White like milk, like small stars. Wood anemone.
Tuesday 4 July 2017 | The Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room hosts guest poets Colin Sutherill and Rhiannon Hooson, with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £3 in the hat as you go in.
Saturday 1 July 2017 | ‘Writing Ludlow’ poetry workshop at Ludlow Fringe – I’ll be leading a walk round medieval Ludlow, then guiding writing in a workshop afterwards. 10.30am – 12 noon at The Sitting Room, Blue Boar, Ludlow. Book via Ludlow Fringe here. £15
Tuesday 2 May 2017 | The Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room hosts guest poets Roz Goddard & Gareth Owen, with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £3 in the hat as you go in.
Wednesday 5 April 2017 | Vanguard Readings @Sitting Room, Ludlow – the fabulous Vanguard Readings is on tour! Guest readers Jean Atkin, Steve Griffiths, Rhiannon Hooson, Chris Kinsey, James Sheard and Richard Skinner. 7.30pm, free entry!
Tuesday 7 March 2017 | The Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room hosts guest poets Steve Pottinger & Chris Kinsey, with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £3 in the hat as you go in.
Tuesday 3 January 2017 | The Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room hosts guest poets Claire Walker & Matt Black, with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £3 in the hat as you go in.
Saturday 3 December 2016 | Reading with Meg Cox and Kirsty Clarke at A Pie, A Pint & A Poem at Yarpole St. Leonard’s Church, 12 noon – 2pm.
Friday 11 November 2016 | NAWE Conference: together with Liz Hyder, as The Wordshoppers, I’m running a workshop ‘The Washing Line’ – more here.
Friday 4 November 2016 | Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, I’m reading with Jacqueline Saphra, Annie Freud and Ethan Saphra, 7pm, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh. More here.
Tuesday 1 November 2016 | The Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room hosts guest poets Sophie McKeand, David Olsen and Bethany Rivers, with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £3 in the hat as you go in.
Thursday 6 October 2016 | Poetry Swindon Festival, 2pm-4pm, Richard Jefferies Museum – I will be leading Mapping into Landscapes of the Mind, a workshop inspired by nature/eco poetry at a time of change – join me to explore your head, your memory, and the world! Afterwards, at 3.30pm I’ll be giving a guest reading alongside Cliff Yates and Wendy Klein – click here for more.
Saturday 17 September 2016 | Spark Young Writers, Telford – I’ll be leading this group every month till June 2017 for Writing West Midlands. This group is for 8-11s – if you’re interested in Spark Young Writers there’s more here.
14 September 2016 start | The Life of Things – a face to face poetry course for The Poetry School in Manchester. 5 weekly sessions on Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm – follow the link here.
Tuesday 6 September 2016 | The Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room hosts guest poets Rennie Parker, Thirza Clout and Deborah Alma, with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £3 in the hat as you go in.
Saturday 13 August 2016 | The Crow House at Castle Books, Castle Square, Ludlow. I’ll be in the bookshop to sign copies of ‘The Crow House’, tell how it came to be written, and hint at the scary bits.
Thursday 11 August | Great Malvern’s Revolting Rhymes : a mischievous poetry workshop for 7-11s, inspired by Roald Dahl and Malvern’s famous residents and places. 1.30pm – 3pm.
Monday 11 July 2016 | Poetry Night in Presteigne, 7.30 @TheRad – I’ll be reading with Rhiannon Hooson.
Tuesday 5 July 2016 | The Poetry Lounge at The Sitting Room hosts guest poets Naomi Paul and Andrew Fusek Peters, with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £2 in the hat as you go in.
Saturday 11 June 2016 | Welshpool Poetry Festival – I will be leading As the Crow Flies, a children’s workshop at 2.30pm, then reading in Welshpool’s ‘grand evening of Poetry laced with music’, alongside Gillian Clarke and others.
Tuesday 7 June 2016 | Finding Treasure – a unique evening of archaeology and poetry at The Sitting Room, Blue Boar, Ludlow. Finding Treasure is about what detectorists dig up and how poets respond. Slideshow, poetry readings, talk from Peter Reavill of British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme. Starts 7.30pm, £5 on the door.
Tuesday 3 May 2016 | The Poetry Lounge at The Sitting Room hosts guest poets Jake Campbell and Claire Leavey with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £2 in the hat as you go in.
Saturday 23 April 2016 | Featured Poet 3pm The Poetry Busk, Wenlock Poetry Festival, Busk Marquee on the Festival Green. The Poetry Busk is 12-5pm Sat and Sun, £5 for all day ticket and hosted by Liz Lefroy!
Friday 18 March 2016 | Border Poets Reading : I’m reading with five other members of the Border Poets at ‘The Nettle Trick’, St. Michael’s Village Hall, Tenbury Wells, 7.30. £4.50 includes a glass of wine.
Tuesday 1 March 2016 | The Poetry Lounge at The Sitting Room hosts guest poets David Calcutt and Ruth Stacey with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £2 in the hat as you go in.
Monday 29 February to Friday 5 March 2016 | Arvon Learning & Participation schools week at The Hurst – I’m tutoring this with Jonny Zucker.
