Recent Events

8th July:

Literary Quiz with prizes

The prizes will take the form of tokens redeemable against purchases in the Oxfam Bloomsbury bookshop shop to the following values: £40 for the winning team, £25 for second place, £15 for third place. All tokens must be redeemed on 8th July after the quiz. Only £2 per person to enter. Starts 7pm.

1st July:

Ali Smith and Jackie Kay. Start time 19.00

24th June:

Bernardine Evaristo, Cherry Smyth. Start time 18.45

20th May:

Shanta AcharyaMichael Horovitz, and Judy Gahagan. Start time 18.45

Shanta Acharya was born and educated in Orissa, India; she won a scholarship to Oxford where she completed her doctoral thesis before going to Harvard University as a Visiting Scholar. Later, she joined Morgan Stanley Asset Management in London and has worked in the asset management sector since. She was an Executive Director at London Business School from 2002-2008. An internationally published poet, her five books of poetry are Dreams That Spell The Light (Arc Publications, UK; 2010), Shringara (Shoestring Press, UK; 2006), Looking In, Looking Out (Headland Publications, UK; 2005), Numbering Our Days’ Illusions (Rockingham Press, UK; 1995) and Not This, Not That (Rupa & Co, India; 1994). Her doctoral study, The Influence of Indian Thought on Ralph Waldo Emerson, was published by The Edwin Mellen Press, USA, in 2001.

Michael Horovitz was born in 1935 in Frankfurt, the youngest of 10 children whose parents brought the family to England in 1937. Michael has been an artist in many media for most of his life, notably literature, visual arts, singer-songwriting and other musics. In 1980 he launched the Poetry Olympics festivals. His poetry publications in print include Midsummer Morning Jog Log (1986, illustrated by Peter Blake), Wordsounds & Sightlines (1994 and 2001, cover by David Hockney), and A New Waste Land: Timeship Earth at Nillennium (2007), all available via He is currently fronting the William Blake Klezmatrix Band which brings Blake’s words together with klezmer & jazz poetry.

Judy Gahagan has worked as an academic psychologist, teacher, journalist and ballet school pianist. She has also been a tutor in Psychology and Social Sciences for the Open University in Rome and is currently a tutor for The Poetry School, London. Judy’s published two poetry pamphlets: Ghosting The Cities and When The Whole Mood Changed (Artemis); three full collections: Crossing The No-Man’s Land (Flambard), Night Calling (Enitharmon); The Secret Frontiers (Enitharmon); and a collection of short stories Did Gustav Mahler Ski? (New Directions, New York). Forthcoming in a bi- lingual edition with Ingeborg Santor is Tours Around The Soul of Ludwig, a verse biography of Ludwig 11 of Bavaria (Schutz Verlag, Passau).

dscf2950v2med_cropped.jpgAN EVENING WITH BEN OKRI

Booker Prize Winner Ben Okri read from his new
novel ‘Starbook‘ to help raise much needed funds
for Oxfam. There was lively informal question and
answer session, and signed copies of his much
awaited book were available on the night.



Jane Weir Angela Cleland

Jane Weir and Angela Cleland read from their new collections



James Harpur

Anvil Press launched James Harpur’s two new books: his own poems on love, birth, death and the spiritual quest and his translations of poems by the 6th century Roman philosopher Boethius, dealing with the nature of justice, the problem of evil, and the workings of Fortune and free will.

Enquiries to Anvil Press Tel. 0208 469 3033


Martina Evans

The London Irish author of three novels and three collections of poetry. Her poems combine the poet’s ability to refine with the novelist’s gift for creating compelling narratives and capturing conversational idiosyncrasies.

Enquiries to Anvil Press Tel. 0208 469 3033


GBS Theatre
RADA (foyer bar entrance)
Malet Street
London WC1E 7JN

writLOUD is Birkbeck’s showcase for new literature, organised
in partnership with the Oxfam Bookshop. Each event features
new and established writers reading from their work.