Gainsley.

'This book does the important work of paying attention, its poems and illustrations as strange and beautiful as the endangered species they bear witness to. Harry Man and Sophie Gainsley make it impossible to look away.'  Clare Pollard on Finders Keepers



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...