Previous Events

Wednesday 20 January 2021, 7-8.15pm: Nottingham Creative Writing Hub event (Zoom)
I’ll be reading alongside my PhD colleague Tuesday Goacher, supporting poet Alan Jenkins.

23 October 2020: Quebec City of Literature’s la grande traversée poétique
Excited to be included with 200 international poets in Quebec City of Literature’s la grande traversée poétique, representing UK with NUCoL. My poem is IN THE FOREST’S HEARTWOOD, commissioned by NUCoL for World Poetry Day/ International Day of Forests 2020, filmed by Matt Turpin.
Poets from Angleterre!…/angleterre/…/la-grande…/…/in-the-forests…/

Wednesday 20 November, 4-6pm: Poetic Spurn Celebration Event and Exhibition Launch
Readings from the Poetic Spurn project with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Spurn Discovery Centre, Spurn, Kilnsea

Tuesday 30 April, 6.30pm-8pm: Poetry and Place. Alan Baker, Sue Dymoke and Aly Stoneman read poems about near and far-flung places and talk about the place of place in their poetry. Nottingham Poetry Festival event at Five Leaves Bookshop, 14A Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH. £3.00 on the door includes refreshments.

Leicester Travel Talks
Satta Hashem Hall, Leicester Adult Education College, 54 Belvoir Street, LE1 6HL. 10:15am – 12 noon (Price per session £4:50).
Friday 12 April 2019: Hikers, Hippies and Horrible Histories – The Intriguing Island of La Gomera (Canary Islands)
Friday 20th Sept 2019: From Tito to Tourism: Komiža –
The Croatian town where people really burn their boats!

Thursday 21 March, 7-8pm: FB Livestream World Poetry Day Event, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Nottingham City of Literature.

Leicester Travel Talks 2018
Satta Hashem Hall, Leicester Adult Education College, 54 Belvoir Street, LE1 6HL. 10:15am – 12 noon (Price per session £4:50)
30 November 2018: ‘Exploring Orkney’s Cultural and Literary Heritage’  

Sat 18 November 2017 Wild Words Workshops & Discussions: Being Human Festival Attenborough Nature Reserve with Nottingham Wildlife Trust
The day will begin with a drop in family friendly creative writing activity between 10am and 12pm which will be followed at noon by a discussion chaired by Dr Lambert with Sorrel Lyall (conservationist and blogger), Adam Cormack (Communications Manager for The Wildlife Trusts), Aly Stoneman (writer) and Erin McDaid (NWT Head of Communications. The final session of the day will be a nature writing workshop for adults 16 and over from 1.30pm-3pm.

All events are free. ‘EventBrite’ booking pages for the two bookable sessions:
Discussion Panel –
Adult Writing Workshop –

Further info:

Hockey Hustle Sunday 8th October 16:00-17:00: LeftLion Poets, Broadway Cinema (downstairs cafe bar), Broad Street, Nottingham
Join poets Aly Stoneman, Bridie Squires and Liam Mills and help raise money for charity
Tickets (access all events): £15

Monday 24 April 2017, 7-9pm:
LeftLion Presents…WriteLion Poets at Nottingham Poetry Festival
Venue: Rough Trade, 5 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AJ  (Free)
A sparkling evening of words from Notts poets Panya Banjoko, Becky Cullen, Sue Dymoke, Di Slaney, Bridie Squires and Rory Waterman. Plus Open Mic. MC: Aly Stoneman.

Friday 28 April 2017, 11am-10pm:
Project Finale for SPUD’s touring installation The Observatory
Venue: Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire (Free)
Talks and readings from resident artists and project organisers.

Aly Stoneman

Aly Stoneman

Thursday 21 January 2016, 7.30pm: Costa Book Awards 2015 Panel, West Bridgford Library. I’m joining Kim Slater, Jonathan Taylor and Sheelagh Gallagher to discuss the Costa Book Awards 2015. The Costa Book Awards are split into five categories: novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children’s book. We’ll be chatting about the category winning books in the running for the overall award, plus awards and writing in general.…/costa-book-awards-short…

Living For The City: Joe Coghlan, Panya Banjoko, Aly Stoneman, Michael Brome, and Psykhomantus

Outstanding regional writers and a DJ respond to their home cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, and explore sights, sounds and daily interactions through their hand-picked soundtrack of words, and music by DJ Psykhomantus. Curated by Melanie Abrahams, Produced by Renaissance One

Lincoln Drill Hall, 7.30-9.30pm with music until late    £8 (£6 concessions)


Saturday 28 March 2015 9.30am-5.30pm: Panel Member at The Writers’ Conference, The University of Nottingham (Portland Building) 11am – 11.45am: Finding Your Place in the Writing Community

Events 2014
14 April: Final Stage performance with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Aly Stoneman, MulletProofPoet, SureShot and more. Embrace Arts, Leicester with Renaissance One

Diary Events 2013

Night of the Festivals – Tongue Fu with Chris Redmond, SureShot, Aly Stoneman: The Dome, Market Square, Friday 13 September 7.30-9pm:  I’ll be delivering a 15 minute improvised set alongside Tongue Fu musicians. £5 on the door

Copenhagen International Poetry FestivalFriday 24th – Saturday 26th May 2013

Friday, May 24th:

5-6.30 PM: Poetry by the Sea – We take a trip around the Copenhagen Harbour: Water rhythm, verse rhythms, sounds, lights, changing outlook.


