Stormy Waters: Poetry Reading at Queens Park Book Festival

Sunday 1st July: 14:30 – 15:30

‘ A spirited and beguiling look at modern life through the eyes of three poets.’

” I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” Jane Austen, Persuasion

Looking forward to reading with poets Dzifa Benson & Chrys Salt in conversation with Rachael Newberry.


Poetry Reading at Berkhamsted Live

Blues, Folk, Poetry and Animation

Looking forward to reading from ‘The Immigration Handbook’ at Berkhamsted Live on Wednesday 13th June at 8:pm.

The Kings Arms, 147 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HL

Other performers include – Neil Beardmore, Sue Hampton, Chris Lawley, Mark Crane

In support of Pepper Nurses

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‘People Not Borders’ Prize Giving Event

I am delighted to be part of the ‘People Not Borders’ prize giving event on 31st January  in the Kings Arms Hotel, Berkhamsted.

Special guest speaker will be Lord Alf Dubs .

There will be music, poetry and short story readings. Sue Hampton and I will be announcing the winners of the ‘I AM ME’ creative writing competition.

The event will be ticketed and attended by the Deputy Mayor and representatives of other refugee charities: Safe Passage, Herts Welcomes Syrian Families and Herts4Refugees.

All funds raised will be shared between the charities ‘People Not Borders and ‘Safe Passage’.


The Bloomsbury Festival

Independent Voices

Delighted to be reading at The Bloomsbury Festival on Wednesday 18th October

with poets Rory Waterman & Nicholas Murray for an evening of political poetry.

Venue: Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS

Time: 7.30 pm

Tickets: £5

We will be joined by readers Sarah Chatwin, Mark Unwin and Jean Woollard who will present some classic poems that challenge society with an independent voice.


Ways To Be Equally Human

I’m delighted to be part of a six-book event with live music by Minnie Birch, on Sunday 24th September from 2 -4pm. The event will be held at Tiki’s, 208 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP1 1BH.

Free entry. Interviews, readings, Q and A and songs and signed copies available of all six books.

I am Me by Sue Hampton

The Immigration Hand Book by Caroline Smith

Owl Song at Dawn by Emma-Claire Sweeney

Heaven’s Rage by Leslie Tate

Ravelled and Woken by Sue Hampton


USA Poetry Reading Tour 13th to 23rd September

So excited to be reading poetry from The Immigration Handbook at the following venues in the USA:

Wednesday 13th September 7pm Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge MA

Thursday 14th September 7pm Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Plympton Street, Cambridge MA

Sunday 17th September 4.30 pm The Hudson Valley Writers’ Centre, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Monday 18th September Guest Seminar at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York

Tuesday 19th September Guest Seminar at Red Bank Regional High School, New Jersey

Thursday 21st September Guest Seminar at Ann Arbor College, University of Michigan

Friday 22nd September Poetry Launch Party, Ann Arbor, Michigan