On Tuesday 22nd October a fantastic line-up of poets will be reading at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford. The evening has been designed to appeal not only to poetry regulars but also to people who’ve never been to a poetry reading before – so if you’re even half-tempted by the opportunity to hear some of the best contemporary poets (while enjoying a drink or two), please come along.
There are some seriously talented poets in the Oxford area, and I wanted to organize a reading along the lines that the Troubadour in London (and several other venues around the country) do so well: staging it in a pub and moving through multiple readers at a reasonable pace (with plenty of time for drinks and conversation before and afterwards), so that the whole thing is not just a poetry reading but a great evening out.
I’m thrilled with the quality of the poets who’ve agreed to take part. We have an exciting mix of established big names and bright new talent. Fiona Sampson, Patrick McGuinness and Jenny Lewis will all be reading, as will rising stars Claire Trévien (currently nominated for the Guardian First Book Award), Ben Parker and James Methven.
Doors open at 6pm and the readings will start at 7pm. Given the quality of the poets and the level of interest that’s already been shown, I’d advise getting there early to be sure of getting in. Tickets are £5 (£4 concessions) on the door. The Jericho Tavern, 56 Walton Street, Oxford. Tuesday 22nd October.