DEC 2017
8 Dec: Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre reading series, hosted by Niall Munro, with Mark Gilfillan & Chris Beckett. Society Café, St Michaels Street, Oxford, 7pm.  

OCT 2017 
1-10 Oct: Alemu Tebeje’s poem Greetings to the People of Europe is part of Jenny Holzer’s Softer exhibition at Blenheim Palace.

Wed 18 Oct: An Evening with Hama Tuma, an Ethiopian “rebel angel”, hosted by Chris Beckett and the Anglo Ethiopian Society, at Keats House, Hampstead, 6.30-7.30pm. 
Includes launch of Just a Nobody, a selection of Hama’s poems in English and Amharic, issued by Tamrat Books.

Sat 28 Oct: The Publisher-Poets SHUFFLE presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, featuring Tamar Yoseloff, Kirsten Irving, Todd Swift, Tiffany Anne Tondut & Les Robinson. 7.30-9.30pm at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden

SEPT 2017

Sat 30 Sept: The Autumn SHUFFLE at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden, presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, featuring Kathryn Gray, Emma Harding, Robert Seatter, Julian Stannard, Gillie Robic, Matthew Griffiths & Philip Hancock

JUNE 2017

Sat 17 June: The American SHUFFLE at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden, presented by Gale Burns and Chris Beckett, featuring Katy Evans-Bush, Lynne Hjelmgaard, Wayne Hill, NJ Hynes, Barbara Marsh & Jocelyn Page 

APRIL 2017 
Tamrat in the Cyclops Cave, Chris' collaborative radio play with Alemu Tebeje for BBC Radio 4, was broadcast on Tuesday 18 April at 09.45 hrs.   It tells the story of a young Ethiopian boy growing up in the mountains, playing in his favourite cave, then later becoming a student protester and fighting against the one-eyed Great Policeman who terrorises the country. Eventually Tamrat has to flee for his life, hiding in a truck full of sheepskins, as inspired by the exciting story of the Cyclops in Homer's Odyssey. This is one of ten episodes in Radio 4's poet-migrant Odyssey series, My Name is Nobody
BBC iplayer:
or on You Tube:

FEB 2017
Alemu Tebeje's wonderful poem, Greetings to the People of Europe! (first published in MPT's The Great Flight issue in 2016) has been chosen by American artist Jenny Holzer as part of her text projection show in Aarhus, European City of Culture 2017.

OCT 2016
Thursday 13 October: the Anglo-Ethiopian Society presents an Evening of Ethiopian Poetry and Music at the Flamingo Restaurant in Shepherds Bush, hosted by Chris Beckett, with poets Alemu Tebeje, Makonnen Wedajeneh and Denise Saul, and singer/krar-player Haymanot Tesfa. 7pm, all welcome.

Monday 20 June - Friday 15 July, 2016
Exhibition: Sketches from the Poem Road, after Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Deep North, with Isao Miura & Chris Beckett at the Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University. 
A second and much expanded After Basho exhibition, including new installation work and bronzes from Isao's fellowship in the Bronze Foundry at Chelsea School of Art, also an exciting new 10-metre-long one-line poem by Chris in the voice of an ink brush. Related events include a Poem Walk in Oxford, a discussion on Artistic and Literary Translation, a Haibun Evening and a children's Haibun workshop in the Ashmolean Museum. See the project website:

MARCH 2016
Sketches from the Poem Road is shortlisted for the TED HUGHES AWARD!
Comments by the Ted Hughes Award judges (Jackie Kay, Ali Smith & Andrew McMillan): "A new road to the deep north that combines translation, sketches and original poetry. This exquisite work maps with wonderful modesty the pathways between the ancient and the modern."

