I am presenting a series of readings called Stablemates at Waterstones Piccadilly on the last Thursday of the month.  Each event will feature three poets from one publisher.


Thursday 25th May

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

with Helen Mort, Liz Berry and Kayo Chingonyi of Chatto & Windus.

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Doors open 7pm, event starts 7.30
at Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
£8 in advance (book here) £10 on the door (includes glass of wine)

Helen Mort is one of the Next Generation Poets. Division Street, her debut collection, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. No Map Could Show Them is inspired by the mountains she climbs and pioneering women mountaineers. Helen is also the author of Lake District Trail Running: 20 off-road routes for trail & fell runners.
Liz Berry’s first full collection, Black Country, won many awards including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. The best way to experience the vernacular and dialect of these ecstatic, quicksilver poems, ablaze with originality, curiosity and a passion for words (Ruth Padel) is to hear Liz speak them.
Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of The Complete Works II and Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. In 2012 he won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and represented Zambia at Poetry Parnassus. He has been shortlisted twice for the Brunel University African Poetry Prize. His debut, Kumukanda, rendered in poems that are elegant yet conversational, fluent yet profoundly skilful, touched with heart-stopping lyricism (Henry Shukman) will be on sale at Stablemates ahead of its publication in June.
Chatto & Windus is the oldest continuous imprint at Penguin Random House UK. Founded in 1855 by John Camden Hotten, it was sold on his death in 1873 to his junior partner Andrew Chatto, who took on the minor poet W. E. Windus as a sleeping partner.

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Past Events
Thursday 27th April

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Steve Ely, Nancy Charley and Richard Skinner of Smokestack Books
Thursday 20th April
Feature Poet at Black Cat Poets, Denton, Manchester.
Thursday 30th March

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Mona Arshi, Ruby Robinson and Deryn Rees-Jones of Pavilion Poetry
Wednesday 22nd March

Launch of Ticker-tape by Rishi Dastidar

I’m delighted to be presenting the launch of Rishi’s debut poetry collection. There will also be readings from Katie Griffiths and Alex MacDonald.

Wednesday 1st March

Masterclass with Sean O’Brien

I’ll be co-hosting this event with Tamar Yoseloff, editor of Hercules Editions which published Sean O’Brien’s chapbook Hammersmith.

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Martin Figura, Kathleen M Quinlan and Lesley Ingram of Cinnamon Press
Monday 13th February 2017
I was one of the features at Loose Muse Winchester – a spin off from the London series for women writers – alongside award winning novelist Claire Fuller.

at Discovery Centre, Jewry Street,  Winchester, SO23 8SB

Thursday 26th January 2017
Jill Abram presents Stablemates
A Poetry Salon with Kei Miller, William Letford and Kate Miller of Carcanet.
Tuesday 6th December
I was the showcase poet at a special edition of Beyond Words. The main feature was the premier of SALT MUSIC – the story of Hessle Road and the fishing folk of Hull with words by Angela Brodie and Music by Steve Halliwell.

7.30pm at The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY

Thursday 24th November

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Tamar Yoseloff, Caroline Smith and Rosie Shepperd of Seren Books.
Thursday 27th October

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Jo Bell, Isobel Dixon and Rishi Dastidar from Nine Arches Press
Thursday 29th September

Jill Abram presents Stablemates

A Poetry Salon with Ross Sutherland, Claire Trévien and Charlotte Newman from publisher Penned in the Margins.
at Waterstones Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD
Mon 27th June 2016

Jill Abram presents Look Who’s In Town!

Upstairs at the Wheatsheaf pub, 25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JB.

Matthew Siegel, Mona Arshi and Karen McCarthy Woolf were nominated for the Forward Best First Collection Prize in 2015, which Mona won with Small Hands. While Matthew is on this side of the Atlantic, I have got them together again plus special guest Yomi Sode for a unique reading.  Click for more details

Doors 7pm, poetry 7.30pm. Entry £5