Reading at The Bakehouse

Thrilled to be reading with Moniza Alvi at this event. Do join us!

The Bakehouse



Moniza Alvi and Caroline Smith

May 29th  7.15 for 7.30pm

The Bakehouse is thrilled to bring together this brace of award winning poets on our virtual stage. Boy are they impressive!  Caroline’s most recent poetry book, ‘The Immigration Handbook’ (Pub: Seren Books) was shortlisted for the 2016 Ted Hughes award and has been translated into Italian. She has twice been one of the winners in the prestigious Troubadour Competition. Moniza’s first collection The Country at My Shoulder (OUP, 1993) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and the Whitbread poetry prizes. Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) and At the Time of Partition  (Bloodaxe, 2013) were both Poetry Book Society Choices and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. 

‘Moniza.. is a skilled storyteller, recounting the extraordinary in the voice of the everyday, so that we accept the miraculous as something we need… London Magazine.

‘The Immigration Handbook (by Caroline Smith) was certainly the most moving and inspiring book of poems I read last year. It really is a major book of political poems; I find it hard to think of a comparably successful achievement in that area’. Bernard O’Donoghue (poet)

Caroline and Moniza will be followed by our traditional Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate. Open mic readers selected on a first come, first served basis from those who apply to read.  

The event will be streamed via Zoom.  If you would like to join our audience, or be one of our open mic readers let me know soonest at 

We’ll send you the relevant Zoom link to join nearer the time. 

We look forward to seeing you on May 29th  at our fourth digital event of the season. If you’ve ‘been’ before, you’ll know you are in for another Bakehouse treat.

Booking is essential so we know who to ‘admit’.

Cardiff Poetry Festival 15th -18th April 2021

The Persistence of Memory

I am delighted to be reading with Moniza Alvi at the Festival on Sunday 18th April from 5:00 –

Our readings will draw from interior experiences of dealing with dementia, of loved-ones confined in their own interior world by age and physical decline. And of the lonliness and isolation of being forced to live on the margins of society.

This is a free zoom event. Please register for your free ticket at the link below. We hope to see you there!

Journeys to Justice Celebration Day

‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.

    Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.1963

I’m really looking forward to reading from ‘The Immigration Handbook’ at the Journeys to Justice Celebration Day, at The Library, Willesden Green, London NW10 2SF, on Saturday 22nd June 12 – 4 pm.

Come and join us for this family day, with workshops, readings and activities for all the family and spend some time in the wonderful, moving exhibition about Journeys to Justice. Using inspirational, universal stories from the US civil rights movement and UK struggles for freedom.

London Launch of 84 Poems on male suicide, vulnerability, grief and hope.

84 poems on suicide

I am proud to have a poem in this important anthology of poems:

Join us at Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, on April 3rd at 7pm for the London Launch.

Eighty Four: Poems on male suicide, vulnerability, grief and hope

Curated by Helen Calcutt

Published by: VERVE Poetry Press



Eighty Four is a new anthology of poetry on the subject of male suicide in aid of CALM. Poems have been donated to the collection by Andrew McMillan, Salena Godden, Anthony Anaxogorou, Katrina Naomi, Ian Patterson, Carrie Etter and Peter Raynard, while a submissions window yielded many excellent poems on the subject from both known and hitherto unknown poets we are thrilled to have been made aware of. Curated by poet Helen Calcutt, Eighty-Four showcases human vulnerability in all its forms. From the baby in the bath who knows daddy is gone, to the woman whose father haunts her through the window, here is a diverse collection of voices, delicately speaking the intense difficulties of the human predicament, courageously engaging with the profound impact that male suicide is having on all of us. There’s a glittering strength to this volume, because of the honesty from which its poems have been created, giving this book the truth it was seeking. We hope to shed light on an issue that is cast in shadow, and often shrouded in secrecy and denial. If we don’t talk, we don’t heal, and we don’t change. In Eighty Four, we are talking. Are you listening?


 Full list of poets included (A-Z): Anthony Anaxagorou, Romalyn Ante, Casey Bailey, Abie Budgen, Lewis Buxton, David Calcutt, Helen Calcutt, Louisa Campbell, Garry Carr, Stuart Carswell, Gram Joel Davies, Michelle Diaz, Glyn Edwards, Carrie Etter, Robert Francis, Alan Girling, Salena Godden, Emily Harrison, John Hawkhead, Martin Hayes, Alastair Hesp, Shaun Hill, Paul Howarth, Rosie Jackson, Janet Jenkins, Helen Kay, Asim Khan, Charles Lauder, Hannah Linden, Jane Lovell, Nick Makoha, Liam McCormick, Andrew McMillan, Abegail Morley, Katrina Naomi, Isabel Palmer, Ian Patterson, Mario Petrucci, Zoe Piponedes, Claire Potter, Peter Raynard, Brenda Read-Brown, Victoria Richards, Belinda Rimmer, Bethany Rivers, Stephen Seabridge, Richard Skinner, Caroline Smith, Janet Smith, Joelle Taylor, Maria Taylor, Christina Thatcher.





Press Play 2019: Creative Interventions in Research and Practice

I am delighted to have been invited to participate in  Press Play 2019: Creative Interventions in Research and Practice. The conference takes place at MACRO/British School at Rome from 28th – 29th March 2019.

Press Play fuses academic research, creative practice and civic engagement. I will be reading from ‘The Immigration Handbook’ and discussing my work and the process of translation with Prof Paola Splendore. Prof Paola Splendore  has translated a number of my poems into Italian.

Press Play programme – final electronic version