Tavistock Poetry Readings – 17 October 2017


A strong theme among Tavistock Institute practitioners is that they don’t just explore the world through their social science identities, but they also realise the value offered by the creative arts in making sense and communicating complex societal challenges. Over the last six years poets, artists, storytellers and filmmakers have visited the P3C (Practitioner Certificate in Consulting and Change) programme bringing this different perspective to questions of organisational development.

This poetry session will be given by two Tavistock social scientists who both fulfil this intra-disciplinarity and have also become successful poets. At the end of the first day of the festival they will select and read poems that have been influenced by their Tavi identities, their organisational, research and evaluation practice.



Joe Cullen: aka ‘Bard of Dalston’, has been published in a number of poetry magazines and journals including ‘South Poetry, ‘South Bank Poetry’, ‘Other Poetry’, ‘Long Poem Magazine’, ‘Decanto’, ‘The North’, ‘Stand’ and ‘The Delinquent’ as well as ‘Footballpoets.org’. Poetry awards and commendations include: ‘Poetry Pulse’, 2012; ‘Rhyme & Reason’, 2012; ‘Sportswriters Awards’, 2012. He has given poetry readings at Torriano, London, RADA, London, Salisbury Arts Centre, Barbican Arts Centre, Poetry Café, London and the Crystal Palace festival. He was nominated by ‘South Poetry’ for the Forward Prize 2010/11 in the ‘best single poem’ category and received a 2012 ‘Poetry Kit’ Award for best poem of 2012. Themes in his work include politics, place, identity, popular culture and biblical stories.

See and hear work at: www.bardofdalston.co.uk. Joe is also a Professional Partner of the Tavistock Institute.


Karen Izod: Poet and writer on wild places, thin places, city spaces, people, politics, memories that weave through places and generations. You can see or hear some of her poetry at: Karnacology; New Welsh Review; Poetry Shed; Agenda Poetry.

Additionally Karen’s poetry has been published in Agenda, Journal of Attachment, and a number of anthologies including Paper Swan’s Best of British, Curlew Calling, the Stanley Spencer Competition anthology, and Dempsey and Windle.

Karen is also a Consultant to Organisational Change and Professional Development, and Professional Partner at the Tavistock Institute.

Register on their site: http://festival.tavinstitute.org/event/tavistock-poetry-reading/

Swiss Church
79 Endell St




Two winners will receive a royalty publishing contract from award-winning Indigo Dreams Publishing and 20 copies of their poetry pamphlet.

Submission: Full poetry pamphlet sent as one document up to 30 pages 36 lines max including line breaks.

Entry Fee: £15 per submission

Closing Date: 31st October 2017

Publication: Summer 2018

Postal entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or pay via PayPal. Email via PayPal only.

See full submission rules at


Postal submissions to

Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU


Poetry, at the Fall of the Leaf: Annie Freud, Sue Hubbard and Clare Pollard

Poetry, at the Fall of the Leaf

Join us in welcoming the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness with an evening of readings from some of Britain’s most outstanding contemporary poets? Fetch a drink, take a seat in the elegant Lady Violet Room, and be beguiled by the spoken word at its most evocative.


Annie Freud is a poet, teacher, editor and artist. Her first collection The Best Man That Ever Was received a Poetry Book Society recommendation and was awarded the Dimplex Prize for New Writing. The Mirabelles was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize. Her third collection was The Remains also awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Annie Freud has been named by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets 2014. Philip Gross is a poet, librettist and writer for children. He won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. Deep Field dealt with his Estonian refugee father’s final years and loss of language, an exploration broadened steadily through later collections, most recently A Bright Acoustic (2017).


Sue Hubbard is an award-winning poet, novelist, art critic, lecturer and broadcaster. Her poems have been read on Radio 3 and Radio 4, and she has contributed to many arts programmes including Kaleidoscope, Poetry Please, Night Waves and The Verb. Twice winner of the London Writers competition, she was commissioned by the Arts Council and the BFI to create London’s biggest art poem, in the underpass from Waterloo Station to the IMAX cinema. Her collections include Everything Begins with the Skin, Ghost Station, The Idea of Islands and The Forgetting and Remembering of Air.


Clare Pollard has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, the latest of which is Incarnation (2017). Clare’s play The Weather (Faber, 2004) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and her translation projects include a version of Ovid’s Heroines (2013), which she recently toured as a one-woman show. She currently edits poetry for The Idler, and is the new editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, co-founded by Ted Hughes.

There will be a cash bar at the event.


Date and Time

Wed 27 September 2017
19:00 – 21:30 BST


Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE


Two poems from Suzy Kopliku

a song of innocence

i spread outward
in startled spears of light
that dart through trees like
silver fish
the birth and death of constellations
glimmer in my hand

hours spring like gazelles
from my fingertips, leap
like hail, rebound ricochet, fragment
boundary lines, all lines.
i’m wrought in curves,
shrapnel, debris, unspooling time

icy streets thaw beneath my footfall
their battle scarred cross hatched skin
etched in broken masts of grass,
tallow stems,
my child’s limbs flailing,
cast an aching wide net
across a shrinking sea.




I have mined the coal dark night for stars, for stars to kindle your hearth,
draw you close to the warmth of my love, my love in the cast
off coat of winter.

I have sought diamonds in threadbare pockets,
I have plunged the old rooms of the earth, I have scoured the dirt
for latent seeds that could give birth to trees, unearth
the boats at the brink of our dreaming, the waters swelling between our ebbing.