NOV 2015
27 Nov: Clear Spot on Resonance FM, Ethiopian music with Chris Beckett, with Jude Cowan Montague and Haymanot Tesfa

14 Nov: The New Agents on Resonance FM: Chris Beckett in discussion about poetry and Ethiopia, with Jude Cowan Montague

OCT 2015
Wed 21 Oct: Chris Beckett & Tom Warner at the Wymondham Words Festival, hosted by Moniza Alvi, 19.30 at the Green Dragon: 

Mon 2 March-Sat 25 Apr 2015: Sketches from the Poem Road (after Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North): An exhibition of drawings and poems by Isao Miura and Chris Beckett at the The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX    Full details on:

Opening Launch: Thursday 5 March, 2015  6.30pm to 9.30pm

Closing Celebration: Thursday 23 April, 2015   6.30pm to 9.30pm

Free Events Calendar:

Sat 7 March 11am-3pm: A Walk on the Poem Road

            (meet at the Poetry Café, limited numbers)

Monday 23 March 7.30pm: Haibun Evening at the Poetry Café

      with Ken Jones, David Cobb, Anna Robinson, Karen McCarthy-Woolf,    

      Lynne Rees, Valerie Josephs

Wed 15 April 2pm (to be confirmed): Basho at the British Museum

      (study visit with Isao Miura & Chris Beckett)

To attend any of these events, please contact:

JAN 2015
Wed 28 Jan, 8pm: An evening of poetry with Chris Beckett, John Harvey, Simon Jenner, Jeremy Robson, Stephen Watts hosted by Shanta Acharya at Lauderdale House, Waterloo Park, Highgate Hill. More details on

Sat 31 Jan, 7.30pm: The New Year Shuffle at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, hosted by Chris Beckett and Valerie Joseph, featuring Martha Kapos, Jo Roach, John Clegg with Denise Saul, Gale Burns, Lizzie Horsley and Simon Rees-Roberts

DEC 2014
Three poems of the 1904/05 Russo-Japanese War by Nogi Maresuke, translated by Isao Miura and Chris Beckett, are included in the latest issue of Modern Poetry in Translation "The Singing of the Scythe":

Mon 1 Dec, 8pm: Chris will read his commended poem The day they murdered Assefa Maru at the Troubadour International Poetry Competition prize-giving hosted by Anne-Marie Fyfe with judges Neil Astley and Amy Wack

NOV 2014
Wed 5th Nov, Wimborne Literary Festival, Dorset: Chris Beckett, Annie Freud and Aidan Andrew Dun, from 7.30pm at the Old School, Manswood, Wimborne BH21 5BB.

SEP 2014
6 Sept: Poetry Book Fair, Conway Hall, London: poetry reading with Carcanet poets Helen Tookey, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Chris Beckett.   Details on:

JULY 2014 
Sunday 6 July, Ledbury Festival: 4.14-5.15 pm: 50 Shades of Gay, with Kei Miller, Gregory Woods, Caroline Bird and Chris Beckett, chaired by Michael Schmidt, 7.45-8.45 pm: Reading with Kei Miller, Gregory Woods, Caroline Bird and Chris Beckett, JUNE 2014

Read Chris' review of a heart-rending poetry collection, Her Birth, by Rebecca Goss on Londongrip:

MAY 2014 
Sat 31 May: The Early Summer Shuffle at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, from 7.30pm, hosted by Chris Beckett and Valerie Josephs, featuring: Sasha Dugdale, Tim Dooley, Helen Tookey, Shazea Quraishi, Angela Conway, Alemu Tebeje Ayele and Ian Cartland

Jan 2014
Chris' review of two intriguing Arrowhead collections by Anne Ryland and Nancy Mattson 
posted on Londongrip:

Sat 25th Jan, 7.30 pm: The New Year Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, hosted by Chris Beckett featuring Barbara Marsh, Karen McCarthy Woolf, John McCullough, Martha Sprackland, Okey Nzelu, Stuart McKenzie and Anita Pati

OCT 2013
24 Oct, from 7.30pm: Brick Lane Poets Go To Covent Garden, at the Poetry Café, hosted by Fran Isherwood and Jude Cowan Montague. Other readers include Kirsten Irving, Altea Grau Vidal and Bernadette Reed.

