Readings, Workshops and other Events

Poets’ Cafe – Reading Poetry Stanza, 8pm for 8.30pm, Friday 10th February 2023, Reading, Berkshire

I’m a guest reader, hosted by Claire Dyer, at this regular event run by the Poetry Stanza Group in Reading, Berkshire. There is also an open mic. More details are here.

Hearth- Aelwyd 2023, Speaking & Hearing Poetry & Writer Discussion, Saturday 11th February 2023, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire

I’m a guest writer at Hearth, a one day literature festival run at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales. I’ll be running a session about speaking and hearing poetry and then I’ll be part of a discussion with the other writers involved in the day. More details are here.

Writing More Poems & Letting Them Live a Little – a Five Week Short Course on Zoom, run by Welshpool Poetry Festival, led by Jonathan Davidson

19:00 – 21:00 GMT, Monday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March & Monday 3rd April 2023

£125 (bursary places available for those of limited financial means)

Being introduced to new, interesting poems is a great way to keep our own writing fresh. This course will be based around the sharing of some very fine poems accompanied by useful writing exercises to get the pen or pencil skipping across the page.

We’ll also listen to poems – to see how sound and meaning interweave – and they’ll be some conversation about ways of giving life to poems by sharing, publishing, performing.

Aimed at anyone currently writing poetry (or wishing they were), it will be run through a series of two hour Zoom meetings, with some tasks to be undertaken between sessions.

The course will be run in a friendly and relaxed manner, with plenty of opportunity to both learn and contribute. There will almost certainly be one of my almost legendary ‘end of course raffles’ in which, inexplicably, absolutely everyone gets a brilliant prize which will probably be a poetry book.

To reserve a place and for payment details or to request a bursary place please e-mail Pat Edwards at

Places available: 11

Requirements: the course will be run on Zoom so participants will need internet access. Advice on using Zoom will be provided

Booking deadline: Thursday 23rd February 2023

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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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