I’ve put on poetry gigs and run poetry clubs since I was 17.

In 2016 I am co-curating (with Tania Harrison) the Poetry Arena at Latitude Festival; plus programmes for Festival Number 6 and The Edinburgh International Book Festival.

I’ve programmed tents/events for festival such as Port Eliot and Gold and even had my own marquee on the Meadows at The Edinburgh Fringe. From 2007-2009 I worked for Writers’ Centre Norwich as their live-literature co-ordinator (with Laura Stimson). We ran The Poetry Link, a network of individual clubs in five towns across The East of England.

My current club is The Stand-Up Poetry Club which I run quarterly as Diss Corn Hall. Here we showcase the best of the current scene.


Smashed Entertainment, Colchester, 1999

Aisle16, Norwich, 2000-2004

The Chill ‘Em Out Jazz Cafe, Norwich, 2001-2003 (though the night ran without me before and after this)

2 Many Poets, London, 2004 (with Nathan Penlington)

Escape Your Sofa, London, 2004 (with James Grieve)

The Stand-Up Poetry Club @ The Whitechapel, London, 2004-2006

Luke Wright’s Poetry Party, Edinburgh, 2007 (2 day extravaganza, Edinburgh Fringe’s first dedicated poetry venue)

Norwich Poetry Club, Norwich, 2010-2012 (with Hannah Jane Walker, John Osborne & Martin Figura)

The Stand-Up Poetry Club, Norwich, 2012-2013

Babble On strand for Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh 2014-2016 (with Becky Fincham)

Spoken word on the Piazza Stage at Festival Number 6, Port Merion, 2015-2016