Events

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.


April 28th 7-8.30pm (Online)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Poetry Culture

What is ‘poetry culture’? Whom does it serve? And how can we ensure that it is truly representative of the needs of the poetry community, and in particular the needs of women poets? Join us at this Women Poets’ Network webinar with industry guests Jon Opie (Jerwood Arts Foundation), Sarisha Kumar (Poet in the City), and Monica Parle (Forward Arts Foundation). This webinar will include live captions, and a Q&A.
FREE for members; £6 for non-members

BOOK HERE (please see your emails for member code to claim your free ticket)


May 7th 4-6pm (In Person)

Women Poets’ Network Gathering WIGAN: Bios & Blurbs

In partnership with poetry powerhouse Louise Fazackerley, we are hosting an informal yet practical drop-in networking session for women poets based in or near Wigan to gather and try out some top tips for writing bios and blurbs.. This event will be held in person, subject to Covid guidance, and will be followed by a fun early evening open mic.
FREE to allBOOK HERE


May 7th 6.30-8pm (In Person)

Women Poets’ Open Mic WIGAN

Hosted by Louise Fazackerley (Verve Poetry Press) and featuring guest sets from Louise and our project manager Kirsten Luckins (Burning Eye; Bad Betty Press). To sign up for the open mic please email the contact address in the event description. Free to attend but booking essential for COVID capacity management.

FREE to allBOOK HERE


May 8th 10am-12pm (In Person)

Women Poets’ Network Gathering NORTHWEST : Pitches & Proposals

In partnership with They Eat Culture, we are hosting an informal yet practical drop-in networking session for women poets based in the North West to gather and chat about the do’s and don’ts of pitches and proposals, and about their poetry lives in general. Facilitated by our project manager Kirsten Luckins, drawing on 12 years experience as both a commissioning producer for live literature events and as a freelancer on the other side of the table. This event will be held in person, subject to Covid guidance.
FREE to allBOOK HERE


June 29th 7-8pm (Online)

Women Poets’ Circle : Creativity & Confidence with Shamshad Khan

Second of four co-created digital sessions, informed by what our members tell us they need and would like more information and discussion about. Featuring poet and resilience coach Shamshad Khan as our special guest, answering questions and leading conversations arising from her Library article. 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-membersBOOK HERE


July 29th 7-8pm (Online)

Women Poets’ Circle 3 of 4

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-membersTICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 30 JUNE


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 you can share your own thoughts and experiences about the pleasures and pitfalls of working beyond the solo. This event will be held in person, subject to Covid guidance.
FREE to allBOOK HERE


September 27th 7-8pm (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-membersTICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 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-membersTICKETS 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.

Past Events
Women Poets’ Circle: Building Our Own Residencies with Jo Bell