Wednesday 19 November at 7.30pm
Hackney Attic at the Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE Launch of Caroline Trettine's new album Gay Demo: field recordings from the audio underground with Peter Daniels reading classic gay poems from the canon and some of his own.

Monday 20 October at 8.00pm
Archway With Words Festival
FADS Community Hub, Archway Mall, 6 Junction Road N19
So Much to Write Home About
Five poets explore the concept of home: a place both real and imagined, journeys towards and away from home, exile and border-crossing, the process of finding and making home…. With Kayo Chingonyi, Cath Drake, Kate Potts, Peter Daniels, Alison Winch

Saturday, October 11 at 7.00pm
at St Mary Islington, Upper Street.
Poetry in the Crypt
Our three featured readers will ventriloquize, as it were, the voices of four other poets: Peter Daniels will present his translations from Russian of poems by Vladislav Khodasevich (1886-1939), published in the UK by Angel Classics. Emily Jeremiah will present her translations of poems by two Finnish women poets, Eeva-Liisa Manner (1921-1995) and Sirkka Turkka (b. 1939), both published by Waterloo Press. Paul McLoughlin will read from his new edition of poems by Brian Jones (1938-2009), published by Shoestring Press.
Admission is £4 and proceeds go to Hospice Care Kenya.
Free cakes and coffee in the interval!

Thursday 10th July at 7.00pm, readings start from 7.30pm.
Lower Marsh, London SE1
Lower Marsh market is hosting some summer evening markets in July. Poetry Parlour will be having a stall with books and crafty bits and evening readings. The first of these will feature Holly Hopkins Hylda Sims and Peter Daniels and poets from the floor
Event is free - but shopping will be hugely encouraged

Saturday 14 June, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
St Anne's College, Oxford
Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize Short List Readings and Prize-Giving
The Oxford–Weidenfeld Prize is for book-length literary translations into English from any living European language. It aims to honour the craft of translation, and to recognise its cultural importance. It is funded by Lord Weidenfeld and by New College, The Queen’s College and St Anne’s College, Oxford. Those translators short-listed for the prize will discuss their work, and the prize will be presented to the winner.
(My Selected Poems of Khodasevich was shortlisted; the winner was Susan Wicks for Talking Vrouz.)

Saturday 7th June at 7.00pm
St Mary's Old Church, Stoke Newington
Stoke Newington Literary Festival: Pop-up Polari
Described by the New York Times as ‘London’s most theatrical salon’ and by The Independent on Sunday as ‘London’s peerless gay literary salon’, Polari now has its home at the Southbank. This festival pop-up is hosted by Polari’s grand master Paul Burston, author, journalist and previously LGBT editor at Time Out. Featuring Peter Daniels, Alex Hopkins, VG Lee and Sophia Blackwell, this is guaranteed to be ‘fun, thought provoking – a guaranteed good night out’ (Sarah Waters).

Wednesday 28th May at 6.30pm
Barbican Library Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Long Poem Magazine
Issue no.11 Spring 2014 launch reading
DM Black, Anna Stearman, Aviva Dautch, Mimi Khalvati, Kevin-Crossley Holland, Anna Reckin, Peter Daniels, Aidan Semmens, Mercedes Cebrián , Lisa Kelly, Mark Sorrell, Edwin Stockdale.
Including my translation of Khodasevich's ballad about the First World War, "John Bottom".

Monday, April 28th at 7PM.
Arts for the Armory
Basement, Room B8, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143. I've been calling it Cambridge MA which is strictly not correct though I believe it's close by.

Friday, 25 April: 4pm
New York, NY: Hunter College, in conversation with Julia Trubikhina
Hunter North Building, Room C002 (next to Student Activities). Entrance from East 69th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues). Security will be informed and able to direct people to the room.

Thursday, 24 April. 6pm
A conversation with Russian scholar Michael Wachtel, with poems interspersed.
Princeton, NJ: at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ 08542

Wednesday, 23 April. 7pm
Philadelphia, PA event at the Manayunk-Roxborough Arts Center with Khodasevich specialist Valentina Sinkevich. 419 Green Ln # RR, Philadelphia, PA 19128.
More on this

Thursday, 17 April. 7pm
Vladislav Khodasevich: Selected Poems. Peter Daniels reads his translations and talks about this Russian poet. Some poems also read in Russian by Masha Karp.
The European Bookshop, 5 Warwick Street, London W1B 5LU.

