Nov 23rd All My Teachers Bloomsbury Gallery, WC1


Nov 5th My Father’s House, Free Word Centre

Oct 13th Bloomsbury Festival

Oct 11th Out of Many with Colin Grant and Sarah Collins, Ilkley Literature Festival, Leeds Playhouse

Oct 9th Kadija Sesay and Friends, Barbican Library

Sept 25th Chelping 10, The Leeds Library

Sept 22nd South London Poetry Festival

Sept 21st Outspoken Masterclass, Southbank Centre

July 18th Vanguard Reading Series

July – 5th – 8th Hausach Literary Festival, Germany

June 22nd, Windrush Day, Alexandra Palace

June 15th, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

May 22nd Kahoon Performances, Dalston

May 17th Reading with Katrina Naomi for the launch of Typhoon Etiquette, Poetry Cafe

March 22nd Foundling Museum, Fragments of Home

March 21st Tongue Fu, Rich Mix

Feb 27th Jan National Poetry Library Lates 7pm, Hayward Gallery

6th Feb, Poetry Cafe, with National Poetry Competition Poets

31st Launch of The Neighbourhood, Keats House, with Fran Lock and Anthony Anaxagorou, 7pm

23rd Jan Dash Arts, Songs of the Migrant Worker, 7pm, Rich Mix

22nd Jan Poetry at the Print Room with Richard Scott

Dec 4th Where do we fit in? Black and Asian British History on the Curriculum, Senate House, London, 6pm

November 21st Poets on Their Craft: The Difficult Second Collection, Senate House, 5pm 

October 14th, Windrush Women with Valerie Bloom at Ikley Literature Festival, 3.15 St Margaret’s Hall

October 5th, James Berry “Only One of Me”: Remembering James Berry, British Library

October 4th, National Poetry Day 5 – 6.30, Queen Elizabeth Foyer, Southbank Centre

21st September, Soho Poetry Nights

11th September, Caribbean Connections, Windrush 70, The Library at Willesden Green


30th July, “Emily Speaks” with Melanie Abrams and Bidisha, Bronte Parsonage

25th June, Windrush Women, British Library

17th June, Windrush Day, Keats House

19th April The All Saints Sessions, All Saints Church, Edmonton

10th April London Book Fair, 4pm

17th February, Verve Poetry Festival

14th February, Valentine’s Night at Keats House with Richard Scott and Liz Berry

25th January Keats House Residency Launch with Michael Rosen, 7.30 Keats House, Hampstead, London

November  17th Magma Poetry Launch (The Deaf Issue), London Review of Books Shop

November 5th, Celebrating Mimi Khalvati, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, 3pm, Aldeburgh

been and gone

October 15th Wasifiri New Writing Prize Reading, Queen Mary University

October 5th – 8th Druskininkai International Poetry Festival, Lithuania

July 28th – 30th, Womad Festival

July 27th Launch of Swimmers

July 22nd, Poem-a-thon, Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden

14th July Come Rhyme With Me, Brighton

16th – 18th June, Kendal Poetry Festival

3rd June, Stoke Newington Literary Festival

27th May, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival

18th May, Writing Our Legacy, Crawley

27th April, Becoming Black, Free Word Centre

25th March, Lancaster Lit Fest

18th March, Institute of English Studies, London (details tbc)

25th Feb, Poets and Players, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

16th – 20th Feb, Cork International Poetry Festival

11th Feb, Speaky Spokey, Marlbourough Theatre, Brighton

28th February, Camarade, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

27th January, An Evening of Chinese Identity Poetry, Goodenough College, WC1

8th December, Tongue Fu, Rich Mix

November 22nd Stand Up and Spit, Norwich

November 11th Nottingham Literature Festival

November 9th, Kingston Writing School, Kingston University 7pm

November 5th, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

October 9th, Ikley Literature Festival

October 6th, Chill Pill, The Albany, Deptford

 July 6th, Launch of Chan, The Yorkshire Grey, Kings Cross 7pm

July 1st and 2nd, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ledbury

June 17th “City on Fire” with others, Dugdale Centre, Enfield

June 7th, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool 

June 6th, Troubadour, Earl’s Court, London

May 21st, Caribbean Literature Day, British Library

May 17th, London Metropolitan Archives

May 7th, Newcastle Poetry Festival

May 3rd, Liverpool Museum

April 28th – May 1st Bocas Literary Festival, Trinidad

April 15th, City on Fire, Dugdale Theatre, Enfield, 7pm

March 29th, Essex Book Festival, 7pm, Shenfield Library

March 24th, “From Yallahs Bay, Jamaica to Ilford, Essex – memory, migration and place in Long Time, No See”, University of East London 5pm

