launch 3aI have done readings for small and large audiences.

  • Guest poet at Manchester Poets, reading from my second collection and the pamphlet, Friday 17 September 2021.
  • Launch of Reflected Light Anthology, Zoom, February 2021.
  • Read at the 2020 Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival,  Saturday 14 November (online). The event “Between Places: Britain and Europe” featured three other poets who live between Europe and the UK.
  • Invited to read for Wednesday Writers at the Todmorden Festival, Wednesday 11 November.
  • During the Covid-19 lockdown I took part in several open mic events via Zoom – Sale Out Loud, Speakeasy, Poetry in a Pram.
  • Due to be Guest poet at Manchester Poets, March 2020. Cancelled due to Covid-19.
  • Launch of second collection Nothing serious, nothing dangerous, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 March 2020.
  • Writers In the Bath, Sheffield, with Nell Farrell and John-Paul Burns, November 2019.
  • Guest poet at Sale Out Loud, October 2019.
  • At European Language Day, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, October 2019.
  • Open mic slots at Speak Easy, Stretford and Burnage Library, April 2019.
  • Extended Open mic slot at Greenpeace fundraiser, May 2018.
  • The launch of Strix #3, Leeds, March 2018.
  • At York Explore on 14 December, 2017 I read along Nairn Kennedy and Laura Potts.
  • Read at the Manchester launch of Building Bridges, International Anthology of Ekphrastic Poems, 15 November 2017.
  • On 30 September I read my prose poem Broken Biscuits in London at the Poetry Book Fair. Valley Press published the Yorkshire Anthology.
  • I did two readings at the Dartington Ways with Words Literary Festival in July, 2017.
  • Read at the launch of Gazing at Gaia, at the Manchester Buddhist Centre, June 2017.
  • Joint guest poet at Sale Out Loud, June 2017.
  • Reading for Mancent poetry group, 2017.
  • Launch of Another Life at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, March 2017.
  • Fourth Friday, London – joint guest slot with Wendy Klein, February 2017.
  • Guest poet at Manky Poets, February 2017.
  • Reading at Peter Barlow’s Cigarette, Manchester, November 2016.
  • Manchester Cathedral, October 2106: reading A Poster for Poetry Reading: Fokkina McDonnell & Hannah Mackay at Manky Poetsla Hafiz, highly commended poem in the annual poetry competition.
  • Support slot for the Quiet Compere, Manchester.
  • Joint reading with Hannah Mackay at Manky Poets, 2015.  I launched my CD A baker’s dozen.
  • Reading at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, as part of the Writing School with Ann and Peter Sansom.
  • Launch of joint project with Hot Bed Press, Salford – readings at Hot Bed Press and at the Village Hall, Manchester, organised by the late Linda Chase.
  • Poets & Players, Manchester. I did two readings for them, one at St Ann’s Church.

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