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Thursday, January 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 CAROLINE BIRD & CLARE MORRIS!

CAROLINE BIRD is a poet and playwright. Her 2020 collection, The Air Year, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2020 and was shortlisted for the Polari Prize and the Costa Prize. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award. A two-time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 and the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010. She was one of the five official poets at the 2012 London Olympics.

CLARE MORRIS is an internationally published writer, poet and spoken word artist, and was the 2022 Exeter Poetry Slam Champion. Intent on creating moments that matter for her audiences, her poetry is a joyful mix of styles, forms and experiences. Luke Kennard described her recently published pamphlet, There, as ‘absolutely beautiful.’ Both Clare’s debut poetry collection and her debut novel will be published in 2023, the former by Jawbone Press.

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, wine and snacks will be available at the event, in exchange for donations to the Library. Otherwise, feel free to bring your own!


Due to the rise in cases of Covid-19 and other respiratory infections, we will be gently encouraging audience members to wear face coverings. We will have these available on the door, or feel free to bring your own. We cannot compel anyone who attends to wear these, but anyone who chooses to do so will have our utmost appreciation.

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

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