March 21st, Princeton University, New Jersey, 4.30pm


October 19th with Colin Grant and Pauline Black “I’m Black So You Don’t Have To Be” , Kings Place, London

September 26th, Poetry Book Fair, Square Pig and Pen, London 7pm

September 19th Speaky Spokey, Exeter Street Hall, Brighton

July 28th 2015  John Hewitt Summer School, Belfast

June 25th, Mickey Smith Tribute, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton

June 17th 2015 Ouse Muse, Bedford

May 31st  2015 Keats House Festival, Keats House, London 2 – 4 

May 29th, Born Free at Lime Wharf, Hackey

May 9th, Enfield Poets Reading, 7pm, Dugdale Theatre, Enfield

May 13th, The Poetry Inquisition, Small White Elelphant, Peckham Rye, 7pm

April 28th “Out-Spoken”, The Forge, Camden 7pm

April 24th  2015 Wenlock 2015 Poetry Festival, Shropshire, main reading with Kei Miller and Luke Kennard

April 18th Panel Discussion on the Windrush Legacy, part of the Southbank, Changing Britain Festival, 5pm Southbank Centre

April 2nd, “Fakery” reading and discussion at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, 7pm

March 15th New Generation  2014 Poets Southbank, 6.30pm

March 13th 2015 New Next Generation Conference with Ian Duhug and Patience Agababi 6 – 7pm, Institute of English Studies, London

March 2nd NCLA 2015 Next Generation reading with Alan Gillis, and guests Jake Campbell and Bill Herbert, Newcastle University

November 29th 2014 , Black Cultural Archives. Reading and Discussion with Mike Phillips 3pm, BCA, Windrush Square, Brixton

November 22nd 2014, Second Light Reading with Alison Brackenbury, Jane Duran and others, 7pm Art Workers’ Guide, Queen’s Square, W1

November 19th, lunchtime reading with Peter Robinson, Oxford Brookes University

November 8th, Reading Poetry Festival, with Jenny Wong, 10.30 am

November 4th, Launch of Ormonde, Brixton East, 6.30 – 8.30

October 17th – 20th, Teesside International Poetry Biennale

August 14th Poems at the Apple Tree, with my “Generating Poems” students plus Richard Price and Anna Selby, 7pm onwards

July 24th, Lower Marsh Market, Waterloo, 5.30pm onwards

June 6th, Stoke Newington Festival

May 10th, Poetry in the Crypt, with Rebecca Goss and Alan Murray, 7pm, Islington, London

April 23rd,  Poetry In The House, Lauderdale House, Highgate, London

April 13th,  Cuirt Literary Festival, Galway

April 6th, with Anna Selby, Torriano Meeting House, London

March 14th Personal Archaeology: Panel Discussion:, Old Street, London

March 6th, Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews, 11.30am, The Town Hall, Queen’s Gardens

Feb 28th, Speakey Spokey, St Clements Hospital, Mile End

Feb 7th, Launch of “Keep the Faith” by Tim Wells, 7.30pm The Betsey Trotwood

3rd November, Phoenix Arts Club with Richard Price and other Carcanet Poets

21st October, The Troubadour, London with others

19th October, Lancaster Literary Festival, Lancaster

10th October, Brighton Jubilee Library, with Colin Grant

5th October, Essex Poetry Festival

30th September, Forward Prize Reading, Rough Trade, Brick Lane

27th September, James Berry Benefit, The Tabernacle, Notting Hill

September 5th, Poetry School Launch, Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall

August 15th, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, with Isobel Dixon, Andrew Phillip, Rob MacKenzie and Richard Price

August 14th, The Africa Centre, Covent Garden

July 29th, Talking Rhythm, The Amersham Arms, New Cross with Richard Scott

July 25th, The Bear, Camberwell New Road with Daljit Nagra, Liz Berry and others

July 13th Sydenham Arts Festival

June 23rd, Trashed Organ, Live Theatre, Newcastle

June 14th – 16th Bridlington Poetry Festival

June 8th Poem and a Pint, Coach House, Ulverston, Cumbria

May 21st Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere

May 13th – Norfolk/Norwich Festival

May 8th, Poetry Trust Reading with Holly Hopkins, Katrina Naomi and Helen Mort, Bush Theatre, London

May 2nd Speaky Spokey, Brighton

 4th-28th April, Bocas Literary Festival, Trinidad and Tobago, reader and panelist for the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference Read my blog post on our panel A National Literature here