Hosted annually by The Poetry Hub and Bath Spa Live, the Stand-up Poetry Reading series has invited more than one hundred high profile poets to come and read in the city of Bath.
The very popular series establishes poetry in the local community and forges strong links between Bath-area arts and the university. Undergraduate assessment is tied to the series as a means of ensuring students recognise and appreciate the public responsibilities of being a professional poet. The Bath Spa Stand-Up Poetry Series has been phenomenally successful in promoting the university, giving us a reputation as a first rate networking base, providing the right sort of literary hospitality, and for introducing ambitious young student-poets to the public role of the contemporary poet.
2016/17 poetry series
- 27 October 2016, Melissa Lee-Houghton
- 29 November 2016 (to be rescheduled), Daljit Nagra
- 21 February 2017, Andrew McMillan
- 4 April 2017, Denise Riley
- 4 May 2017, Sarah Howe
- 2 February 2017, Nick Field
- 11 May 2017, Malaika Kegode
Over a hundred British and American poets have been invited to read for the series since its beginning.
The poets have included:
Jean Sprackland; Michael Symmons Roberts; Paul Farley; Caroline Bird; Sasha Dugdale; Katha Pollitt; Gerard Woodward; Sarah Jackson; Jane Yeh; Christopher Reid; Jill Bialosky; Cole Swenson; Sean Borodale; Vahni Capildeo; Forrest Gander; Ahren Warner; Julia Copus; Dennis Nurkse; Ian Duhig; Geraldine Monk; Samantha Wynn Rhydderch; Lytton Smith; Neil Rollinson; Melissa Lee-Houghton; Matthew Francis; Bill Herbert; Paul Bachelor; Alan Jenkins; Glyn Maxwell; Andrew McMillan; Jane Draycott; Mimi Khalvati; John Burnside; Richard Price; Moniza Alvi; Alan Brownjohn; Peter Porter; Kate Clanchy; Tim Clare; Kate Bingham; David Harsent; Tim Liardet; Jennifer Militello; Lee Harwood; Philip Gross; Deryn Rees Jones; Kathleen Jamie; Kathryn Gray; David Morley; Michael Schmidt; John Kinsella; Polar Bear; Tiffany Atkinson; Les Murray; Robert Gray; David Morley; Rachel Pantechnicon; Lucy English; Matt Harvey; Robert Minhinnick; Bernard O’Donoghue; Carrie Etter; Patrick McGuinness; Harriet Tahlo; Penelope Shuttle; Greta Stoddart; Zoe Brigley. Zoë Skoulding; George Szirtes; Carole Watts; Jane Weir; Matthew Sweeney; Michel Boisseau; Elaine Feinstein; Anne Marie Fyfe; Hilary Menos; Pascale Petit; Naomi Foyle; Hugo Williams; Sean O’Brien; Tony Williams; Jacob Sam Le Rose; Gwyneth Lewis; and Claire Crowther.