next Fourth Friday – March 22nd, 8pm at the Poetry Cafe – £6/5 poetry: Mimi Khalvati, prose: Hylda Sims, music: LiTTLe MACHiNe

mimi_07Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran and grew up on the Isle of Wight.  Her Carcanet collections include In White Ink (1991), Mirrorwork (1995), for which she received an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award,Entries on Light (1997) and The Chine (2002). The Meanest Flower (2007) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, a Financial Times Book of the Year, and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her most recent collection, Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011 was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Mimi is the founder of The Poetry School and has co-edited its anthologies of new writing, published by Enitharmon Press. She received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is a tutor for The Poetry School and a freelance creative writing teacher.

I am convinced that while we may tire of brasher voices, Mimi Khalvati’s work will endure. – Moniza Alvi, Poetry Wales

hylda colourHylda Sims writes novels, poetry and songs and hosts Fourth Friday. She will, unusually, be reading herself  this month, from her recently published novel Waterloo Roses, available from in paperback and as a Kindle ebook.  Visit  to learn more.


littlemachine_300609_ 2615LiTTLe MACHine are three accomplished musicians and singers: Chris Hardy, Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell, who turn poetry from every age into ravishing, moving, foot-tapping music.  Learn more at

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