Enfield Poets began life as the Salisbury House Poets in 2000. Founded by Anthony Fisher, Valerie Darville, and the late Jane Elder, its primary purpose is to provide an opportunity for local poets to perform their work in a supportive and stimulating environment, as part of a monthly series of live readings featuring guest poets.

Now based at the Dugdale Theatre, Enfield Poets has played host to many well-known figures in the poetry world, including Ruth Padel, Elaine Feinstein, John Hegley, and the current and former poet-laureates, Carol Ann Duffy and Andrew Motion.

In addition to its regular live shows, Enfield Poets also runs workshops and classes to help local writers develop their knowledge and skills, and the Dugdale Theatre is fast acquiring a reputation as a centre of excellence for creative writing. There is also an associated stanza group, co-ordinated by Alan Murray. The group meets once a month at the Dugdale Theatre to provide members with friendly and constructive feedback on work in progress.

Enfield Poets Audience


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The Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road
EN2 6DS Enfield, United Kingdom

Our Venue

Dugdale Centre

Situated in the heart of historic Enfield Town, the Dugdale Centre is an arts venue that hosts a wide variety of performances from theatre and music to comedy. It is also fast becoming one of the most important places for poetry in North London. As well as being the home of Enfield Poets, who have monthly events with guest poets and open mic slots, the Dugdale Centre’s theatre space also stages readings by celebrated figures such as Carol Ann Duffy and Andrew Motion.



A.R.A.W.LII. (Academy of ‘raitƏ*(s) And World Literati) is an organisation that works to promote literature and creative writing, and to strengthen cultural ties between India and other countries. In our Advisory and Editorial Boards we have eminent poets and writers from all over the world. We have published a number of journals, newsletters, poetry collections and other books, including The Second Genesis: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry, which features work by Enfield poet, Anthony Fisher.


  1. When do you meet? I have lived in Enfield since 2001 and write and perform poetry, usually with a ukulele. I am the MC and resident poet for Islington Folk Club, John Hegley is a member. I also sing at the Wonder session and with SOUP or RUG ukulele groups. In the distant past I visited Salisbury House one Saturday night which clashed with Strictly. All the Best Bernard Puckett bernard.puckett@which.net

    1. Dear Bernard,
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We meet on the first Saturday of each month. There is no meeting in January. Our next session is on Saturday February 3rd at 7.30pm. Further details on the ‘Readings’ page of the website: http://www.enfieldpoets.com. We look forward to meeting you and hearing you perform. Best wishes,
      Alan Murray.

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