Sat 19 Oct: Annie Freud's Night of the Killer B's at Slader's Yard in Bridport, Dorset with  Simon Barraclough, Alan Buckley and Chris Beckett.

SEP 2013
Sat 29 Sep, The Shuffle at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden. Other readers include Julia Bird, Nick Makoha, Jude Cowan Montague, June Lausch, Sarah Westcott and Abigail Morley.

Chris' review for Londongrip of Stephen Knight's brilliant collection, The Prince of Wails, from CB Editions:

JULY 2013
Chris's translation of Aimé Césaire's wonderful poem Éthiopie is featured in the summer issue, Modern Poetry in Translation.  Podcast:

JUNE 2013
Sun 2 June, 3pm at Keats House, Hampstead: Chris will read translations of Aimé Césaire and poems from Ethiopia Boy for Modern Poetry in Translation, together with Frances Leviston and Fiona Sze-Lorrain, introduced by Sasha Dugdale.

MAY 2013
Fri 31: Chris's prose piece about returning to Ethiopia after 40 years, Looking for Abebe, is on the Carcanet blog:

Thurs 30 May, 7pm: Chris is reading for the Poetry Appreciation Group at Stoke Newington Library, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JS

APRIL 2013
Thurs 18 April: Chris will read translations of Amharic poems by Bewketu Seyoum and Zewdu Milikit at the launch of the spring 2013 issue of Poetry Review, at Keats House, Hampstead, from 6.30pm.

Fri 5 April: Chris is one of Ian McMillan's guests on The Verb on BBC Radio 3 from 10pm. Other guests are novelist Jeet Thayil, performance artist Lowri Evans and writer James Ward. 

MARCH 2013
The launch of Ethiopia Boy at the Theodore Bullfrog off Villiers Street, London, from 6.30pm on Thursday 21st March. Chris will be introduced by David Constantine.

FEB 2013
Thurs 28 Feb, 7pm at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes: Chris is reading for Structo literary magazine together with Christine De Luca and Olivia McCannon  

SEPT 2012
Chris will read some poems for the Anglo-Ethiopian Society Book Club on 3 September in the Ethiopian Community Centre, 2A Lithos Road, London NW3 6EF

JUNE 2012
Bewketu Seyoum (whose work Chris has translated for Modern Poetry in Translation) will represent Ethiopia at the Poetry Parnassus festival at Southbank Centre in London from 25 June to 1 July. Full details on the Southbank Centre:
Tuesday 26 June 1pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall roof terrace: Lunch Poems, Tales of fire and ice Wednesday 27 June 8pm: Modern Poetry in Translation launch in the Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, level 5 

Sunday 1 July 6pm Clore Ballroom, Level 2 Royal Festival Hall: Word from Africa 

Tuesday 3 July 8pm, QEH, Word Sound Power with Baaba Maal and Lemn Sisay

He will also read in Kendal on 5 July and Manchester on 10 July, details to follow.

APRIL 2012
Thurs 26 April, AMBIT magazine launch at The Owl Bookshop, 207/209 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 from 7pm

DEC 2011
Read Chris' review of Tamar Yoseloff's wonderful new collection The city with horns on

NOV 2011
26 Nov: The Shuffle Anthology 2011 launch at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden, introduced by Gale Burns, Jacqueline Saphra and Amy Key. Other readers include Anna Johnsen, Ed Barker, Cheryl Moskewitz, Chrissy Williams, Olli Hazzard.

AUG 2011
Chris' poem "Boast of the Fly-Whisk" which was published in Smiths Knoll 46 will appear in The Best British Poetry 2011, due out from Salt next month.

Chris is reading music-themed poems at Roddy Lumsden's BroadCast at 7.30 pm on 5 August at the Betsy Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL

APRIL 2011
Wed 6 April: PEN International and Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry and the State, introduced by David and Helen Constantine, at 6.30 pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Other readers include Stephen Watts, Sasha Dugdale, Martina Thompson and Michael Foley