Scroll down for full details of each event at both venues.

Events at the Camden venue, 1 Buck Street, Camden, NW1 8NJ, are the first Friday of each month (except August when we do not run any events).

Events at the Lumen venue, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RT, are the third Tuesday of the month (except August when we do not run any events)

Check this page to confirm details and to see which publishers and poets are appearing. Every event includes open mic with a chance to read and submit a poem  to be considered for the next anthology.


KING’S COLLEGE POETRY FESTIVAL (Featuring Ruth O’Callaghan and her Constellation of Poets) offers unlimited opportunities for poetry (workshops / readings / open mic) and it is FREE – please see programme below.


Saturday 16 June 2018


A celebration of poetry, life and life writing

in the Great Hall, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Hosted by the Centre for Life-Writing Research, KCL

Kings Poetry

10.45 am -11 Welcome and introduction (Clare Brant for CLWR)

11-12.00 Poetry we love ~ favourite poems 100 years old: open mike, compered by Ruth Richardson. Bring a poem or extract from a longer poem you love to read! (40 lines max please)

12.00-12.45 pm Poets ~ a constellation of poets, curated by Ruth O’Callaghan

12.45-1 Browse – book sales and breather

1-1.40 Open mike – all welcome! Bring a poem (40 lines max please)

1.40-2 Puffs – editors, publishers, magazines, poetry resources: short talks

2-3 Workshop – theme ‘I come from…’ run by poet Katherine Lockton. Reading of poems to be filmed (optional, not compulsory!) for a feature to be submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing

3-4 Poetry for all – ‘I dreamed a future happiness’ Stepney Words (1971) authored by Chris Searle & friends, discussion chaired by Ruth Richardson

4-5 Bot or not – a session of computer poetry, co-created with the audience, presented by Rebecca Roach from Ego Media,

5-5.15 break

5.15-6.45 Poets – reading by Fleur Adcock, Connie Bensley, Maureen Duffy, Elaine Feinstein, Katherine Lockton, Paul McLoughlin, Ruth O’Callaghan


Free and all welcome!
You may be subject to a security check at the entrance.
Sorry we can’t provide refreshments so please bring your own – or there are lots of cafés nearby.



The next event at Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RT is:-

Tuesday 19th June 2018 (doors open 6.30 for 7p.m.)

Dear Poets,

As you know we are the main poets at that fantastic venue Beyond Words in September and tonight I will be collecting names for possible readers. Do come and let us hear one of your poems.

Best wishes, Ruth O’Callaghan

Patron: Andrew Motion.
Ruth O’Callaghan presents:
Highgate Poets
Sal Consoli
Chris Gray
Christina Juan
Valentina Kotsuba
Anna Meryt
Jenny Mitchell
Michael Pierce
Milverton Wallace
Jonathan Young
Poets from the floor very welcome.
Please leave the poem you read to be considered for the next anthology.
LUMEN 88 Tavistock Place W.C.1
Tuesday 15th May 2018 (doors open 6.30 for 7p.m.)


The next event at 1 Buck Street, Camden, NW1 8NJ is:-
Friday 1st June 2018 at 7.00p.m. (doors open 6.30)
Please note this is the last time to be considered for the Kings Poetry Festival

Patron: Andrew Motion

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents
Fourth Friday Poets
Oliver Schick
John White
Tim Waller

Poets from the Floor Very Welcome
Please bring a copy of the poem if you wish to be considered for the new anthology.
Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck St, Camden Town
(1-2 mins. Camden Town tube.)
Entrance £5/£4 Wine
All money raised goes towards cold weather shelters for the homeless.