Sue Dymoke

Poetry: Write, Read, Perform, Listen, Teach

Performances and events


November 30th 2019: Poetry Place writing workshop at Beeston Library 11.30 – 1pm. In this experimental, place-based writing workshop you will try out different ways of creating poetry focused on Beeston. You will draw on a selection of images and written sources from the local history collection, other ‘found’ Beeston-related materials and your own experiences of the town. You will need to bring an open mind, a notebook and a pen. Play with words and share some of your draft poems with other writers from the group in a supportive workshop environment. Booking at:  For any other enquiries phone 01623 677 200 or email 

February 15th 2020: DNA Poetry: writing about science and the natural world: Bromley House Library, Nottingham. Our collaborative DNA Time poetry experiment, with Pietro Roversi, poet and structural biologist, explored the complexities of DNA structures. In 2019, our work was featured and discussed on BBC Radio 4’s The Art of Now. In this session, I will talk about my poetry, read from my latest collection and explore how I engage with science and the natural world in my writing.

Previous events this year… 

October 17th 2019: Slow Dancer Press celebrations. I’ll be reading at The Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place London with the incomparable John Harvey (editor and publisher) and other Slow Dancer poets at The Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place W1T 1JB. It’s sure to be a good night so do come along. Capacity is limited so make sure you book a free ticket first at eventbrite. Readings start at 7pm. Readings from 10 Slow Dancer writers including Matthew Caley, Libby Houston, Rebecca Goss and Peter Sansom.

August 1st 2019: I read some poems about Stanley Middleton at the launch event for Poetry and Old Age (Stanley’s selected poems published by Shoestring Press) at Sherwood Library 11.30 – 12.30. This lovely event was followed by the unveiling of a plaque at Stanley’s former home in Caledon Road.

Spring 2019:  Poetry and Place: How do three poets write about near and far-flung places? Tuesday April 30th  6.30 – 8pm  at Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH. Alan Baker, Sue Dymoke and Aly Stoneman read poems about near and far-flung places and talk about the place of place in their poetry.  £3 including refreshments. Buy tickets on the door or reserve in the bookshop/by emailing

Alan Baker is the editor of Leafe Press. His latest collections are Letters from the Underworld (Red Ceilings) and Riverrun (KFS), a sequence of poems about the river Trent. Sue Dymoke’s third full collection What They Left Behind was published by Shoestring Press in 2018. Aly Stoneman is currently writing about sea-level rise and erosion on the British coast. She is a PhD researcher at Nottingham Trent University, sponsored by the AHRC and Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Autumn 2018: Beeston Library on Thurs 29th Nov 6.30pm (with Shoestring Publisher John Lucas). Info about the Beeston reading and Beeston writing workshop can be found here: Beeston_for_web_with_HLF_logos(1).

WINTER 2018 -19: Thinking Like a Poet poetry writing workshops at Beeston Library on Tues 11th Dec (6.30 – 8pm)  and Mansfield Library on Sat 2nd Feb 2019 (11.30am -1pm). To launch the new collection What They Left Behind, I’m reading with fellow Shoestring poet Jonathan Taylor and Poetry Business pamphlet winner Becky Cullen at Nottingham’s lovely Five Leaves Bookshop 7 – 8.30 pm on Thurs 4th Oct. This is a free event. Other readings:

  • The Exchange, 50 Rutland Street, Leicester on Weds 17th Oct. 6.30pm (with Jonathan Taylor).
  • The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street London WC2H 9BX on Friday 26th Oct, 8 – 10.30pm (with Jonathan Taylor, Ruth O’Callaghan, music and voices from the floor). Admission £8/£6.
  • Beeston Library on Thurs 29th Nov 6.30pm (with Shoestring Publisher John Lucas).

‘Finding and Keeping Poetry’, Keynote speaker at 50 Years since Dartmouth Symposium, 26th June 2016 (during NATE Conference, Stratford upon Avon, UK). Source: NATE Annual Conference 2016 – The Harold Rosen Lecture | Online Registration by Cvent

  • Reading new poems at Shindig, The Western, Western Road, Leicester, 21st March 2016, 7.30pm
  • Jazz and Poetry Nottingham: Mahindra Solanki and Sue Dymoke with Four in The Bar, 8th October 2014. The Guitar Bar, Hotel Deux, Clumber Road, Nottingham From 8.30 till late.


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