Welcome to our page for Women Poets’ Network events. Here you will find our 2022 programme of events for members of the network. All indicated times are GMT (UK time).
Booking can be made here on this page. If you are a member, please look out for your discount codes which will be sent to you by email.
August 14th 2-4pm (In Person)
Women Poets’ Network Gathering SHROPSHIRE: Collaborations
In partnership with the Poetry Pharmacy, we are hosting an in informal drop-in session for women poets based in or near Bishop’s Castle to gather and chat about all things poetry, with a special focus on collaborative working. Facilitated by our project manager Kirsten Luckins, who also runs spoken word collective Tees Women Poets, this is a relaxed afternoon where we will experiment with practical prompts for collaborative writing.
FREE to all – SOLD OUT
September 11th 10.30am – 12.30pm(Online)
Women Poets’ Open Mic & Social
Continuing our successful series of social events blending practical discussion, one-poem open mic, and chat-room networking. Join us from your Sunday lie-in for a conversation about submitting to magazines, sixteen poets reading one poem each, and time to make new poetry friends.
FREE – BOOK NOW
September 27th 7-8pm (Online)
Women Poets’ Circle 3 of 4: Finding and Making Poetry Communities
Featuring guest Christy Ku, founder of BESEA Poets network for British East & South East Asian poets. Third of four co-created digital sessions, informed by what our members tell us they need and would like more information and discussion about. Designed to be non-hierarchical, this is a facilitated safe space for open and honest discussion and shared learning with fellow women poets. Automated captions provided by Otter.ai
FREE for members; £5 for non-members – TICKETS AVAILABLE 15 AUGUST
October 12th 7-8.30pm (Online)
How to Sustain a Career as a Woman Poet
Being a poet is often a passion, but love alone won’t pay the rent. How can a poet – and in particular, women poets – sustain a career that allows them to be creative, but also to make a living? In this Women Poets’ Network Webinar, we look at the funding opportunities, industry infrastructure, and resources available to support poets looking to earn their way with their poetry. With industry guests Robyn Law (Society of Authors), Dzifa Benson (poet, critic, editor) and Julia Bird (Poetry Society/Jaybird Live Literature). This webinar will be live captioned, and will include a Q&A.
FREE for members; £6 for non-members – TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
November 19th 9.30am-4pm, Dragon Hall, Norwich (Hybrid)
Women Poets’ Festival
The Rebecca Swift Foundation hosts the first Women Poets’ Festival. Designed by and for women poets, the key themes of this all-day festival will be Writing (craft), Doing (practice/making a living), Being (wellbeing and the creative self). A hybrid format will welcome in person and live stream guests. The day will also include readings from the winners of the Women Poets’ Prize 2022. This event has been generously supported by the National Centre for Writing. Full programme tba.
£35 in-person Day Pass, £30 for members (tickets limited); £10 digital Day Pass – TICKETS ON SALE NOW
December 7th 7pm-8.pm (online)
Women Poets’ Circle 4 of 4
Last of four co-created digital sessions, informed by what our members tell us they need and would like more information and discussion about. Designed to be non-hierarchical, this is a facilitated safe space for open and honest discussion and shared learning with fellow women poets. Automated captions provided by Otter.ai
Free for members, £5 for non-members
Women Poets’ Circle: Building Our Own Residencies with Jo Bell
Webinar: What We Talk About When We Talk About Poetry Culture with Forward Arts, Jerwood Foundation, & Poet in the City
Online Social & Open Mic: discussing the perfect bio, with 16 poets reading and breakout networking rooms
Women Poets’ Circle: Creativity & Confidence with Shamshad Khan
Online Social & Open Mic: discussing poetry prizes, with 16 poets reading and breakout networking rooms