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Poetry Cafe, London

  • The Poetry Cafe 22 Betterton Street London, England, WC2H 9BX United Kingdom (map)

Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Seaa fearless and dynamic collection of poetry and short fiction from established and emerging writer worldwide - at London's famed Poetry Cafe.

Join us for readings by UK contributors and special guests including Martin Ouvry, Michael Sutton, and Sharmini Wijeyesekera.

Hosted by Jane Ormerod.

£5/£3 concessions on the door

Submissions open for the 2020 anthology in October. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about an independent press that loves new voices.

Martin Ouvry lives in London. A writer, musician, and teacher, Martin is a Wingate Scholar in literature and was a Hawthornden Fellow. His work has been published in a range of anthologies and magazines including EsquireNew Writing (Picador, London), The London Magazine, and the great weather for MEDIA anthology Suitcase of Chrysanthemums. He is writing a novel with the generous support of Arts Council England.


Michael Sutton is a poet from Liverpool, England. He currently studies Creative Writing at Edge Hill University where he is the recipient of the 2018 Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award. His poem “Balliwicki” is included in Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea.


For many years Sharmini Wijeyesekera tried hard to drop out of society; she camped in urban parks, hitchhiked across Europe and played music for her dinner. Now she lives in London and writes to satisfy her wanderlust. Her poetry has been published in Milvia Street and American Journal of Poetry, and she also writes and records story-songs as the artist Charmed Life. Find her in the latest great weather for MEDIA anthology, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea.

Earlier Event: August 25
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Later Event: September 8
Spoken Word Sundays NYC