Friday, 11 April. 4pm
Poetry and translation seminar with Elaine Feinstein, Katharine Hodgson and me.
Edinburgh University Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities.
If you want to come, let me know so I can tell them how many to expect.

Thursday 3 April 2014, 8.00pm.
Fire River Poets, Creative Innovation Centre, Memorial Hall, Paul Street, Taunton TA2 3PF.

Tuesday 25 March 2014, 7.30.
Poets Live at Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris. Reading Khodasevich translations, with other translators from Chinese, Arabic and Italian.

Tuesday 11 March 2014, 7.30-9.00pm.
RUSSIAN EMIGRE PARIS, with Angela Brintlinger, Robert Chandler, Bryan Karetnyk, Ivan Juritz and others, including me.
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA

Sunday 2 March 2014
Buzzwords at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. 7.00pm workshop, 8.00pm poetry reading with open mic.

Friday 14 February 7.00-10.00pm.
Reading "Captain Rigby" as part of My Brazen Valentine, poetry in the City of Seduction Valentine's extravaganza at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Sold out! This is two years to the day since his premiere at the museum's 2012 Valentine evening. articles/read/my_brazen_valentine_poetry_in_the_city_of_seduction

Monday 10 February 2014, 8.00pm.
N16 Writers and Readers at Stoke Newington Bookshop, 159 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0NY: talking about and reading my translations of Vladislav Khodasevich. £2.50, with wine.

Tuesday 28 January 2014
I had the honour as one of the judging team at Pushkin House to be asked to present the Compass Award prizes for translations of Maria Petrovykh:

Sunday 26 January 2014
Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town, London: reading with Kayo Chingonyi, Cath Drake, Kate Potts, Alison Winch

Wednesday 27 November 2013
Voice of Russia Radio interview about Khodasevich

Thursday 14 November 2013
Sweet Thursday, the Old Ship, Richmond: mostly Captain Rigby

Tuesday 29 October 2013
Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford: Khodasevich

Saturday 26 October 2013
The Shuffle, Poetry Café, London

Tuesday 22 October 2013
launch of my translations of Vladislav Khodasevich Selected Poems, at Pushkin House, London, with Martin Sixsmith

Tuesday 8 October 2013
Have a Word, Brighton: Captain Rigby

Thursday 3 October 2013
First Thursday at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Clapham commonSaturday 14 September 2013
Clapham Common bandstand: Captain Rigby

Thursday 4 July 2013, 7.00
Captain Rigby coverGay's the Word, 66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB
"The Ballad of Captain Rigby". Historian Rictor Norton has written about the case and will say more about the context. Jan Pimblett of the London Metropolitan Archives will describe how their resources are used for LGBT history. The artist Peter Forster will show his drawings and say more about his influences, and Peter Daniels will perform the ballad itself.

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 7.30
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX
Helen Ivory reads from her new Bloodaxe Books collection. Introduced by the marvelous Martin Figura, with guest readings from the splendid Peter Daniels, Nancy Mattson and Mike Bartholomew-Biggs.

Sunday 9 June 2013, 8.00
SN Literature Festival logoBabble Jar, 176 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7JL
Pop-up Polari hosted by Paul Burston and featuring Sophia Blackwell, Peter Daniels, VG Lee and Karen Mcleod. Launch of "The Ballad of Captain Rigby" in pamphlet form, illustrated by Peter Forster

Sunday 26 May 2013, 5.30
Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR
flamingofeather Poetry and Dance Reading by winners of the flamingofeather poetry competition and the judges, Mimi Khalvati and Peter Daniels. Plus Performance by 55+ Sage Dance Company, directed by former Royal Ballet soloist Simon Rice.

Thursday 23 to Monday 27 May 2013
The Albert, 1 Albert Road, London NW6 5DT. Pistols & Pollinators exhibition - work with artist Lulu Allison as one of 15 collaborative partnerships. Open reading Monday 27 May 3.00-6.00.

Tuesday 30 April 2013, 7.30
Gallery Cafe, St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL: London reading for Modern Poets on Viking Poetry

Saturday 9 February 2013, 7.00
St Mary's Church Islington, Upper St, London N1: Poetry in the Crypt with Jacqueline Saphra and Lesley Saunders. £4

Thursday 31 January 2013, 7.00
Gay's the Word, 66 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB. Reading with RV Bailey and Roz Kaveney.

