March- poem ‘Pines’ in Finished Creatures, issue seven.
Invited to read at Five Leaves bookshop, Nottingham,  Monday 19th June, 7pm.


December- poem ‘Attachment Theory’ published in STRIX issue 8 and poem
‘Instant Karma’ included in Candlestick  Press anthology ‘Ten Poems of Hope’

June – Poem ‘Dragonfly’ published by Bad Lilies    
March- Article/poem ‘Desert Island War poems’ on The Friday Poem   
April – Delighted to join editorial board of the excellent Maytree Press.  
June – Shortlisted for Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition 


Oct – Reading at the Organ Grinder pub in Nottingham, Tuesday 5th October 

August – Two new poems published in The North issue 66
July- Poems online in Anthropocene and New Welsh Review  

June -Three Poems published in Finished Creatures Magazine issue 5 

May- Poem shortlisted for Plough Prize

April – Commended in The Rialto pamphlet competition 2020 for my entry ‘Sea Level’.
Two poems from that selection published in Rialto 95.

My poem ‘The Adoration’ commended in Buzzwords   2020 poetry comp

Two Poems published on ‘Wild Court’  

Poem longlisted in The National Poetry Competition, 2020


Poems in ‘The Butcher’s Dog’, ‘Finished Creatures’  ’14’ Magazine

February 12th. Launch of ‘After Montale’ Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham-  5pm.
March 21st – States of Independence, Leicester. Poetry in Translation, reading and discussion.- cancelled
July 5th- Ledbury Poetry Festival  – postponed 


Poems in 2019 -Rialto, Finished Creatures, STRIX, Butcher’s Dog, The High Window, The North,  Coast to Coast, The Manchester Review

November 17th, Five Leaves Bookshop, A celebration of Shoestring Press’s 25th anniversary. 4.30 to 6pm.
November 13th, The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Union Street, Burton Upon Trent DE14 1EB.
September 21st, Marsden Launch of Maytree Press Anthology
July 5th,
Leicester University. Reading at Borders and Crossings Conference.
June 25th,
The Butcher’s Dog Issue 11 London Launch, The Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James Street, 7pm
April 28th, Cheltenham Poetry Festival  
April 29th,
Finished Creatures magazine launch (issue 1) Apollo room, upstairs at the Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell Green, 7pm


Feb 11th – Buzzwords, Cheltenham
March 13th- Writers in The Bath, Sheffield.
April 19th – Peckham Pelican with Peter Raynard and Richard Skinner.
April 28th – Launch of The Fenland Reed, from 7pm,  The Babylon Arts Gallery, Ely
May 9th- Workshop with Melbourne writers Group.
June 28th-  WORD! with George Szirtes, Attenborough centre Leicester,  7.30pm – 10pm £7 / £4 concessions.
June 30th- Lowdham book festival with Jonathan Taylor (Shoestring Press hour)
July 26th – 7pm, Nottingham Poetry Society
July 27th  – 7.30pm Mexborough Business Centre, College Road,  Read to Write Poetry Festival.
August 18th  – Liverpool launch of Issue 4 of Coast to Coast to Coast in Liverpool
August 24th – Castle Donnington reading group
September 1st – Coventry Central Library
September 14th – Poet’s Café, Reading
November- 13th  7pm Guest at Launch of ‘The Near Future’ by Suzannah Evans, DINA Venue,  Sheffield


7th November-  Poetry Lounge, Ludlow
12th October- Launch of Butcher’s Dog issue 10, Newcastle.
July 28th, London Review Bookshop, launch of Magma 68
June 29th – With Richard Goodson  and Maria Taylor, Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham. Details here.
May 25th- Reading for Adult Learners week, Leicester Adult Education College, Library Café – 12.30 -1
May 23rd- Lichfield , Poetry Alight  – With Jane Commane.
May 10th –  with Kim Moore and Alison Brackenbury at WordPlay, Square Chapel Halifax.
April 25th– Poetry Wired, Nottingham Poetry Festival- with Jo Dixon
April 6th– Melbourne Writers workshop.
March 27thLeicester Shindig.
March 14th– Manchester Waterstones, Deansgate  6 -8 with Keith Hutson, Mihaela Moscaliuc and Michael Waters. Further details here
March 16th– London Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1 3QE.  6.30-8.30 Further details here 
March 11th –  Launch of ‘ The Great Animator’ –  1 pm at Leicester States of Independence,
January 3rdWords and Ears, Bradford on Avon. With Angela France.


October 27th–  Karva Café, Todmorden.
October 8th, Swindon Poetry Festival
October 3rd, Puzzel Hall Poets, Sowerby Bridge.
June 25th,  Ashbourne Festival, Poetry in the Garden.
28th April – Aurora Prize giving event, Nottingham.
May 7th – Reading at the launch of The Butchers Dog poetry magazine issue 7, Newcastle Poetry Festival  
May 12th–  Totally Wired, Nottingham. Details to follow.
23rd April Wenlock International Poetry Competition festival prize giving event with Don Patterson, 7pm.
March 24th– Reading at the launch of Magma,  London Review Bookshop – 14 Bury Pl, London WC1A 2JL, 7-9pm
Febuary 27thBenefit for Medicins san frontieres and local refugee charities,  Attenborough centre, Leicester.
February 5th  from 2pm  – Reading at the Bookcase  Lowdham, to launch  ‘More Raw Material- Alan Sillitoe anthology.


