Forthcoming one-off events are listed below as and when they occur.

Recent Events

February 2015: The BPI welcomed Peter Robinson on the 3rd February 2015, and Kathleen Jamie on 18th February 2015, for two very exciting readings.

14 November 2014: Hilary Menos read from her most recent collection, Red Devon which is based on her experience as a livestock farmer, confronting the uncomfortable realities and ethical dilemmas of farming in taut, highly self-conscious and witty language.

5 June 2014:  Publication and Launch of Bristol Poetry. An anthology of poetry written by students taking Dr William Wootten’s Special Subject course in Creative Writing and those taking Andrew Jamison’s workshops.  This anthology proved very popular with prospective students at subsequent Open Day, encouraging students to apply to study English at the University.

9 May 2014: Gareth Reeves with Stephen Hofkes.  An evening of poetry on the life of Shostakovich interspersed with pieces of his music, held at the Victoria Rooms

February 2014:  ‘Public and Private Faces: Poetry and the Portrait’, a poetry competition and masterclass by Rachael Boast in collaboration with the Royal West of England Academy, to accompany 'Likenesses' (8 February – 20 March 2014), an exhibition of portraits by acclaimed American photographer Judith Aronson. A review of this event can be read in PN Review 222.

Autumn 2013/ 13 December 2013: Poet-in-Residence Andrew Jamison hosted six weekly workshops open to Faculty of Arts students.  This was concluded by a public reading by Alan Gillis and Andrew Jamison to mark the end of his tenure.

December 2013: The BPI supported Making Learning with the launch of 'Patchwork Poetry' a creative and collaborative writing project to help audiences unfamiliar with poetry to engage with reading and writing poetry. It held a number of free public events with members of Bristol-based charity Art + Power, and held a workshop at the MShed for International Women's Day 2014.

20 November 2013: The BPI supported English graduate and performance poet Vanessa Kisuule as she launched 'Inky Fingertips', Bristol University’s first monthly poetry and spoken word night aimed at students.

16 November 2013: Translating Poetry: the Impossible Art? a study day, plenary and, at the Watershed, a public debate on Translating, Poetry was staged by the BPI in association with InsideArts and supported by BIRTHA and the School of Modern Languages.  

Study Day papers:

Timothy Gorta, Reza Taherkermani, Landeg White, David Harsent, Andrew Giles, Valentino Gianuzzi.

Robert Vilain and Don Paterson gave a public discussion on translating Rilke. 


Professor Patrick McGuinness

Public Debate and Reading at The Watershed Media Centre:

David Harsent

Sean O'Brien

Don Paterson

2 October 2013: The Echoing Gallery, a book of poems responding to art in Bristol was launched.  The book was developed by Rachael Boast from a pamphlet edited by Adam Hanna and two students at Bristol and included work by current members of the English Department Readers.  The event, which was staged in association with the Poetry Can and Redcliffe Press at the Orangery, Goldney Hall, was part of the Bristol Poetry Festival. 

25 April 2013: The Victoria Rooms played host to a slam poetry event organised by third-year English undergraduate, Vanessa Kisuule.

24 April 2013: the award-winning poet Alice Oswald read from her 2011 poem, Memorial, subtitled 'An Excavation of the Iliad', and discussed her work more broadly. This event was organized with the generous support of the Bristol Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, and the Bristol Poetry Institute.

22 March 2013: to celebrate the end of our first poet's residency, the BPI hosted poets Ciaran Carson and Andrew Jamison.

19 March 2013: poetry reading by former MA student Oli Hazzard. Oli's first collection 'Between Two Windows', published by Carcanet, was one of John Ashbery's books of the year in the TLS.

Spring 2013: Poet-in-residence at University of Bristol. A six-week residency by a published poet, Rachael Boast, offering readings and workshops to students from across the University.

Winter 2012: a poetry competition for young poets (aged 16 - 19) was launched in schools and sixth-form colleges in Bristol, and was judged by a panel of three judges (local published poets). The prize was an opportunity for the winner and two runners-up to give a public reading alongside the three judges. Book donations were made to the winners’ schools.

The competition was launched in September 2012, with a closing date for entries in December; the prize-giving and reading event was held on February 13 2013. Winning poems can be read here.



  • Poetry 2015: Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas 23 April 2015, 5.30 PM - 23 April 2015, 8.00 PM Dr William Wooten, Professor Ralph Pite Lecture Theatre 3, University of Bristol Arts Complex, 3-5 Woodland Road, BS8 1TB