Monday 21 January 2013, 7.30
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX. Reading with John Hegley, Christina Dunhill, Sue Rose, songs from Steve Anthony. £5 / £3

Tuesday 20 November 2012
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Kennington Lane, London SE11: Bar Wotever, presenting "The Ballad of Captain Rigby"

Tuesday 13 November 2012
Pushkin House, London: Pushkin Club Translators' Evening, discussing my translation of "Sorrento Photographs" by Vladislav Khodasevich, and Stephen Copus with his translations of Boris Slutsky

Monday 22 October 2012 8.00pm (doors open 7.30)
Coffee House Poetry logoCoffee House Poetry at the Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road LONDON SW5 9JA: Sarah Salway, Rosie Shepperd, Paul O' Casey, Afric McGlincy, Peter Daniels, Sandeep Parmar, Anthony Wilson and Susan Utting. £7 / £6

Tuesday 25 September 7.30pm for 8.00pm
CB1 at the Punter, Pound Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AE
Peter Daniels and Joanne Limburg. £5/£4.

Tuesday 21 August 2012 7.30
The Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LG 0131 558 8209
I'll be reading at an Utter! poetry event in the Fringe, with five other poets - names to be confirmed but including Helen Beaton reading the work of the late Tom Duddy.

Thursday 9 August 2012 8.00
Poetry in the House at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG. Helen Burke, Peter Philips, Peter Daniels, Robert Stein.
probably £5/£3.

Tuesday 31 July 2012 with readings from 6.30 - 9.00pm
Flarestack logoFlarestack Poets Competition Celebration - David Clarke's Gaud, Nichola Deane's My Moriarty, and the anthology Sylvia is Missing will be launched at the Ikon Gallery, Brindley Place, Birmingham. I'll be reading my anthology poem.

Sunday 29 July 2012.
Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR. Sunday Tea with John Hegley. I'm reading some sonnets about dragons sometime between 5.30 and 7.30pm; also appearing are Patience Agbabi and Michael Horovitz. Earlier in the afternoon: Vegetable Olympics, and a mechanical dragon in the garden.

Thursday 12 July 2012 8.00
Sweet Thursday at the Old Ship, 3 King Street, Richmond Upon Thames, TW9 1ND
Hosted by Alec Bell, upstairs in a room full of comfortable upholstery - all are welcome to perform or just to listen.
Guest performers: James Priestman, Peter Daniels, Cathy Flower and the amazing musical duo, Perkelt
(arrive by 7.30 if you want to read from the floor)

Friday 22 June 2012 8.00
Poetry Society logoFourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX
The other poet reading with me is Leah Fritz and music is from singer songwriter Liz Simcock (+ guitarist Warwick Jones and bassist Ian Newman).

Sunday 3 June 2012 at 2.00
I'm delighted to confirm that I'll be reading at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival , at the Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, N16 6XS,
with Fran Isherwood, Katy Evans-Bush and possibly other local poets.

Tuesday 8 May 2012 7.45
at the Royal Festival Hall
I'll be reading "The Ballad of Captain Rigby" at the gay literary salon Polari, on the South Bank (Level 5 Function Room):
£5 Advance booking strongly advised

Thursday 3 May 2012, 6.30 for 7.00
I'll be reading from my new collection 'Counting Eggs' at LXV Books, 65 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0QN Five minutes from Bethnal Green tube (Central Line). Reading is in basement, down a spiral staircase.
Free drink if you spend £3 on books (either mine or LXV's excellent second hand stock).

Thursday 19 April 2012 6.30 until 8.30
Chris Emery launches his third collection of poetry, The Departure, with special guests Sophie Collins and Peter Daniels.
The Book Hive, 53 London Street, Norwich NR2 1HL

Sat 17 March 2012, 10.30am – 4.30pm.
HappenStance logoINDEPENDENT PRESS DAY - Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Oxford Street, Leicester
Stalls from dozens of independent publishers.
Workshops, readings and book launches.
I shall be reading as part of a HappenStance event with Sally Festing, Matt Merritt and Robin Vaughan-Williams.

Friday 24 February 2012, 7.00pm - 8.30pm.
Russian Poetry, with Robert Chandler and other
PUSHKIN HOUSE, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
Translator Robert Chandler reads from an anthology of Russian poetry, FROM PUSHKIN TO BRODSKY, that he is compiling for Penguin Classics. This includes the work of many different translators. Nearly all poems will also be read in Russian.
I'll be reading some of my translations of Khodasevich
A wonderful way to discover the world of Russian Literature. Audience participation is welcome! Free admission!