Friday 5 February 2016 | Finding Treasure – I’m leading a Poetry Workshop at Ludlow Library, in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. 10.30-12.30, £16 (includes real coffee, tea, nice biscuits). Book here.
Saturday 30 January 2016 | Wenlock Poetry Festival Poet in Residence Handover Party 7.30pm at Wenlock Pottery, a night of poetry from our 2015 Poet in Residence Jean Atkin, and Wenlock Poetry Festival’s new incumbent, Paul Francis. With bar, and WPF tickets on sale.
Tuesday 5 January 2016 | The Poetry Lounge at The Sitting Room hosts guest poets Lesley Ingram and Kathleen Quinlan with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £2 in the hat as you go in.
Monday 7 December 2015 | The Library Toolkit (West Midlands Readers Network) Dudley Archives and Local History Centre: I’ll be running a workshop specially for librarians about Readers in Residence in libraries, and then a fun creative writing workshop.
Tuesday 3 November 2015 | The Poetry Lounge at The Sitting Room hosts guest poets Liz Lefroy, and The Border Poets, with marvellous open mic talent as ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, £2 in the hat as you go in.
Saturday 3 October 2015 | Poetry Swindon Festival Battered Moons Winners event 8pm – 9:30pm. I’ll be reading my Commended poem from this year’s Battered Moons Competition judged by Pascale Petit.
Thursday 1 October 2015 | READING as guest poet for Shrewsbury Poetry Night. Shrewsbury Poetry Old Post Office, Milk Street, 7.30.
Thursday 17 September 2015 | for six weeks – 10.30am to 12.30pm – a series of six workshops ‘In The Museum Vaults’ – I’m leading six poetry and creative writing workshops exploring the catalogued, bottled and taxidermied past, housed in the climate-controlled stores of Ludlow Museum Resource Centre. More here. £55 for all 6 workshops, incl refreshments. Book firstname.lastname@example.org or 01743 258881/258884.
Tuesday 1st September 2015 | The Poetry Lounge at The Sitting Room hosts guest poets John Hegley and Ian McEwen, with marvellous open mic talent as per ever. In The Blue Boar, Ludlow, 7 for 7.30 start, tickets £5 in advance. Click here for more info and how to buy!
Saturday 18 July 2015 | Workshop day ‘Writing Down The Dingle’ 10.30 – 3.30. Jean will lead this workshop focused on writing about place at Gleanings Centre, Gravels Bank, Minsterley, Shropshire SY5 0HG. To book email jean[at]wordsparks.co.uk. More here.
Friday 12 June 2015 | Friends of Conakry Refugee School Poetry Night, guest poets Liz Lefroy, Jean Atkin, Deb Alma, Steve Harrison & Paul Francis, plus open mic. The Pottery, Much Wenlock, £7.
Tuesday 7 July 2015 | The Poetry Lounge in The Sitting Room, The Blue Boar, 52 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1BB with Guest Poets Nadia Kingsley and Keith Chandler, plus Open Mic. £2 on the door. Please note new venue!
Thursday 4 June 2015 | Fire River Poets Prizewinners’ Evening 8pm – 10pm, United Reformed Church Hall, Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3PF. I get to read my winning poem and a set!
Friday 29 May 2015 | A Benefit Reading for Nepal’s Earthquake Survivors, guest poets Jean Atkin & Liz Lefroy plus open mic. Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, 7pm, £5.
Thursday 21 May 2015 | Remember Me Day at The Courtyard, Hereford, reading for In The Pink poets, reflecting work with people living with dementia.
Tuesday 5 May 2015 | The Poetry Lounge in The Sitting Room, Upper Galdeford, Ludlow, SY8 1QD, 7pm for 7.30pm, £2 on the door. Guest Poets: Gavin Owen and Sarah James plus open mic.
Thursday 30th April 2015 | READING at Cheltenham Poetry Festival, 6pm-7pm, The Strand, £7/£4. With Tricia Torrington and Bill Holloway.
Sunday 26th April 2015 | Wenlock Poetry Festival Finale 8pm – Jean will read alongside Imtiaz Dharker and the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
Sunday 26th April 2015 | Roz Goddard will host ‘An Audience with Jean Atkin, Poet in Residence’ at Wenlock Poetry Festival.
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April | LUCK’S WEIGHT exhibition at Wenlock Poetry Festival Over the festival weekend, Priory Hall will host a collaborative exhibition of Jean’s poems and photographs by Andrew Fusek Peters. The work explores the unique environment of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in Shropshire: a beautiful place farmed using only horsepower alongside traditional skills and tools. ‘Luck’s Weight’ pamphlets for sale!
Saturday 11th April 2015 | As part of her Reader in Residence project, Jean’s organised a Readers’ Day at Southwater Library, Telford – a FREE day of reading celebrations, featuring workshops from Birmingham writer William Gallagher, pop-up poetry readings from The Escalator Poets, aka Shrewsbury Stanza, a Story Walk with Jake Evans – and Jean will be there all day, typing on her vintage typewriter – do interrupt and help to write a Giant Southwater Poem…
Monday 23rd March 2015 | As Southwater’s Reader in Residence, Jean will be leading ‘Lost Keys & Fading Photographs’, a free creative writing workshop at Southwater Library, Telford.
