Readings, Workshops and other Events

Writing More Poems & Making the Most of Them – a Five Week Short Course on Zoom, run by Welshpool Poetry Festival, led by Jonathan Davidson:

19:00 – 21:00 GMT/BST, Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March and Monday 4th April 2022

£100 (bursary places available for those of limited financial means)

Those involved in the art and craft of poetry can often benefit from broadening the range of poetry they read, hear and write themselves. This short course will use a wide range of poems as inspiration for new work, thinking particularly about how speaking and listening to poetry can complement the reading and writing of poetry.

Aimed at both established and emerging poets, it will be run through a series of two hour Zoom meetings, with some tasks to be undertaken between sessions. As well as sharing work produced, the course will also look at ways of helping our poetry get read and heard in the wider world.

If previous courses are anything to go by, it will be relaxed, friendly and ‘lightly inspiring’! Participants will receive a template for planning their development as poets and a range of other useful information. There may be a free ‘end of course raffle’.

To book please contact Pat Edwards, Welshpool Poetry Festival,

Advance notice: I’ll be running two 90 minute poetry writing workshops for The Poetry Business in January and March 2022 and a short course for The Poetry Business in Spring and Summer 2022. Details will be posted shortly.

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Past Events and Recordings

Launch of A Commonplace, 2 August 2020

Jonathan was joined for the launch of A Commonplace: Apples, Bricks and other People’s Poems‘ by the poets Sue Brown, Gregory Leadbetter and Jo Bell and by his editor, Peter Sansom. In what turned out to be a not unpleasant 90 minutes, Jonathan and his guests talked widely about poetry and read a few poems. The event also featured audio recordings of two of Jonathan’s poems read by Zoë Chapman and by Mollie Davidson. Jo Bell compared with wit and ruthless timekeeping, the WiFi became upon occasion unstable but Jonathan didn’t, and as far as we know everyone got home safely.

Ó Bhéal Poetry Reading Series Cork, Ireland, July 13, 2020

A virtual event featuring Daragh Breen and Jonathan Davidson

The event will be hosted on Zoom and is limited to 100 people. The session will also live-stream on Ó Bhéal’s facebook page. The link to join the session will be posted on their facebook and twitter pages, no later than 8.15pm on the Monday evening. The session is expected to run for approximately 3 hours.

Nine Arches Press Lunchtime In Conversation, July 6, 2020

Jonathan Davidson talks with Jane Commane about A Commonplace on the Nine Arches YouTube channel.

The Swindon Spring Festival of the Arts and Literature, May 10, 2020

What is your stepping off point into poetry? Do you want to experience poems as truly lived art-forms? Would you like to explore a little more?

Having spent a lifetime seeking ways to release poetry into the wild, by making poetry-theatre performances for the stage and radio, by publishing poetry books and pamphlets, by working with poets in India, Ukraine, the Baltic States, and Central America, and by curating festivals, Jonathan Davidson has had a go.

Now, in his latest book, A Commonplace: Bricks, Apples & Other People’s Poems, he takes this quest a step further. 

Sheaf Mini Digital Poetry Festival Sheffield, May 17, 2020

You might remember that we were planning a poetry festival this weekend…and we’re still going to bring you some amazing poems by some wonderful poets!

On Sunday 17 May, we launched our Sheaf Mini Digital Poetry Festival, sharing a poem every half an hour. 

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