Category Archives: Readings

Oxford Special: 17th August 2013

The next Fast Culture event will be at the Albion Beatnik Bookshop in Oxford on 17th August, 7.30pm. Entry is £2. It will feature:

James Brookes: winner of an Eric Gregory award, author of the ‘Sins of the Leopard’ (Salt Publishing) which was shortlisted in the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, and now longlisted in the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Amy Key: one third of The Shuffle night at the Poetry Café, editor of ‘Poems in Which’ and ‘The Great British Bard Off’, and author of upcoming collection ‘Luxe’ (Salt Publishing).

Charlotte Newman: author of Selected Poems (Annexe) and winner of Best Poetry Pamphlet at the Saboteur Awards 2013.

Claire Trévien: author of The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins), which is longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, co-editor of Sabotage Reviews, Verse Kraken, and co-organizer of Penning Perfumes.

Tori Truslow: sci-fi writer and co-editor of Verse Kraken, specially commended in the 2012 James White Award, currently running the queer track at new convention Nine Worlds.

James Webster: performance poetry editor at Sabotage Reviews. His first solo show ’50 shades of Webster’ debuted at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.


A workshop and a Review

Mary reading in November (that's James lurking in the background...)

The lovely James Webster, who came to read at our last two events, has posted a review of our November reading! You can find it here with a summary of each reader (what a memory!) He says some rather sweet things:

There’s something wonderfully quaint about Claire Trévien’s Beaconsfield based poetry night. Maybe it’s the gorgeous surroundings of the Royal Standard of England (oldest alehouse in England apparently) with its warren of low-ceilinged rooms. Maybe it’s the charmingly mixed audience, comprising all different ages and a mix of locals and visitors. Maybe it’s Claire’s glittering hosting. It’s a very relaxed, supportive and fun environment in which to enjoy some poetry.

Summary: a fun, welcoming and moving night, with plenty of different voices, in a warm and inviting venue. If you feel like venturing out to the sticks for some poetry, definitely check it out.

A reminder: our next two events are on 24th and 30th April, and you can find more details below.

And! As if that weren’t enough, the fantastic Tori Truslow will be giving a workshop on Sunday 29th April, 2-4pm in the Reading Room, Old Beaconsfield. All ages and abilities are welcome and you should emerge from the session with a brand new piece of poetry you can share (should you dare!) at the open mic the following night. Booking for this event will open soon.

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Next Poetry Reading Date

Put this down in your diaries, the next poetry night will take place on Wednesday 11th January from 7.30pm onwards!

Featured poets are: Lucy Ayrton, Mark Burnhope, our very own Lily Morris, and Mark Waldron.

The theme will be Shipwrecked Poetry and, as always, there will be an open mic section after the readings.

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Fast Culture #1

Thank you to everyone who made it last night, I think it’s safe to say it was a beautifully textured evening in a very atmospheric room! Thank you so much to poets John McCullough, Emily Hasler and Caroline Crew, who braved a series of trains to make it to us. Let’s hope this is the first of a monthly gathering, I will keep you posted!

In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the evening though sadly none of the readings. If you want to be kept in the loop for future readings and/or have a special request for a particular poet, email me at and I’ll see what can be done!

Poet John McCullough before the reading

A blurry glimpse inside the room with poet Caroline Crew in the foreground!

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