1pm – 3pm. Please book at 01952 382915, places are limited.
Saturday 21st March 2015 | Jean will be leading a World Poetry Day Workshop for Wenlock Poetry Festival, 10am to 12.30pm at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Places are limited – you need to book! £18 (includes tea, coffee and biscuits). Places are limited so booking is essential. Please email email@example.com
Monday 16th March 2015 | Guest Speaker at The Creative Ageing Forum at The Courtyard, Hereford. Jean will be discussing her experience of working as a poet on placements with nursing homes through the ‘In The Pink’ project. 6.30pm – 8pm. Places are free but bookable.
Monday 9th March 2015 | READING at Red Parrot Poetry, The Wine Bar, Presteigne, 7.30pm.
Thursday 11 December 2014 | READING Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 4 Launch at 6/8 Kafé, 6/8 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5HG. 7pm to 9.30pm, £3. I’ll be reading with Jo Bell, Roy Marshall, Jacqui Rowe, Lucy Jeynes, Ted Eames, David Calcutt and Penny Rogers.
Thursday 14 August 2014 | READING – guest poet at Mid Wales Poetry Open Mic Evening. 8pm, admission £3. Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, Powys SY17 5SB
Saturday 19 July 2014 | READING at ‘Poems for the Farm’, a celebratory event for the end of Jean’s residency at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, featuring poets who’ve contributed work to the project, the photography of Andrew Fusek Peters and new poems from Jean. 3pm, with complimentary cream tea, in the New Barn, Acton Scott. Tickets are free but must be booked jean[at]wordsparks.co.uk or phone 01694 781307.
Sunday 13 July 2014 | READING at Ledbury Poetry Festival ‘Rooms, Places, Spaces’. With Myra Schneider and Deborah Alma at the Feathers Hotel. 3.30pm, click here for link.
Friday 20 June 2014 | READING at MIDSUMMER EVE POETRY EVENING, Westhope College, Craven Arms, SY7 9JL, with Jeff Phelps, Emma Pursehouse and Alan Wilson, plus open mics. 6.30pm for 7, tickets £5 from firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01584 861293
Thursday 19 June 2014 | READING at Poet’s Corner at The Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle, with readings and music from 8pm. If you want to book a meal for 7pm, call Bryan Podmore on 01588 620541.
Tuesday 13 May 2014 | READING at Poetry Alight in Lichfield.
Wednesday 30 April 2014 | READING at the Launch of ‘Heavenly Bodies’, Beautiful Dragons Press, at the Judges Lodgings, Lancaster, 7.30pm.
Sunday 27 April 2014 | READING at Wenlock Poetry Festival with Grey Hen Press, from the new anthology ‘Running Before The Wind’, with R V Bailey, June Hall, Lesley Ingram and Hermione Sandall. 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm £5.50 / £4.50.
Tuesday 11 March 2014 | READING at City Voices, Lych Gate Tavern, off Queen Square, Wolverhampton. Tickets on door £2.50, starts 7.30pm.
March 2014 | READINGS for Wenlock Poetry Festival Anthology Tour: Tuesday 4 March 7.30 at The Poetry Lounge in Ludlow; Monday 10 March 7.30 in The George and Dragon, Much Wenlock; Monday 31 March 7.30 in Housmans Bar, Church Stretton.
Thursday 6 February 2014 | READING alongside Rosie Shepperd and Katrina Naomi at Poetry Night at Shrewsbury Coffee House.
Thursday 28 November 2013 | READING for Walking With Poets at The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh 6.30pm. Entry only via RBGE Staff Offices at 20A Inverleith Row (look out for the flags!), Edinburgh EH3 5LR.
10 October 2013 | READING at Wenlock Poetry Breakfast 9am at Tea on the Square, Much Wenlock £5 includes coffee and croissants
5 October 2013 | READING ‘The Crow House’ on the Children’s Programme at Wigtown Book Festival, 10am.
Sunday 29 September 2013 | READING at Wigtown Book Festival: Silvana McLean with Jean Atkin, Margaret Elphinstone and Sally Magnusson ‘Migrations: In the Track of the North Wind’. £6
Saturday 28 September – 3 November | EXHIBITION ‘Drawing a Voice’, at Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, including work from ‘Voyage of the Discovery’ with artist Catriona Taylor and ‘The Henkeeper’s Almanac’, with artist Pamela Grace. Free.
16 – 27 September 2013 | RESIDENCY at Cove Park as part of Walking With Poets.
Sunday 1 September | READING ‘The Dark Farms’ at Environmental Arts Festival Scotland (EAFS) 5pm at the Festival Yurt, SNH Cairnsmore of Fleet Reserve Office, Dromore Farm, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2BP.
AUGUST 2013 | POET IN RESIDENCE at Logan Botanic Garden, as part of Scottish Poetry Library’s Walking with Poets project.