Readings, Workshops, and Other Literary Events


Launch of A Commonplace, 20:00 – 21:30 BST, 2 August 2020

Join the launch of A Commonplace: Apples, Bricks and other People’s Poems‘. Jonathan will be joined by the poets Sue Brown, Gregory Leadbetter and Jo Bell to talk about this unorthodox collection.

Developing his practice of asking others to voice his poems (they are so much better at it than he is, everyone says so…), Sue, Jo and Greg will be reading some short pieces from A Commonplace and will talk about speaking and hearing poetry, about the necessity of context and about the importance of footnotes, a gazetteer and jokes in contemporary verse.

It won’t go on too long, and if you are watching on YouTube you can go off and make cup of tea if it tips over into a fourth hour… (“you said less than 90 minutes, Jonathan, get a flippin’ grip!”).

Express your avowed intention of attending here.

Pre-order the book and join the fun [sic] by reading along.

Satisfy your curiosity on the day on The Poetry Business YouTube channel.

Sheaf Poetry Festival (Sheffield), 20-22 November, 2020

Kendall Poetry Festival, 25-28 February, 2021

Welshpool Poetry Festival, 4-6 June, 2021

Past Events and Recordings

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 his forthcoming book A Commonplace.

Join Jane and Jonathan on the Nine Arches YouTube channel at 12 noon.

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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