8 PM: Home Poetry
Why is poetry not read live in a private home? Today we do it. The
intimate surroundings will give you an even more personal and close
relation to the poets and to the poems. Only 10 seats in every home.


Saturday, May 25th:

2 PM: Reading at Assistens Kirkegård
This reading takes place at Assistens Kirkegård before Hans Christian
Andersen’s grave, in the very special aura that engulfs the place. We
meet at the grave.


9 PM: Poetry Party and the eighth anniversary of LiteraturHaus
After three days of hard work, the writers deserve an evening of fun
and relaxation. LiteraturHaus also celebrates its eighth anniversary,
and what better way to mark the occasion than letting the Poetry
Festival evolve into a Poetry Party.


Too late in 2013 for ….

Saturday 9th February 5.00 – 5.40 pm Love of Landscape, Newstead Abbey (Poetry Landscape and Radicals Event, Nottingham Festival of Words 5-7pm £7/£5) Aly Stoneman (LeftLion Poetry Editor) introduces a celebration of contemporary landscape poetry in the East Midlands and elsewhere with readings from Longbarrow Press writers Matthew Clegg, Chris Jones and East Midlands Book Award winner Mark Goodwin.The event will include audio/visual material and a discussion about traditional and experimental landscape writing in which the audience will be invited to participate.

Sunday 17th February 1.30pm – 2.30pm LeftLion Presents… WriteLion
NTU Newton Arkwright Building, Nottingham Festival of Words Entry with day/weekend pass
LeftLion Magazine presents a celebration of the poetry published in WriteLion over the last 12 months. Projections of illustrations by Steve Larder will accompany live readings from contributors including MulletProofPoet. LeftLion Poetry Editor Aly Stoneman will introduce the event and offer a few submission guidelines for those who’d like to see their work in print!

Jazz and Poetry: Wednesday 20 February 8pm at Hotel Deux, 2 Pelham Road, Nottingham, NG5 2AP (Free event) – Derbyshire poet laureate and poet of all trades Matt Black takes to the stage accompanied by classic jazz on bass, guitar, clarinet and cornet. There will also be readings from Aly Stoneman, Wayne Burrows, Robin Vaughan-Williams, and other poets to be confirmed. Organised by John Lucas of Shoestring Press in association with Nottingham Writers’ Studio.

Creative Salon with Renaissance One: Saturday 13 April 6pm at Embrace Arts, Leicester  – Performance by poets involved in The Final Stage Mentoring Programme with Jean Binta Breeze MBE including MulletProofPoet, Aly Stoneman, Jo ‘Spice’ Blackwood and Michael ‘Sureshot’ Brome.

Too late in 2012 for ….

Friday 2nd March 2012 6-7.30pm, Pamphlet Launch for Crystal Clear Creators at the Cultural Exchanges Festivalin Rm 230 Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Leicester. Featuring readings from Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves, Charles Lauder, Roy Marshall, Jess Mayhew, Hannah Stevens and Aly Stoneman.

Saturday 17 March 2012, States of Independence Publishers’ Fair All Day Free Event  –  Crystal Clear Creators Stall and Discussion Panel 11am-12 noon featuring readings from Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves, Charles Lauder, Roy Marshall, Jess Mayhew, Hannah Stevens and Aly Stoneman.

Monday 19 March 2012, 7.30pm Shindig! at The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 OGA – Poetry Readings and Open Mic with Nine Arches Press and Crystal Clear Creators.

Saturday 28th April 12.30-1pm & 1.30-2pm, Lyric Lounge (Lincoln), The Drill Hall, Lincoln: Aly and Milk will be performing poetry and music at the Lyrical Lunchtime. Free Event.

Friday 11th May, 7pm-late, Crystal Clear Poetry Pamphlet Nottingham Launch Party, The City Gallery, 14A Long Row, NG1: Readings from 7.30pm, Music 9pm ’til late. Licensed bar. Crystal Clear poets Charles G Lauder Jr, Roy Marshall, MulletProofPoet, and Aly Stoneman will be joined by Wayne Burrows, Deborah Tyler-Bennett and Mark Goodwin for a night of words and wine, with DJ Simon ‘Neon’ White playing funky tunes ’til late. Free Event.

Sunday 20th May Nine Arches Press Readings, 7pm, Jam Cafe, Nottingham NG1 – Nine Arches Press launch event with poets Alistair Noon, CJ Allen, Sarah Jackson, and Aly Stoneman.

Saturday 7th July Sneinton Festival, SEND World Vibes tent, Trickett’s Park, Greenway Community Centre on Trent Lane, NG2 4DF  1.45pm-2.30pm Aly & Milk  FREE

Saturday 7th July Southwell Poetry Festival, Southwell Library, Southwell, Notts 4-5pm: Introduction by Jonathan Taylor, co-director of Crystal Clear Creators plus readings by Andrew “Mulletproof” Graves, Aly Stoneman, Jessica Mayhew, Charles G Lauder Jr and Roy Marshall.

