Reading Poetry Festival




Friday 23 October +

The Gerald Finzi Memorial Lecture

In Praise of Volume


Kei Miller


6:30-7:30 (preceded by a wine reception starting at 5:45)


Lecture Theatre, Building 22, London Road Campus, University of Reading

Saturday 24 October +

Two Rivers Press Reading

David Cooke, Jane Draycott and David Attwooll, all of whom have published with Reading's Two Rivers Press, read from their poetry.


David Cooke, Jane Draycott, David Attwooll




Building 22, London Road Campus, University of Reading

Event information


Entry to the Gerald Finzi Memorial Lecture is free. A one-day ticket costs £20, and an individual event ticket £5 (unless stated otherwise). The festival is free for University of Reading students and members and guests of speakers.

Reading Poetry Festival 2015 will bring together many of the most exciting talents in contemporary poetry from across the UK and abroad. Following Kei Miller's opening Finzi Lecture, there will be a translation focus on the Saturday with discussions and talks on the theme and poets from France, Germany and the Netherlands reading their work alongside their translators. There will be a reading by poets published by the local Two Rivers Press, followed by an evening reading featuring renowned poet Sujata Bhatt.


The first Reading Poetry Festival in 2013 opened with a Finzi Lecture given by Iain Sinclair and featured poets such as Bernard O'Donoghue, Dorothea Smartt, Mark Ford, Jeff Hilson, David Herd and Esther Jansma, among many others.  This was followed in 2014 by a Finzi Lecture given by Don Paterson and a focus on emerging British talent, including Rebecca Perry, Paul Batchelor, Hannah Lowe, David Wheatley, Sarah Howe and Amy Cutler, among many others. It also featured a War Poetry focus and themed events on Dylan Thomas and John Berryman.


The festival will take place in Building L22, London Road Campus, University of Reading, London Road, Reading, Rg1 5AQ. Signs will be put up around the campus to direct you to this location. It is 10-15 minutes' walk away from the city centre, either via London Street or Watlington Street. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank outside Reading Train Station and bus number 21 goes to the bottom of Kendrick Road from the Station every 10 minutes; from there, it is less than a minute's walk along London Road to the London Road Campus.

For further details please contact

Andrew Houwen

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