Readings, Workshops and other Events
Listen Closely: Hearing & Speaking Poetry, 90 minute online workshop, Tuesday 21st September 2021, 18:30 to 20:00 GMT
An online event as part of Nottinghamshire Libraries Inspire poetry festival. Click here for more details.
Poetry Reading for the Ware Poets, Hertfordshire, evening of Friday 8th October 2021
A poetry reading as part of this long-running series of events in Ware in Hertfordshire. Details to be announced shortly.
Poetry Reading for Cross Border Poets, North Wales, afternoon of Saturday 27th November 2021
A poetry reading as part of this long-running series of events in North East Wales. Details to be announced shortly.
Guest Reader at Wendy Pratt’s Online Winter Writing Retreat, 6th to 10th December 2021
I’m one of two guest readers on this online course. I understand places are still available. For details scroll down this page here.
Advance notice: I’ll be running two 90 minute poetry writing workshops for The Poetry Business in January and March 2022 and short courses for Welshpool Poetry Festival and The Poetry Business in Spring and Summer 2022. Details will be posted in late 2021. Click here to join Jonathan’s e-mail list
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.