For the present, I’ll be reading at on-line events only. Once the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, I’ll be happy to read my poems in person at group meetings or events. (I live in Hertfordshire, so London, the South East and Eastern Regions are best for me, but I’m willing to consider travelling further.) Please get in touch via the “Contact Me” page.
I have an open-mic slot at 1,000 Monkeys on 3 August.
Write Out Loud Woking (27 May, 2021)
I was honoured to have been invited by Write Out Loud Woking to be their featured poet in May. It was a very enjoyable evening. We were joined by a friend from New York State, whom I haven’t seen in years.
Ver Poets Members’ Evening (14 May, 2021)
Pat Francis, Juliet Troy and I read alongside Ver Poets’ President, John Mole. It was a great evening with some fine poems read during the open-mic slots.
Write Out Loud Woking (29 April, 2021)
Greatly enjoyed taking part in WOL Woking’s open-mic event on Zoom. You can see a You Tube video of me reading my two poems, “On the Doorstep” and “The Snapper”, here.
Ver Poets Members’ Evening (20 November, 2020)
This is an annual event, at which members who have published poems during the past year have an opportunity to read from their work. I was pleased to join four other members and read poems from my two pamphlets. There was also an enjoyable open-mic session. You can joint Ver Poets at: https://verpoets.co.uk/membership/. Although based in St Albans, they have a national and international membership and all meetings are currently held via Zoom.
Launch by Dempsey & Windle (4 November, 2020)
This was a very interesting and enjoyable Zoom reading to launch Ranald Barnicot’s lively versions of the shorter poems of Catullus, Friendship, Love, Abuse, etc. I had an opportunity to continue the classical theme by reading the title poem of my pamphlet, The War with Hannibal.
Write Out Loud Woking (23 September, 2020)
I was pleased to have been invited by Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood to take an open mic slot at one of their monthly Zoom meetings. It was a great evening; the featured poet was Michael Cutchey. Greg has posted video clips of the individual readers on WOL Woking’s YouTube channel. You can see me reading the title poems of my two pamphlets at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMiBiYzH8Qg&t=88s.
Dempsey & Windle Showcase (26 August, 2020)
This was a Zoom event, held as a belated launch of publications by David Cooke, Robbie Frazer and me. We were due to have read at the Poetry Café in London earlier in the year, but Covid-19 put a stop to that. As well as two spots (15 and 5 minutes each) for the three main readers, there were excellent poems from a number of guests. I made this video reading of four of the poems shortly after the event, which wasn’t recorded: https://youtu.be/jFde9HY_OE4.
Launches by Dempsey & Windle (22 & 29 July, 2020)
I was delighted to attend the on-line launches of Last of the Cake by Alison Mace and How to Punctuate a Silence by Claudia Court on 22 and 29 July respectively. As well as having the pleasure of listening to these two excellent poets read from their work and of hearing some fine poems by other members of the audience, I was also able to read a few poems from my own pamphlet, The 3-D Clock. Copies of all three publications are available from https://www.dempseyandwindle.com.
Tring U3A, Nora Grace Hall, Tring (19 February, 2020)
On 19 February, I read poems from The War with Hannibal and The 3-D Clock to the poetry group of Tring University of the Third Age. They were most welcoming and I very much enjoyed answering their questions and chatting to them over coffee. My thanks to the group’s leader, Thelma Fisher.
The King’s Arms, Berkhamsted (18 December, 2019)
On 18 December, I launched my Poetry Salzburg pamphlet, The War with Hannibal, with a reading at the King’s Arms in Berkhamsted.