may, 2017

16may6:30 pm8:30 pmYurt Salon-Poetry


Event Details

On Tuesday 16th May, we’ll be welcoming five diverse poets and spoken word performers to read from their latest work. The lineup covers a variety of poetic types from comedy, lyric, literary and spoken word. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets can be booked here

The Authors

Mona Dash was born in Odisha, India, and settled in London in 2001. With a background in Engineering and Management, she works in Telecoms Solution Sales. She writes fiction and poetry and her work has been anthologised internationally. She has gained a Masters in Creative Writing, with distinction, from the London Metropolitan University. She is currently working towards a PhD in Area Studies. Dawn-drops (Writer’s Workshop, India) is her first collection of poetry. Untamed Heart (Tara India Research Press) is her first novel and is available online and also in bookshops in India. Her second collection of poetry A certain way was recently published by Skylark publications UK (2017).

Dirk van Heck read History at Trinity College Cambridge, where he was also a choral exhibitioner and started writing poetry. He is now a barrister, but continues in his artistic endeavours, which have recently included conducting the music at a wedding on no notice and playing the King in an amateur dramatic society production of Cinderella (impersonating Prince Phillip). This evening is his first public poetry reading since the age of six.

Sophia Blackwell started performing poetry over ten years ago. Her poetry has been anthologized by Bloodaxe, Nine Arches, The Emma Press and Sidekick Books, and her other writing has been published in Diva and Time Out. She is the author of one collection of poetry, Into Temptation, and one novel, After My Own Heart (Limehouse Books). Her new poetry collection, The Fire-Eater’s Lover, is out now.

Kavita A. Jindal – is an acclaimed poet and a prize-winning short-fiction writer. She is the author of Raincheck Renewed, published by Chameleon Press. Her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies and newspapers around the world and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and European cultural radio stations. Selected poems have been translated into Arabic, German, Punjabi, Spanish and Romanian. She is a Senior Editor at Asia Literary Review and she enjoys collaborating with artists, musicians and film-makers across a range of projects. @writerkavita

Gretchen Heffernan co-founded Backlash Press and has published in journals such as Agni and Brittle Star. She is the author of fantasy titles, The Book of Dirt and, forthcoming, The Book of Insects. Early next year she will be releasing her fiction novel The Carving Circle. She has a degree in Creative Writing and Modern Poetry from Vermont College. She has completed two Faber Academy writing programs and has been involved with The Poetry School in London. In September she begins a post doctorate in Creative and Critical Writing from Brighton University. She is very interested in combining visual and poetic narratives with myth. She also loves trees and manages ancient woodland in East Sussex, England.


(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Yurt Cafe

2 Butcher Row, London, E14 8DS