Events in 2023

wildfire words presents free international Zoom events to launch new books, celebrate our competition winners, and record audio of poems published in our ezine. Places can be booked in advance, and the link to each event will be emailed as soon as a ticket is ordered.

Also listed here are events that we believe are likely to be of interest to poets in the wildfire words community, such as workshops by leading poets.

Recent events list

Forthcoming events

Saturday 8 April 2023, 11 am or 7 pm London Time (GMT)

Two audio recording events for published poets on Zoom

These recording events are provided mainly for poets who submitted successfully, and are published, in our current submission window or the one before it. However, any poet who has a poem published on wildfire words, but without audio, may also book a place.

Choosing one of these events gives a poet in any time zone a reasonable chance of conveniently recording their work and hearing other poets in the global wildfire words community share their work. Places to read are free of charge, though poets may choose to donate to the sustainability of the wildfire words community if they wish.

Saturday 6 May 2023, 11 am or 7 pm London Time (GMT)

Two audio recording events for published poets on Zoom

These recording events are provided mainly for poets who submitted successfully, and are published, in April Foolery & Mirthful May. However, any poet who has a poem published on wildfire words, but without audio, may also book a place.

Choosing one of these events gives a poet in any time zone a reasonable chance of conveniently recording their work and hearing other poets in the global wildfire words community share their work. Places to read are free of charge, though poets may choose to donate to the sustainability of the wildfire words community if they wish.

Recent events

Tuesday 28 March 2023, 7 pm London Time (GMT)

Cheltenham Poetry Festival online event
Saili Katebe, Sarah Mnatzaganian and open mic

The Festival is delighted to welcome two hugely talented poets to its poetry lounge. Saile Katebe makes a welcome return to the Festival and award-winning Sarah Mnatzaganian makes her ​debut.

Saili Katebe is a Zambian-born writer and performer based in South West England. He often writes under the pen name The Blissful Nomad. Saili’s debut book Katabasis was published by Frosted Fire in 2022. Read more on Saili Katebe and his book.

Sarah Mnatzaganian is an Anglo Armenian poet based in Ely.  Her debut book, Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter (Against the Grain Poetry Press) won the Saboteur Best Poetry Pamphlet Award 2022.

Saturday 18 March 2023, 11 am or 7 pm London Time (GMT)

Two audio recording events for published poets on Zoom

These recording events are provided mainly for poets who submitted successfully, and are published, in our current submission window or the one before it. However, any poet who has a poem published on wildfire words, but without audio, may also book a place.

Choosing one of these events gives a poet in any time zone a reasonable chance of conveniently recording their work and hearing other poets in the global wildfire words community share their work. Places to read are free of charge, though poets may choose to donate to the sustainability of the wildfire words community if they wish.

Saturday 11 February, 11 am or 7 pm London Time (GMT)

Two audio recording events for published poets on Zoom

These recording events are provided mainly for poets who submitted successfully, and are published, in our current submission window or the one before it. However, any poet who has a poem published on wildfire words, but without audio, may also book a place.

Choosing one of these events gives a poet in any time zone a reasonable chance of conveniently recording their work and hearing other poets in the global wildfire words community share their work. Places to read are free of charge, though poets may choose to donate to the sustainability of the wildfire words community if they wish.

Saturday 28 January 2023, 7 pm London Time (GMT)

C.I. Marshall launches The Locksmith Journeys Into The Afterlife free on Zoom

“By turns invitingly conversational and transportingly inventive, C. I. Marshall has the keenest powers of inner and outer observation . . . The beloved dead speak, a dog tells of its genealogy, a busker transports us to another continent or metaphysical realm; incandescently imaginative. . . An intensely musical, narrative joy from poem to poem.”  Luke Kennard

Samples of C.I.’s poetry

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