Poetry Happening Near You



Birmingham is the biggest library authority in the region, with 39 libraries - full details at:


Regular poetry events

Poets' place

Starting Saturday 11 January 2014
Fortnightly on Saturdays 3 - 5pm, Cafe Mezannine, Library of Birmingham
Free, drop in sessions.

Organised by the Library of Birmingham and Apples & Snakes, Poets' Place is an informal gathering of poets that meets twice a month. The Poets’ Place is an opportunity for local poets to meet like‐minded people, where poets can give and solicit feedback on poetry, or just sit back and write for a couple of hours without interruption. Poets’ Place can be used to make new friends, discover new poets, find out about poetry events, share and have your work critiqued, make useful connections, set a writing schedule...

Whether you are a published poet, a slam champion, or someone who is just wondering whether poetry might be worth a try, stop by. There is no need to sign up or book a place: just show up with your poems or a blank notebook. There will be someone there to make you feel welcome and advise you on how to make the most of your time there. The Poets' Place can be whatever you as a poet decide to make of it.


Meet Joanna Skelt – Birmingham’s Poet Laureate

Wednesdays from 15 January 10am–3pm
Free, drop-in
Shakespeare Memorial Room

Meet Joanna as she works on her Birmingham Praise poem!



Poetry on Loan representative

Birmingham has two main Poetry on Loan representatives:
Sue Wilkinson, Birmingham Central Library sue.wilkinson@birmingham.gov.uk

Stephen Callow