Readings, Workshops, and Other Literary Events


Sheaf Poetry Festival, 20-22 November, 2020, reading and discussion with Roz Goddard

In this genial event, Jonathan and his friend the poet Roz Goddard will read some poems by all sorts of people and talk about the pleasures of ‘previously enjoyed poetry’. They will also invite some of the audience to share readings of some of the poems from A Commonplace and perhaps some other poems. There might be some anecdotes recounted and some opinions expressed.

Kendal Poetry Festival, 25-28 February, 2021

Welshpool Poetry Festival, 4-6 June, 2021


How to Write Good Poems and Get Them Published, 7 November – 5 December 2020

This 5 week short course is being run by Literature Works as part of Quay Words, a programme of literature activities in Exeter, UK. It help poets to craft poems that really connect with readers, and also offer advice and insight into the poetry sector and how to get published.

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 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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