Sunday 8th July Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ledbury, Herefordshire 12.15pm-12.35pm: Introduction by Jonathan Taylor, co-director of Crystal Clear Creators plus readings by Andrew “Mulletproof” Graves and Aly Stoneman. Followed by: 2-2.20pm – readings by Jessica Mayhew, Charles G Lauder Jr and Roy Marshall.

Weekend 15th & 16th September Bathing Beauties Festival 2012, Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea and Sandilands, Lincs. Milk & Aly will be occupying a beach hut for the weekend at ‘the longest linear coastal art festival in Europe’, with visiting LeftLionMagazine, so join us for poetry readings, poetry chat, a cup of tea and some writing workshops!

Too late to see us (in 2011) at….

Friday 18th February 7-9pm, Light Night : Word Of Mouth –  Nottingham Writers’ Studio event at Antenna, Huntington Street, Hockley featuring TV (Cast Offs) comedian Sophie Woolley; Free Entry

Thursday 24th February 8pm, Speech Therapy at Hotel Deux, Sherwood Rise –  Performance and Open Mic event organised by MulletProofPoet; Free Entry

Sunday 20th March 7pm, Shindig! at Jam Cafe, Hockley – A Performance and Open Mic event with Nine Arches Press. Poets: Mark Goodwin, Deborah Tyler-Bennett & Mike Wilson; Free Entry

Thursday 28th April 8pm, The Lambhorse Cabaret, Hopkinsons – A Performance night of absurd ribaldry, a celebration of the alternative and the weird!

Sunday 22nd May 7pm, Shindig! at Jam Cafe, Hockley – A Performance and Open Mic event with Nine Arches Press. Poets: Di Slaney, John Marriott, Rosie Garner, Jane Commane & Emma Purshouse; Free Entry

Friday 4th November 7pm, Gunpowder, Treason and Pot! at Nottingham Contemporary – A Scribal Gathering evening of Spoken Word and Poetical Dissent. Chester P Hackenbush, Johnny Crump, Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson, The Lambhorse Caberet, Joe Coghlan & Jonezy, Al Needham,  Aly and Milk, Motormouth and James Walker.

Too late to see us (in 2010) at….

Saturday 20th March, 1pm – Staple Magazine Launch, States of Independence, Loughborough

Tuesday 6th April, 8pm – WORD! at The Y Theatre, Leicester

Tuesday 13th April, 7pm – The Robin Hood, Sherwood, Nottingham

Saturday 22nd May, 2.45pm: Nottingham Poetry Society Poetry Competition, Nottingham Mechanics, N.Sherwood St. Nottingham (I will be on the judging panel with Eirreann Lorsung from NPS, not performing)

Monday 21st June, 7-10pm – Bird and Bat Talks followed by readings approx 9.30pm with Jenny Swann and friends

Saturday 26th June, 2.30pm (Free) – Lowdham Book Festival with Nottingham Writers’ Studio (reading prose) at The Methodist Chapel, Main Street

Tuesday 13th July 6-7pm (Free) – presenting  Nottingham Writers’ Studio at Southwell Poetry Festival with Wayne Burrows (but I won’t be performing)

Wednesday 14th July, 10.30am (Free) – Aly and Milk at  Arnold Library Cafe, Arnold

Saturday 17th July, 7.30pm-8.30pm (£3) – Aly and Milk with John Lucas and friends at Southwell Poetry Festival, Southwell

Sunday 1st August, 1.30pm (Free) – Aly and Milk at Lyric Lounge, Leicester with Staple Magazine Featuring Sureshot

Wednesday 4th August, 7.15pm-10.30pm (Free) – Scribal Gathering co-presenting (with James Walker), Nottingham Contemporary Cafe

Sunday 19th September (Free) – co-presenting Leftlion presents Shindig! with James Walker (LeftLion) and Nine Arches Press at the Jam Cafe, Hockley 7pm til late.

Sunday 26th September, 6pm Lyrical Tea-Time (Free) – Aly and Milk at Lyric Lounge Nottingham, New Art Exchange

Saturday 23rd October, 3-8pm Words 8pm-Midnight Music – co-presenting WriteLion’s Hockley Hustle Warm-up, Nottingham Contemporary Cafe

Friday 12th November (Free)Nottingham Artists’ Studios, Carlton Hill –  Opening of exhibition by Raphael Daden 6pm til late. With poetry from Aly Stoneman and live music.

Sunday 21st November 7-10pm, Shindig! at The Jam Cafe – LeftLion Magazine and Nine Arches Press poetry event featuring Sarah Jackson and Robin Vaughan- Williams. Presented by James Walker and Aly Stoneman

Thursday 2nd December 7pm, Word of Mouth  at Antenna –  Nottingham Writers’ Studio literature event at Antenna, Hockley

Tuesday 14th December 7.30pm at Shoestring Evenings, The Flying Goose, Beeston (£3) – with Scottish poet and singer of ballads, Alexander Hutchinson