Tuesday 14 February 2012, 6.45-9.45pm.
I’m going to be performing my commissioned poem “The Ballad of Captain Rigby” at the Museum of London’s Pleasure Garden Ball
£6.00, £5.00 concessions. NB Advance booking only.
The whole evening is a vast array of performances, talks, tours, activities and workshops. I’m on as part of “Love is…” poetry readings and talks about love and lust from some of the capital’s most prominent gay writers, in the Pleasure Gardens, Lower Galleries, presented by the fabulous Cherry Smyth.
I’m on during the 8.15 to 8.45 slot along with the winner of the Write Queer London competition and (tbc) Shaun Levin. After a break at 9.10 there’s Nancy Campbell and John McCullough. Other things going on at the Museum include a display of valentine cards, Georgian playbills, Georgian fashion, mask decorating and masked speed dating.

My poem has been inspired by the court records at the London Metropolitan Archives, with some further research in other places. It includes explicit evidence of sodomitical lechery and also blasphemy, so don’t come if you’re easily shocked!.

Sat 29 October 2011, 7.00 for 7.30 start.
Poetry in Palmers Green
Julian Stannard, Peter Daniels, Liz Berry, Cheryl Moskowitz and Margaret Eddershaw
St John's Church, corner of Green Lanes/Bourne Hill, N13.
Trains to Palmers Green or 329 bus from Wood Green.

Sat 24 September 2011, 7.30.
I'm reading as part of The Shuffle, Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX.

Tues 23 August 2011 - 7.30
A Salt Plus event (poets published by Salt, plus others like me)
Other readers include Katy Evans-Bush, Kirsten Irving, John Clegg, Abigail Parry and Vidyan Ravinthiran.
The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 3BL

Fri 15 July 2011 - 6.00 for 6.30 start.
One in Friday Night Writers series.
Mr Luczinski Makes a MoveSwiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London, NW3 3HA
Open mic afterwards.
Free. Donation for glass of wine or juice.

Sun 5 June 2011 - 7.00 pm.
Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, N16 6XS (opposite Morrisons).
Peter Daniels with Kit Wright, Phil Bowen and Jan Noble
part of Stoke Newington Literature Festival 2011.
£6 on door.

Mon 24 January 2011 – 6.30pm to 9.30 pm
Long Poem Magazine launch

AS well as me, Peter Daniels, you can hear The Glaswegian actor TAM DEAN BURN reading from the late EDWIN MORGAN'S poem version of Gilgamesh; the international award winning exiled Iraqi poet ADNAN AL-SAYEGH; his tanslator STEPHEN WATTS; JEMMA BORG, MYRA SCHNEIDER, TIMOTHY ADES, MAUREEN DUFFY, ANNE RYLAND, VISHVANTARA JULIA LEWIS and MARTINA THOMSON. .
Barbican Library, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Tue 2 November 2010 – 7.30pm
Talk - First Translators’ Evening

PushkinPushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA. Tel. 020 7269 9770.
The Pushkin Club is starting a new series of events: “Translators’ Evenings”, where translators of Russian poetry and prose will read and discuss their work. Translators, academics, students and anybody interested in Russian literature are invited to discuss the relation between the original and the translation, compare (if available) different translations of the same original and see how the art of translation helps literature to cross over boundaries between languages and cultures.
At the First Translators’ Evening Peter Daniels will read his translations of Vladislav Khodasevich.
Click here to read more about my Translation project.

Tuesday 19 October. 7.45 pm.
POLARI Goes Poetry

Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX (£5)
Arvon Poetry Prize reading, Festival Hall, Nov. 2008Paul Burston's 'peerless gay literary salon' (Independent on Sunday) hosts an evening of pithy poetry and queer spoken word with Sophia Blackwell, Dean Atta, Mark Wallis, Peter Daniels and Kevin Clarke.
Part of Southbank Centre Literature and Spoken Word 2010.
Ticket Office: 0844 847 9910

Wednesday 29 September. 7.30 pm.
I shall be presenting my translations of Vladislav Khodasevich (1886-1939)

Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX,(£5 / £3 conc).
This is part of the series organised by Sebastian Hayes, who will be presenting his translations of Catherine Pozzi.

