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Poetry in the Crypt

Join us for poets John McCullough, Kate Noakes and Clare Pollard.

  • Admission £5
  • Poets from the floor welcome
  • Free cakes & coffee
  • All proceeds to Hospice Care Kenya

John McCullough’s first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs, won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012 and was a Book of the Year for The Independent and a summer read in The Observer. His new collection, Spacecraft, was named one of The Guardian's Best Books for Summer and shortlisted for the Ledbury-Forte prize. He has written commissioned poems for the British Museum and British Film Institute. John teaches creative writing at New Writing South and the Open University. He lives in Hove.

Kate Noakes writes poetry, short fiction, novels and non-fiction. Her most recent poetry collections are Paris, Stage Left (Eyewear Publishing, 2017) and Tattoo on Crow Street (Parthian, 2015). She was elected to the Welsh Academy of Letters in 2011 and her website ( is archived by the National Library of Wales. In 2012 she founded Paris Lit Up, a not for profit literature organisation in Paris. Kate has taught creative writing for Oxford University and the Poetry School. Kate lives in London. (Photo: Frances Sutton)

Clare Pollard, born in Bolton in 1978, lives in London. She has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, most recently Incarnation (2017). Clare’s play The Weather (Faber, 2004) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and her translation projects include a version of Ovid’s Heroines (2013), which she recently toured as a one-woman show. She is the new editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, co-founded by Ted Hughes.

Earlier Event: February 25
20s and 30s - bring and share lunch
Later Event: April 23
Islington Council election hustings