Poetry and Performance

POETRY AT THE ROOM – 3pm – 8 pm

SPECIAL EVENT! Saturday 22 June.

Poetry Garden Party and Book Fair for The High Window, Grey Suit Editions and 77 Books

It will also be a Memorial Event for Fawzi Karim, published by Grey Suit Editions, who was scheduled to be reading with us, but sadly he died in May this year. Anthony will read a tribute, and all friend of Fawzi are welcome to contribute as well.

The Garden Party will run from 3 pm-8pm or later – at The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale N17 9AS – 

Free entry – lots of refreshments – open mike – books and pamphlets on sale

Readings by poets with books from both publishers.

Featuring readings by David Cooke, Ken Champion, Daniel Bennett and Wendy Klein

David Cooke won a Gregory Award in 1977. Since then his work has appeared in many journals in the UK, Ireland and beyond: Agenda, Ambit, The Cortland Review, The Interpreter’s House, The Irish Times, The London Magazine, Magma, The Manhattan Review, The Morning Star, The North, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and Stand. Reel to Reelhis sixth collection, was published in 2017 by Dempsey & Windle.  He is the founding editor of The High Window.

Ken Champion is a poet, writer, novelist and reviewer whose work has appeared in literary journals in the US and extensively in magazines and anthologies in the UK. He has published two poetry pamphlets, three full collections, a volume of short stories, two novellas and four novels. His work has appeared in literary journals in the US and extensively in magazines and anthologies in the UK. He  has worked as a signwriter, commercial artist and, until recently, lectured in sociology for 20 years.

Daniel Bennett was born in Shropshire, and lives and works in London. His poetry chapbook, Arboreal Days was published in 2018 by Red Ceilings Press. He’s also the author of a novel, All the Dogs.

Wendy Klein is a retired psychotherapist. She was born in New York and brought up in California. Since leaving the U.S. in 1964, she has lived in Sweden, France, Germany and England. Her writing has been influenced by early family upheaval resulting from her mother’s death, her nomadic years as a young single mother and subsequent travel. Despite dashing about between four daughters and fourteen grandchildren, she has published three collections: Cuba in the Blood (2009), Anything in Turquoise (2013) from Cinnamon Press, and Mood Indigo (2016) from Oversteps Books. She is working on a New and Selected for The High Window Press and has other pamphlet projects.


Peter Stickland, Anthony Howell, Kerry-Lee Powell and more to be announced.

Enquiries – 0208 801 8577



Poetry at The Room

Tuesday 9th July at 7.30 pm

Stuart Henson, Hilary Davies, Katherine Towers, John Greening

33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9AS


No entry fee. All welcome. Lots of books by the poets will be on sale.

Enquiries 0208 801 8577

STUART HENSON received an Eric Gregory Award in 1979.   Since then he has published six collections—two with Peterloo Poets and the rest with Shoestring Press.  They are all represented in his latest book The Way You Know It, New & Selected Poems from which he’ll be reading.   His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including Oxford Poets 2002Staying Alive (Bloodaxe) and The Poetry Pharmacy (Penguin/Particular).  He has also published stage adaptations of Ian Serraillier’s The Silver Sword and John Steinbeck’s The Pearl  (Heinemann Educational) and a picture book, Who Can Tell? illustrated by Wayne Anderson (Hutchinson Children’s Books).

Hilary Davies has published four collections of poetry from Enitharmon: the latest, Exile and the Kingdom, was published in November 2016. She is also a translator, essayist and critic. Hilary has won an Eric Gregory award, been a Hawthornden Fellow and served as Chairman of the Poetry Society of Great Britain. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the British Library. She reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, PN Review and The Tablet.

Katharine Towers was born in London and now lives in Derbyshire with her family. She has published two poetry collections, both with Picador. The Floating Man (2010) won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and was shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.  A poem from the collection ‘The Way We Go’ appeared as a Poem on the Underground and was also set to music by the composer Laura Stevens. Her second collection The Remedies (2016) was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Katharine’s poems have been broadcast on Radio 3 and Radio 4 and have appeared in several anthologies, as well as in The Guardian, Poetry Review and Poetry London. From 2016 – 2018 Katharine was Poet in Residence at the Cloud Appreciation Society.

John Greening’s awards include the Bridport Prize and a Cholmondeley. He has been a TLS reviewer since the 90s and has judged many competitions and awards, including the Eric Gregory. His many books include the 2013 Carcanet collection To the War Poets and several studies of poetry and poets (Ted Hughes, Edward Thomas, Thomas Hardy, Elizabethan Love Poets). His edition of Edmund Blunden’s war memoir Undertones of War was published by Oxford in 2015, along with a classical music anthology, Accompanied Voices. Recent publications are Heath (a collaboration with Penelope Shuttle), his Egypt memoir Threading a Dream, and a new edition of Geoffrey Grigson’s poetry. A fine press limited edition sequence of sonnets, Achill Island Tagebuch, appeared from Red Fox Press in February 2019. His next full collection, The Silence, features a 700-line poem about Sibelius and will have just come out from Carcanet in time for this reading.