October 24thPoetry in Palmers Green. with   Hylda Sims, Lindsay Fursland, Roy Marshall, Maggie Butt and Jane Duran .
October 17- Albion Beatnik launch of ‘Cur’, Martin Malone and friends.
October 13thPoetry in The Bath, The Bath Hotel, Victoria St Sheffield, 7.30 pm, with Jo Bell and Maria Taylor
October 2nd- Reading from ‘Double Bill’ at Swindon Poetry Festival- edited by Andy Jackson, followed by Kei Miller,-.
Tuesday 18th August- Shindig Spoken word night Nelsons Wine Bar, Crown St, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Saturday 8th AugustLaunch of ‘Schooldays’ anthology from Paper Swans. Poetry Café, Convent Garden. 3pm-5pm.
Monday 22nd June– Camberwell Arts Festl with Josephine Corcoran, Robin Houghton and Richard Skinner. The Crooked Well, SE5 8SY .
Wednesday 27th May– Poetry by Heart,  the Heart Centre Cafe,Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN. Start time 7:30 pm
Friday 15th of May– Magma 61 Launch, London Review Bookshop, details here. 
Monday 18th May- Launch of Crystal Voices anthology plus Jo Bell and Jonathan Davidson at  The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester.
Tuesday 17th March- Poetry Alight, The Kings Head, Bird St, Lichfield, start time 7.30
Thursday 12th March– The Square Chapel, Halifax- with Lucy Burnett and James Caruth. Details here .
Saturday 21st February, Poets and Players With Liz Berry,  John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester,   from 2.30-4.00. 


Thursday December 11th– Launch of Bare Fiction issue 4, Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5HG
October 15th- Launch of autumn edition of New Walk magazine at Five Leaves Book shop, Nottingham,  Details here .
September 6th- Reading a poem from new Happenstance anthology, ‘Blame Montezuma’ at London Free Verse Poetry Book Fair,
July 5th-  Ver Poets Open Competition prize giving launch with Clare Pollard.  The Abbey Theatre, Holywell Hill, St. Albans,AL1 2DL ,  2pm
June 14thMidsummer poetry Festival, Bank Street Arts Sheffield – Reading with AB Jackson and others- details here      
May 27th- Poetry Bites.  Reading with James Sheard at The Kitchen Café, 17 York Road, Kings Heath. Birmingham B14 7SA.
April 30th– Sheffield launch of Matter magazine, Waterstones, 6.30 pm
May 15th– London Launch of Matter 13, London Review of Books bookshop, 6.30 -8.30
Tuesday April 1st – Word! -Peter and Ann Sansom supported by Roy Marshall and Maria Taylor. 8pm, performers 7pm £3/£4.
Sat. 15th March – States of Independence, Leicester.
Wed February 5th- Spire Writes, The White Swan ,Chesterfield. 7.45 start-With Zaffar Kunial . Helen Mort hosts.

Readings and Events 2013

November 29th-
Beeston poetry autumn season reading at Beeston with John Gallas and Maria Taylor, tickets £5 from Beeston poets
November 27th- Launch  of The Sun Bathers,
Guitar Bar Nottingham with  Rory Waterman
November 18th- Shindig! at the Western, Leicester. 7.30pm.

November 13th- Sheffield, Blackwell’s, University bookshop
October- 5th.
London launch of ‘The Sun Bathers’ Lumen, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT.
July 6th-
Ver Poets prize winners and Nick Drake, The Abbey Theatre St Albans.
March 2oth- Jazz and Poetry at The Guitar Bar
.  Poetry from Wayne Burrows, Roy Marshall & Rory Waterman plus jazz from John Lucas.
Feb 22nd 
Reading at Magma magazine launch, The Troubador, London. 
Febuary 15th 
Gannets Bistro, Newark.  Nottingham Festival of Words
Jan 30th
– Poetry by Heart, the Heart Cafe in Headingly with Maria Taylor, Deborah Tyler-Bennett,  River Wolton, Matt Merritt


November 24th– Nottingham Open Poetry competition awards . Adjudicator Neil Astley . Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street
October 2nd  Reading with Deborah Tyler-Bennet at Poetry Alight, Spark Cafe, Litchfield Literature Festival.
September 15th- Leeds- Stand magazine’s 50th Birthday events including FREE workshop with the amazing Ian Duhig
September 17thLeicester Shindig! See Nine Arches website
 July 31st Flarestack Launch of anthology Sylvia is Missing at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
July 29th Bardic Chair Picnic, a festival in Northampton. More details here
July 13th – Derby Poetry Society, Friends meeting house Derby, 7.30 pm
July 7th, Southwell Poetry Festival. Crystal Pamphlet reading, 4pm-4.45
July 8th, Ledbury Festival. Crystal Pamphlet reading.Full programe here
May 29th. Smack the Posey, The Olde England pub, Kettering Road
MAY 21st Leicester Shindig! See Nine Arches Website for details
Nottingham launch of Crystal pamphlets,  The gallery, Market Square,
11th May-  Crystal Clear reading at Northampton University  4th May
7th March States of Independence at De Montfort Uni.
5th March. Reading at Magma magazine launch, Troubadour, 265 Old Brompton Rd, 8pm
March 2nd. Launch of Crystal Clear pamphlets, Cultural Exchanges Festival De Montfort University
2nd March Alan Sillitoe Open Poetry Competition awards at Nottingham contemporary with Ruth Fainlight and Cathy Grindrod.


22nd August-Shindig, jointly hosted by Crystal Clear Creators and Nine Arches Press.  With Matt Meritt and Debora Tyler-Bennett.
9th July – Southwell Poetry Festival 
June 25th, Ashbourne Festival, Poetry in the Garden at Dove Cottage ,   2011
May 31st, 7.30-Delighted to be reading(and getting my guitar out) at Pinggg..k!, 15 Wellington Street Leicester LE1 6HH.


  1. Hope you made it home in one piece Roy. Loved your reading, enjoyed our craic. Thanks for the sage advice. Feel free to email me any time. And – if I may reciprocate your advice – try bringing a bit of North East disinhibition to Leicester. It matters not what people think!


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