A husk of light if just a husk, I’d cleave
to the breeze like a seed, sing its vespers over the seas,
wash upon your shore, draw the ink black tide like a curtain, weave
a womb skin when all thins to whittled white hairs,

when all grows cold and cords are severed
and bare leaves fall in silent consummation,
their brief flash gold more precious
than any shining stone casket stored
like sleeping bones in the earth’s deep core.


Suzy Kopliku lives in the Midlands. Her works have been featured in Sentinel Literary Quarterly and Rise up Review. She has recently published a poetry book entitled “We Ran Until the Grass Grew Ragged.” She is inspired by sunlight, nuance, liminal spaces and fresh coffee.


Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition closes 30th November


Prizes: First: £200.00, Second: £100.00, Third: £50.00,

           Highly Commended: £20 x 3, Commended: £10 x 3.

First Publication: The winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine
online and print (January – March 2018) issue on 31st January 2018)

Competition Details:

Poems may be on any subject or style and must not have been previously published, or posted on a website or blog. Poems posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poems must also not be under consideration for publication or accepted for publication elsewhere. Poets of all nationalities living anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.

Length: Maximum 50 lines per poem

Entry Fees: £4/1 poem, £7/2 poems, £9/3 poems, £11/4 poems, £12.00/5 poems. (You may enter as many poems as you wish – with the applicable fees.)

Judge:Picture1 Abegail Morley’s most recent collection, The Skin Diary is published by Nine Arches Press. Her debut, How to Pour Madness into a Teacup, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Her pamphlet, In the Curator’s Hands has just been published by Indigo Dreams Publishing. Abegail has been named as one of the five British poets to watch in 2017 by the Huffington Post, blogs at The Poetry Shed and is co-editor of Against the Grain Poetry Press.


Enter their site here


Contains Strong Language


The BBC has announced the full line up for Contains Strong Language, a brand new national poetry and spoken word festival, taking place in Hull, UK City of Culture, from National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September – Sunday 1 October.

Contains Strong Language celebrates the power of poetry in all its forms; fusing old and new, page and performance, digital, music, documentary and drama.

It is the UK’s biggest poetry festival devoted to new work and is committed to representing the diversity of poetry performance in the UK, featuring 17 new commissions spanning page poetry, spoken word and grime. There will be something for everyone (nearly 70 events) with an exuberant mix of premieres, gala readings, live radio broadcasts, TV and film screenings, music gigs and open mic nights, first edition readings, outreach activity and workshops, discussion sessions, and cultural tours, amongst other events taking place during the four days.

In addition to performances from previously announced Kate Tempest, Dr John Cooper Clarke, The Unthanks, and the BBC Philharmonic, some of the UK’s most-renowned actors, including Oscar-winning Jeremy Irons and northern actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, will perform Hull’s famous poems in a star-studded gala reading.

Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn will return to their Hull roots for an event “In Conversation with Simon Armitage”, discussing their songs and books, and their years in the city where they formed best-selling band Everything But The Girl.

Surrounding the festival is an extensive collection of TV and radio commissions, including new documentaries, dramas and live performances on BBC Two and BBC Four. All the network radio stations are broadcasting from the festival and hosting events, including BBC Radio 1Xtra who bring their Words First poets to Hull to celebrate the musical lyricism at the heart of the station’s identity.


Further details here



Coast to Coast to Coast – a journal of poetry

The pages of this wonderful little journal are hand-stitched; the covers beautifully sewn, and if you would dare to, you could slip it perfectly into your back pocket and carry it around with you all day. Just a little bit of magic in your pocket. This is my copy of the limited edition journal (No. 14).


Maria Isakova Bennett is the designer and creator, and along with co-editor Michael Brown, is already busy working hard on Issue 2.

Issue 1 of Coast to Coast to Coast was launched in Liverpool at Open Eye Gallery on August 17th. The poets in this issue are Katherine Towers, Will Daunt, Duncan Chambers, Mandy Macdonald, Isabel Bermudez, Jane wheeler, Julie Hogg, Andy Humphrey, John Foggin, Natalie Shaw, Abegail Morley and Katrina Naomi, some of whom read at the launch.

I am looking forward to finding out (in around three weeks) which poems/poets will have been chosen for Issue 2.


To find out more about this gorgeous poetry journal take a look at their Facebook page and here on Maria’s. I stole the photo below from the former… and am hoping they don’t mind.



In the Curator’s Hands – my new pamphlet

In the Curator’s Hands – my new pamphlet

It’s been a difficult summer for me one way or another, so I opened this box today, with a little trepidation… did I catch every typo… will I love it? Seems that’s it is looking pretty darn good! Judge for yourself…


In Abegail Morley’s latest work, she takes on the voices of books, paper, documents, photographs and characters to create and curate a dystopian archive.

Really grateful to Heidi Williamson and Robert Seatter for reading it and agreeing to endorse it. If you’d like a copy let IDP know.

I’ve learnt how to undo in perfect order: this exemplary collection is poetry as inventory, played out in rich calibrations of textured and inventive language. Abegail Morley’s poems exist in an exciting tension of stasis and fluidity, as the curator’s paper, objects, artefacts, the body itself seek to unhusk

their inner life and liberate their own

true inky voices.

Robert Seatter


‘These are claustrophobic poems about degradation: of matter, the body, relationships, knowledge, and the certainty of words. In the underworld of the archive, Morley aims to ‘complicate the darkness.’  Her poems work as preservation techniques to ‘recall the names of those I’ve hoarded.’ Morley knows how to grip her readers’ attention and destabilise certainties in intriguing ways. In the Curator’s Hands is disturbing, intelligent and absorbing.’

Heidi Williamson