Category Archives: Poetry

Open Mic poetry evening with special guest Nabin Kumar Chhetri

Nabin Kumar Chhetri comes from Nepal where he started writing poetry at a very early age. He graduated with a degree of M.Litt in Novel from the University of Aberdeen. He has received awards in Italy, Israel and Nepal for his poems. He is the member of the International Writers Association and World Congress of Poets (USA). He has edited an international poetry magazine called The O, which features writers from Japan, USA, Spain, India, Nepal etc. He has published internationally  in Apple Valley Review(Canada), Forge Journal (UK), Weyfarers(UK), Ricepaper Magazine(Canada), Penny Dreadful(USA), The Sun(India), Nosside Poetry Anthology 2010(Italy), Quest(India), Spinny Babbler(Nepal), Mawaheb( Canada), Poetry Quarterly(China), Fade Poetry Journal. ( UK), Cynic magazine, New York ( US), Tower Journal(US), Poetic Justice – Amnesty International Anthology( Scotland), Featured Poet of the week in Poetry Super Highway(US), Taj Mahal Review( India), Revival ( Ireland), Reverie Poetry Journal (US), Sixers Review(US), The Essence(UK), The Kathmandu Post(Nepal), Red Ochre Lit Journal (US) and Nosside Poetry Anthology 2011(Italy)., further details when we get them.


In BINI, Nabin Chhetri has created a poetic world of singular originality where landscape and memory are invoked equally with exact, clear-sighted detail and a rare meditative kind of charge. His poetry speaks of endurance – of the imagination and of feeling, the separations of distance and the long-lived associations of home. Chhetri’s power lies in his painstaking and loving exactitude, like the long afternoon spent ‘collecting one by one/all that was lost/in the name of home.’ – Jane Draycott, Senior Tutor, Master of Studies in Creative Writing, Oxford University

BINI is a remarkable and elemental work of corporeal power and lyricism. Firmly grounded in the terrain of several lands and the kinship of several cultures this poetry draws upon varying climes of the natural world and the perfect details of mortal humanity. – Kevin McGrath, Harvard University
Here is poetic storytelling at its best by a writer whose command of detail brings every page alive with astonishing richness and clarity, and with it, an ability to spark the imaginations and emotions of his readers in a unique way. An enthralling debut.’ – Jenny Lewis, Tutor for Poetry, Oxford University

Poetry Evening – Open Mic with Special Guest Poet Martin Malone

Poetry Evening – Friday 26th  2016  –  7pm to 9pm

With Special Guest Martin Malone
Introduced by North East Writers

You are invited to another Open Poetry Night at Better Read Books. Bring a poem or two of your own or by published authors to read, or if you prefer you can just come to listen. This time we welcome poet Martin Malone to the guest spot.

Refreshments will be served as usual.

Born in County Durham, Martin Malone now lives in Scotland. He has published two poetry collections: “The Waiting Hillside” (Templar, 2011) and “Cur” (Shoestring, 2015). An Honorary Research Fellow in Creative Writing at Aberdeen University, he is currently studying for a Ph.D in poetry at Sheffield University. He edits “The Interpreter’s House” poetry journal.

Poetry Evening – Frost on the Tassie – Lemon Tree Writers

Poetry Evening –
Frost on the Tassie by Lemon Tree Writers

Better Read Books will be hosting the last poetry evening for this year on 12th December 2014.
All are welcome – Usual refreshments
Haworth Hodgkinson has again very generously agreed to MC the evening.
Thank you to everyone who made it out, we really hope you all got home safely through the snow and the ice.

Book Signing – Emma O’Conner – The Insomnia Poems

As part of Book Week Scotland – Emma O’Conner will be signing copies of her debut poetry collection The Insomnia Poems. A significant portion of the money from each purchase will be donated to Fibromyalgia Awareness UK and the MS Society. Wine and biscuits will be available in case you need another reason.

Pushing out the Boat – Pop up Literary event

Pushing out the Boat literary event. Please consider coming along to hear selected poetry and prose read by members of the POTB team and specially invited guests. If you are already planning to pop along, please bring a friend. Entry is free and there will be refreshments. If you’re thinking of submitting something for issue 13, due out next year, but are unsure of something regarding content and/or the submission process, you’ll get the opportunity to chat to the magazine’s team members during the evening