Friday 3 September. 7.00 pm for 7.30.
Peter Daniels, reading with Mirabeau - Caroline Trettine and Richard Price.
Lemon Monkey café, Stoke Newington High St, London N16, bang opposite the T junction with Church St.

Sunday 6 June. 7.00 pm.
Extra reading - with Katy Evans-Bush and Anna Robinson - at Stoke Newington Literary festival

Lemon Monkey café, Stoke Newington High St.

Monday 24 May 7.45 for 8.00,
Coffee House Poetry logoat Coffee House Poetry,
The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road, Earls Court, London SW5
Russian evening with Peter Daniels (Vladislav Khodasevich), Sasha Dugdale (Elena Shvarts), Robert Chandler (Aleksandr Pushkin), CL Dallat (Osip Mandelstam), Yvonne Green (Semyon Lipkin), Xenia Dennan (Irina Ratushinskaya).
For info, booking, season ticket & mailing list enquiries,
t: 020-8354 0660, e: w: or write to Anne-Marie Fyfe, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON, W4 1ZP
Underground: Earls Court - District and Piccadilly lines.

Saturday 1 May 2010, 4.00 p.m.
Tea party and reading
to launch pamphlets by
Peter Daniels
Maureen Jivani
Malcolm Lewis
Tea and cake, readings at 5.00 p.m. then more tea. Free
• Work & Food by Peter Daniels, illustrated by Moira Coupe
• My Shinji Noon by Maureen Jivani, illustrated by Jill Schoenmann
• The Hard Man by Malcolm Lewis, with two Ceri Richards drawings
Mulfran Press logoPublished by Mulfran Press, PO Box 812, Cardiff CF11 1PD
Bunhill Fields Quaker Meeting House,
Quaker Court, Banner St, London EC1Y 8QQ

Saturday 24 April 2010, 7.00 p.m.
Poetry in the Crypt
Alan Brownjohn, Mary Michaels & Peter Daniels

St Mary's Church, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TX

Thursday, 18 February 2010
love poem evening
Time: in the evening! Probably 6.30pm, but contact me, or check this site later!
Peter Daniels and Sharon Morris
CLR James library
24-30 Dalston Lane E8 3AZ

Wednesday, 27 January 2010
6.00 - 8.00 pm
Celebrating Mind, Body and Spirit - 'A new year, a new you'
Join us for an evening celebrating the mind, body and spirit.
Guest poet, Peter Daniels and Photographer Alix Edwards among others.
Stalls run by other local groups including Elsa Hamaz (Herbalist), GenFresh (Natural Care Products), The Stroke Project and more.
Hackney Central Library E8 1GQ.
(officially 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ
but more obviously on the corner with Mare St, next to the town hall)

Saturday, 09 January 2010
3:30 - 6:30 pm
Write Queer London Workshop
Location: The Poetry Society Studio, 1st floor
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
UntoldLondon is running its second annual Queer History Writing Prize in association with Chroma Queer Arts Journal. London has long been a place to find soul-mates, friends, lovers and a political haven from persecution. The competition welcomes fact, fiction and poetry about gay life, and the history of gay lives in London.
To inspire creativity poet Peter Daniels will be running a workshop looking at the poem as a little story or drama giving an individual account of what it means to be gay in London both past and present.
Places are free, but please do let The Poetry Society know if you are planning to attend; please contact Alan Ward on 020 7420 9886 or email

Wednesday 7 October 2009
2.00–4.00 p.m.
Quaker Poetry
Gerard Benson will be convening the event and Alice Beer, Peter Daniels, Ralph Taylor and Rosie Bailey will be reading their own work and poems by the late U.A. Fanthorpe and Pam Hughes.
Refreshments will be provided.
Quaker Centre, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

Thursday 8th October 2009
6.30 p.m.
National Poetry Day 2009
Come and hear 3 Hackney poets [actually all Stoke Newington/Stamford Hill poets] –
Peter Daniels, Jo Roach and Jude Rosen celebrate National Poetry Day
Stamford Hill Library, Portland Ave, London, N16 6SB.
How to get there: corner of Portland Ave:
lots of buses;
short walk north from Stoke Newington station or south from Stamford Hill station on Liv St / Seven Sisters / Enfield / Cheshunt line;
tube Seven Sisters (Victoria line) and any bus south on High Road, or Manor House and 253/254 going east

photograph by david x green

35 Benthal Road, London N16 7AR. 020 8806 6121. Email me