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 2019:


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.


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, 2nd November 2019

Anna Meryt and Jack Cooper


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