The Enfield Poets exist to give a platform to local poets with a chance to try out their work in front of a friendly and sympathetic audience and to enjoy listening to and learning something from a guest poet.

We are pleased to announce that several events are planned for 2020:


Saturday, 7th March 2020


Derek Adams is a professional photographer, born in London, now living in Suffolk. He has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths and his poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK and abroad including Rialto, Magma, Smith’s Knoll and London Grip. His most recent collection is EXPOSURE – Snapshots from the life of Lee Miller,(Dempsey &Windle, 2019). Other publications include Everyday Objects, Chance Remarks and pamphlets Postcards to Olympus and Unconcerned but not indifferent: the life of Man Ray. He was BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year in 2006.

Penny Dopson lives in Hertford Heath, just outside Hertford, with her husband who is a classic car enthusiast. She is a published poet and has attended Frances Wilson’s writing classes regularly for many years. She also attends Barnet Writers’ workshops led by Katherine Gallagher. She belongs to Ware Poets and reads regularly from the floor. She meets up with a friend for writing lunches usually once a month to encourage and critique their poetry. Penny has a first collection published by Rockingham Press 2018, which reflects her wide variety of interests and where she hopes to catch something of the transience of life.

We start at 7.30 p.m. with Poets from the Floor, and end by 10 p.m. Admission £3.50, Concessions £2.50.


Saturday, 1st February 2020


LONDON GRIP is a wholly independent on-line venue, a cultural omnibus providing intelligent reviews of current shows and events, well argued articles on the widest range of topics, an exhibition space for cross-media arts and an in-house poetry magazine with its own editor. This evening we welcome four poets introduced by MIKE BARTHOLOMEW BIGGS, author and poet, who, together with Nancy Mattson, organizes Poetry in the Crypt in Islington.

Carol DeVaughn is an American-born prize-winning poet who has lived and worked in London since 1970, teaching English language and literature, practising T’ai Chi, working as a life class model, and reciting poems for charity. Her poetry is published in magazines, journals, anthologies and on-line. Her first collection, Life Class, was published by Oversteps Books in November 2018.

Josh Ekroy lives in London and has been writing in one genre or another all his life. His collection, Ways to Build a Roadblock , is published by Nine Arches Press. Poems have appeared in anthologies such as The Forward Anthology and Best of British Poetry (Salt). He has won the Guernsey Poetry Competition, among others.

Stuart Handysides is fast forgetting former lives in general practice and medical editing. His poems have appeared in anthologies as well as London Grip New Poetry, The North, Pennine Platform, Presence and South magazines, and has been shortlisted in several competitions. He is a member of Enfield Poets and Ware Poets, organising their poetry competition for several years.

Rosemary Norman was born in London and has worked mainly as a librarian. Shoestring Press published her third collection, For Example, in 2016. With video artist Stuart Pound, she makes films with poems as image, soundtrack and sometimes both. See them on Vimeo.

We start at 7.30 p.m. with Poets from the Floor, and end by 10 p.m. Admission £3.50, Concessions £2.50.


Saturday, 7th December 2019

Giovanna Iorio

Enfield Poets’ “anything goes” Christmas Evening where poets are able to read a (hopefully vaguely seasonal) poem by any author – not just their own – and have extra time for socialising and refreshments.
Our guest this evening is GIOVANNA IORIO, an eclectic artist who combines photography, sound, poetry and prose in her work. She has lived in Dublin, Turin, Glasgow and England. Giovanna has collaborated with internationally rewarded artists and musicians looking for synergies and experimenting with different languages. She is founder of the Poetry Sound Library, an interactive map to listen to poets from present and past on a world map. Giovanna will be showing beautiful and colourful artistic works representing the spoken word accompanied by live or recorded poems of Enfield Poets. Her most recent exhibition is Voice Portraits at the Lexi Cinema, London, which runs from 26th November, 2019, to 9th January, 2020. Her latest publication is Ora Rischiara (EscaMontage, 2019). Her poems have been translated into English, French, Polish, Russian, Spanish and German and have been featured in many anthologies including 100 Thousand Poets for a Change (Albeggi), Cuore di preda (CFR) and Signor No (SEAM).

Giovanna’s poems received the 2016 and 2017 Civetta Minerva Award, the 2016 Fara Editore Award and the Saddardi International Literary Prize 2018.

We start at 7.30 p.m. with Poets from the Floor, and end by 10 p.m. Admission £3.50, Concessions £2.50.


Saturday, 2nd November 2019

Anna Meryt and Jack Cooper

Anna Meryt has two published poetry collections: Dolly Mix and Heartbroke (review Gold Dust Literary magazine). In 2011, she won First Prize in the Lupus International Poetry Competition for her poem “Bulawayo” about her birth place in Zimbabwe. In 2017 she co-edited the 28th Highgate Poets’ Anthology Naming the Clouds and also organised a Poetry and Music Evening to celebrate Highgate Poets 40th Birthday.(
Anna has published A Hippopotamus at the Table, a memoir, in 2015, and Writing Memoir. How to Write a Story From Your Life in 2018, based on her writing and teaching. She is a regular performance poet on the London circuit, most recently Downstairs at the King’s Head, Crouch End.
She is also the facilitator for Highgate Poets ( and organises many poetry and music evenings, for example, the Finchley Literary Festival.
Her poem “Catching the Breeze” was poem of the month in July 2019, featured in the window of the Dugdale Centre.

