Sunday Service: Poetry

with Miranda Peake, Robin Houghton, Tania Hershman and Katie Griffiths

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From ballads to blank verse and sonnets to slam battles, this event will explore how we take poetry from the page and bring it to life through performance and discussion. Curated by leading poetry society Live Canon, each week offers a platform to guests from different parts of the verse world to come together and share their work in an exciting and enlightening way.

with Miranda Peake, Robin Houghton, Tania Hershman and Katie Griffiths

On International Women’s Day we welcome four brilliant poets to celebrate with us. Miranda Peake, Robin Houghton, Tania Hershman and Katie Griffiths who were the four winners of the 2019 Live Canon Pamphlet Competition, resulting in four stunning new books: Yellow, Why? and Other Questions, How High Did She Fly? and My Shrink is Pregnant. Come and hear them share their work, old and new.

Poets performing

Miranda Peake is a poet and visual artist based in London. Her poems have been published in journals and magazines including Ambit, Banshee, Bare Fiction, Oxford Poetry, Magma, The Moth and The Rialto. In 2014 she won the Mslexia Poetry Competition and in 2018 she was placed second in the Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and is part of the Hornet Press. She is the owner of independent bookshop, Chener Books in East Dulwich.


Robin Houghton’s most recent pamphlet Why? was a winner in the Live Canon Pamphlet Competition in 2019. Her work has also won the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition and the Hamish Canham Prize from the Poetry Society. Robin’s poetry appears in many magazines including Agenda, Magma, Poetry News, The Moth and The Rialto, and in numerous anthologies including The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear).

Tania Hershman is the author of poetry collection, Terms and Conditions (Nine Arches, 2017),  poetry chapbook, Nothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open (Southword, 2016), and three short story collections, most recently Some Of Us Glow More Than Others (Unthank Books, 2017). Her hybrid poetry/prose pamphlet is forthcoming from Guillemot Press in March 2020. Tania is also one of the founders of the OnThisDayShe Twitter account which puts women back into history, has a PhD in creative writing inspired by particle physics, is writer-in-residence at Manchester’s Southern Cemetery, and is working on a hybrid book about time.

Katie Griffiths grew up in Ottawa, Canada, in a family originally from Northern Ireland.  In 2019 she was awarded second prize in the National Poetry Competition, and in 2016 was published in Primers Volume One by Nine Arches Press.  A member of three poetry groups – Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, Red Door Poets, and Octavo – Katie is also singer-songwriter in the band A Woman in Goggles, which actually consists of five people who mostly choose not to wear goggles.