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Poetry @ the PPL

Thursday, October 26

Welcome to the latest edition of POETRY@thePPL!

Located in the characterful and intimate space that is Plymouth Proprietary Library (inside half of a converted church hall), these events invite poets and fans of poetry alike to join us for an evening of reading, performing, and basking in the glow of the library’s mountain of books.

The evening will open its doors at 7PM for a 7:30 start, and will consist of two 25-minute open mic slots, followed by two performances from our guest poets of the evening. These will be interceded by a 10 minute break.

Entry to this event will be on a ‘pay what you decide’ basis, with a suggested donation of £5 per person. Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or on the door.

This event will feature the wonderful AMY ACRE & HANNAH TEMME!

AMY ACRE is a poet and freelance writer from London, and the editor of Bad Betty Press. Her pamphlets And They Are Covered in Gold Light (Bad Betty, 2019) and Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads (flipped eye, 2015) were each chosen as a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Her poem ‘every girl knows’ won the 2019 Verve Poetry Competition. She featured on The Last Dinosaur’s 2020 track, ‘In The Belly of a Whale’, streamed over 600,000 times on Spotify. In 2021, she wrote and recorded Radio 4’s The Ballad of the Bet—a BBC Pick of the Week. Her work has appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry London, The White Review, Poetry Wales, Ambit, PN Review, The Rialto, bath magg, DIVA and elsewhere. Her debut collection Mothersong was published by Bloomsbury in 2023.

HANNAH TEMME is a writer and spoken word performer based in Newquay. Her work explores the interconnectedness between femininity and the natural world, highlighting climate breakdown, and, like most poets, the cheery topic of mortality! She is also producer at SproutSpoken and works to create spaces for the development of local artists and the platforming of inspiring international performers to cultivate an artistic scene on the North Cornish coast.

Open Mic:

If you would like to take the stage, there will be slots available to book on the door, of five minutes each. The ten available slots will be drawn randomly from those who sign up on the night.


The Plymouth Proprietary Library is located at The Gables, St Barnabas Terrace, Stoke, Plymouth, PL1 5NN. The nearest car park is Stuart Road, and the venue is roughly a ten minute walk from Plymouth train station.


Plymouth Proprietary Library is fully wheelchair accessible, with step free access and a disabled bathroom. There is also accessible parking just outside the entrance. If you have accessibility needs, let us know, and we will do our utmost to accommodate them.


Teas, coffees, squash and snacks will be available at the event, in exchange for donations to the Library. Otherwise, feel free to bring your own alcoholic/soft drinks!


This event contains non-flash photography. Photos from the event will be shared on POETRY@thePPL social media and promotional materials. If you don’t want your photo to be taken/shared, please speak to Jonah, or the photographer on the night, and we will ensure this doesn’t happen.

Hosted, in the usual erratic and vaguely concerning fashion, by Jonah Corren.

This event is supported by Real Ideas Organisation’s Start Something Creative fund, and local authority funding from Stoke Ward’s councillor Jemima Laing.

Get tickets here.

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