The latest poetry events in Cornwall

(many thanks to Helen and Lorna at Piccolina for gathering this listing together, if you have a poetry event you’d like to promote, get in touch using the contact form at the end of this post, and we’ll send you piccolina and the Poetry point details )

Indian King Poets Reading

Saturday 12 October, 2.45 at the Camelford Gallery

Members of the North Cornwall Poetry Stanza and Indian King Poets read and invite the audience to participate in an Open Mic following the Private View of the Cornwall Watercolour Society’s new exhibition. 

Donations.  Contact Helen Jagger for any further information:

The Red River Poets present:

readings from the new anthology: Murder of Krows 2

Thursday 15 October, 19.00, The Edge of the World Bookshop, Penzance

Wednesday 16 October, 19.30, The Melting Pot Cafe, Redruth

Monday 21 October, 19.30, The Poly (Daniell Room), Falmouth

All events are free, and Alan M Kent is reading at the Penzance and Redruth events.  Contact Duncan Yeates for any further information:


Indian King Poets, guest Terry Dooley, Reading

Saturday 26 October, 16.00, at Relish Cafe, Wadebridge

Members of the Indian King Poets read with guest member Terry Dooley reading from his sequence appearing in the new issue of the Long Poem Magazine, copies of which will be on sale at £6 per copy; Open Mic for non-members.  This is a comfortable, warm place with good coffee and cakes.  Donations invited. 

Further information from Helen Jagger;


Looking Ahead


autumn dates and venues in Cornwall t.b.c

Zeeba Ansari’s poems from her eagerly awaited first collection Love’s Labours (July 2013 Pindrop Press) will be read by various friends, all still to be confirmed.


Lorna Thorpe, Helen Jagger and Jenny Hamlett

Thursday 14 November, Falmouth

Part of Falmouth Poetry Group’s 40th anniversary events programme.  These events bring good poets to the county, and give them a chance to hear some of our work, in workshops, and in the Open Hat sessions – a feature unique to Cornwall. More details of Wes Magee in September, and of Helen,Lorna and Jenny’s autumn reading in future.

Details of time, venue and cost t.b.c.



Cafe Frug: temporarily not happening in Penzance because of venue problems!

An evening of poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux.  Musicians and poets welcome to perform.  Takes place EVERY Thursday (except 7 June) at the St Ives Arts Club, from 8 pm.  Contact Bob on 01736 753899 or visit the St Ives Arts Club website or Facebook page.

Cafe Frug is also now being held in Penzance on a regular basis … alternate Wednesdays, 8pm at Artists Residence Hotel, Chapel Street Penzance. Contact Bob Devereux as above.

Drollow: Poetry Prom

The last Friday of every month, 7.45 pm at The Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn TR18 5AD.  Entry is free.  Read your own poem or one by another poet or if you prefer, just listen and enjoy.

Contact Les Gillard:  01736 363842 

The Falmouth Poetry Group

meets every second Monday of the month at 7.00 pm in Cornwall Polytechnic library, Church Street, Falmouth.  FPG members £2, non-members £3 per session.  Poems are read aloud by the poet, then discussed and work-shopped before the poet comes back in.  Criticism is acute and professional (always friendly) but can be very helpful.  FPG annual subscription is £10).  For more info contact:

Indian King Poets (and Camelford Poetry Society Stanza):

Indian King Poets meet most Mondays at Garmoe Cottage, Camelford, from 10 am-12.30 pm.  We write together and bring poems for peer criticism.  £6 per session.  Become a member for £15 p.a (from Aug) then pay just £20 for occasional day long workshops with visiting poets.  Contact Helen Wood: or 01840 212161

Liskeard Poetry Group

meets second Monday of the month at Stuart House, Barras Street, Liskeard from 4.30 to approximately 6.30 pm.  Contact Secretary for more details:

Penzance Poetry Society Stanza

meets the first Monday in the month (second Monday when there is a Bank Holiday) at the Orchard Room, The Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn TR18 5AR.  01736 365890.  The cost is £2.00 per session payable on the day including tea and coffee.  Contact Angela Stoner on 01736 363146 or e-mail

Six Minute Writer with Angela Stoner

Last Wednesday of every month from 10.30-12.30 at 23 Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AP, £6.00: a change for writers to flex their writing muscles and put their creative mind into gear.  anyone is welcome.  Contact Angela for more information:


A regular literary event in Falmouth, held bi-monthly on the last Tuesday of the month starting in September (having skipped August) in Dolly’s Winebar, Church Street, Falmouth, at 7.00 pm.  Contact Sarah Valmai Jones on  Next last Tuesday is in November.

Poetry on St Austell Bay Radio

Listen with Marj is a Poetry & Literature programme, Fridays 10-11am on 105.6 fm or on-line: Google rsab to listen or listen again.  Guests have their own platform to present poetry & story:

27 September: Lorna Thorpe, co-editor of PICCOLINA.  If you wish to be my guest and present your writings, please contact Marj Fenston James by email:

Literature works (formerly Cyprus Well)

Contact: to go on their mailing list.  Regular newsletters contain news, features, activities, events, projects, support, jobs, funding, development – as their mast head boasts.  There’s a SW Literature Calendar, monthly features etc.  We have asked them to send us details of poetry events in Cornwall they’re aware of, but they won’t do that and as we haven’t the time to trawl their newsletter for poetry events to inform you, your editors strongly recommend that you enter your events on their regional calendar.  And if you want to know where other money for literature in Cornwall is being spent by Cornwall Council and the Arts Council regionally, you might like to visit:

The Crying Wolf Man a new storytelling and poetry review by Mac Dunlop, link here



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