Next Workshop: Saturday 10th March

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 10th March at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 4pm start, finishing for 6pm. Free admission. Please bring some new poetry to share with the group.

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Next workshop: Saturday 10th February

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 10th February at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 4pm start, finishing for 6pm. Free admission. Please join us to share your new poetry.

Next workshop: Saturday 16th December

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 16th December at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 4pm start, finishing for 6pm. Free admission. Please join us to share your new poetry. This month, in addition to the usual workshop, we are pleased to host an extended reading by Doug Jones, followed by a discussion of his work.

Doug Jones was born in Romford and initially studied English at Warwick. He then completed an MPhil on the poet Bill Griffiths. During his MPhil he fell in with Bob Cobbing’s Writers Forum group, which was a huge influence. After university, he worked as a nurse in east London for many years and then as a doctor in Norfolk. He is married with two children and is currently working as a GP in Great Yarmouth. He has published two poetry books from Veer, Posts (2013) and London and Norfolk Poems (2015). Work has also appeared in VLAK and Zone, as well as online at:

Please note that this session is an exception to our holding the workshop on the second Saturday of each month. There will be no workshop on Saturday 9th December, due to non-availability of our venue on that day – we have kindly been offered space on the 16th as an alternative.

Next workshop: Saturday 18th November with Khaled Hakim

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 18th November at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 4pm start, finishing for 6pm. Free admission. Please join us to share your new writing. This month, in addition to the usual workshop, we are pleased to host an extended reading by Khaled Hakim, followed by discussion of his work.

Khaled Hakim had published grudgingly – preferring semi-improvisatory talk poems – before entering a protracted silence. A few pieces did escape and were published by Kelvin Corcoran, Angel Exhaust, Miles Champion, Talus, Tim Atkins, and Nicholas Johnson’s Foil: Defining Poetry 1985-2000 (which neatly closed this period). In retrospect, he views his poetics as ‘post-L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E’ – utilizing narrativity and the pressure of subject. 

This year marks his return to poetic activity, and he will be reading from The Book of Naseeb – a degraded epic written in a mixture of Quranic language, street argot, and Middle English – which has taken six and a half years to complete. www.khaledhakim.weebly.com

Please note that this session is an exception to the usual scheduling of the workshop for the second Saturday of each month. There will be no workshop on Saturday 11th November, as many participants are involved in stalls and readings at the Small Publishers’ Fair, a major book art event taking place in London on the 10th and 11th – more information here: http://smallpublishersfair.co.uk/.

Next workshop: Saturday 21st October

The next Writers Forum Workshop – New Series will be on Saturday 21st October at The Barley Mow pub, 127 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX (nearest stations: Old Street and Shoreditch High Street). 4pm start, finishing for 6pm. Free admission. Please join us and bring some new writing to share.

Please note that this session is an exception to our holding the workshop on the second Saturday of each month. There will be no workshop on Saturday 14th October, due to non-availability of our venue on that day – we have kindly been offered space on the 21st instead.