A member of Highgate Poets, Jack Cooper has been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition and shortlisted in the New Poets prize. His poetry has appeared in publications such as ASH, The Isis and Young Poets’ Network. Recently he has been invited to read at The Poetry Café and Torriano Meeting House.

He is undertaking a PhD in embryonic cell migration at the University of Warwick and can be found on Twitter (@JackCooper666) and Instagram (@jackcooper0696).

We start at 7.30 p.m. with Poets from the Floor, and end by 10 p.m. Admission £3.50, Concessions £2.50.


Saturday, 5th October 2019

Ruth Hanchett and Jocelyn Simms

A first for Enfield Poets in that we have two launches on the same evening! Ruth Hanchett will be reading her new pamphlet Some Effects of Brilliance and Jocelyn Simms her new collection Tickling the Dragon.

We start at 7.30 p.m. with Poets from the Floor, and end by 10 p.m. Admission £3.50, Concessions £2.50.


Saturday, 7th September 2019

The Enfield Stanza Group

As the start to a new, exciting season of poetry, Enfield Poets are pleased to welcome the Enfield Stanza Group, who are part of the National Poetry Society. They will be introduced by local lead member and well known poet, Mary Duggan. Enfield Stanza is an exciting platform offering challenges and critical analysis. A free forum for local poets and their original poetry. Many are published poets. Meeting monthly most of the year they welcome membership requests. Their voices can be heard within an active “bardic” itinerary at local festivals, exhibitions and theatre etc.

We start at 7.30 p.m. with Poets from the Floor, and end by 10 p.m. Admission £3.50, Concessions £2.50.


8th June – 8th July 2019

Where Word Meets Art: A Community Collage Exhibition at the Dugdale Centre

Opened by Enfield Mayor, Cllr. Kate Anolue and Enfield Poet Mary Duggan

See the ‘Pop Art’ and vibrant random thoughts from the community, selected and made at events throughout the borough. They carry surprising messages from all ages using the pre-cut words and images, from Mary Duggan’s borough wide free workshops. A constellation of creativity from cut out material.

The exhibition opens at 2pm on Saturday 8th June and will run until 8th July, 10am-6pm.

To see this FREE vibrant community exhibition visit the recreated ‘Museum area’ on the 1st floor at the Dugdale Centre (lift access from the foyer area).


Saturday, 1st June 2019

Sonia Jarema and Derrick Porter

Sonia Jarema is a poet, writer, learning support assistant self-employed gardener and mother of two. She was born in Luton to Ukrainian parents and some of her poems reflect her Ukrainian heritage. Her poems have been published in Stand,The North, South Bank Poetry, South, Envoi and The Interpreter’s House as well as on-line in London Grip and Litworld2. Her novel was longlisted for the Penguin WriteNow program in 2016-17. This evening will celebrate her pamphlet Inside the Blue House which was published earlier this year by Palewell Press.

Derrick Porter grew up in Hoxton and why he began to write poetry at the age of 13 is one of Life’s mysteries as he has no memory of hearing the word during the three years he attended school. Since then he has followed a path of progression which has led to his being published in Magma, Acumen,The Interpreter’s House,The New Writer, Brittle Star, Poetry Review,The Long Poem Magazine and in two anthologies. He has just finished his second collection The Art of Timing from which he will be reading some extracts.

We start at 7.30 p.m. with Poets from the Floor, and end by 10 p.m. Admission £3.50, Concessions £2.50.

July and August – Summer Break
Evenings will resume on September 7th


Saturday, 6th April 2019

Guest Poet will be Liz Berry.

Saturday, 2nd March 2019

The talented and versatile Highgate Poets led by Anna Meryt.

Saturday, 2nd February 2019

Nancy Mattson and Mike Bartholomew-Biggs

Nancy and Mike have hosted Poetry in the Crypt readings in Islington for twenty years but took a break in the autumn to finish their latest collections (both from Shoestring Press). They will be presenting extracts from Vision on Platform 2 (Nancy) and Poems in the Case (Mike) at an event organized by someone else!

Nancy Mattson was born and raised in Canada but has lived in this country since 1990. Her first poetry collection Maria Breaks her Silence was published in Canada and short-listed for the 1989 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poems frequently draw on memory, history and myth and she has published three further collection since coming to England.

Michael Bartholomew-Biggs is a retired mathematician who began writing poetry quite late in life but has managed to publish four full collections and several chapbooks mostly featuring narrative-based poems. Since 2011 he has been poetry editor of the on-line magazine London Grip.


We start at 7.30pm with Poets from the Floor, and end by 10pm. Admission £3.50, Concessions £2.50. 

Publicity sponsored by Fisher Research Ltd.

Poets in Residence at the Dugdale Centre. Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS


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