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. It is a common story of Ethiopians like Alemu himself who have to become political refugees from their beautiful homeland.

It is one of ten episodes in Radio 4's poet-migrant Odyssey series, My Name is Nobody

You can listen on BBC iplayer: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mq68c

or on You Tube:  www.youtube.com/watch

Feb/March 2017

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

Thursday 13 October 2016

The Anglo-Ethiopian Society presents an
Ethiopian Poetry and Music Evening
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


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!


Link to the gallery: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/events/glass-tank/

There will be many related events including a Poem Walk in Oxford, a discussion event on Artistic and Literary Translation, a Haibun Evening and a children's Haibun workshop in the Ashmolean Museum. A full schedule will be posted here in due course, as well as on the project website: afterbasho.weebly.com/events.html


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."

November 2015

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

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


Wednesday 21 October 2015

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:  afterbasho.weebly.com


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:   chris.beckett123@btinternet.com

January 2015

Wednesday 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 d
etails on www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk/page.asp

Saturday 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

December 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"


Monday 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

November 2014

Wednesday 5th Nov, Wimborne Literary Festival, Dorset: "Chris Beckett, Ethiopia Boy" from 7.30pm
            at the Old School, Manswood, Wimborne BH21 5BB, tickets £6 each.
                  Chris will be joined by Annie Freud and Aidan Andrew Dun

                   Details on www.wimborneliteraryfestival.co.uk/

September 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 


Saturday 31 May

The Early Summer Shuffle at the Poetry Café in Covent garden, starting at 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


February 2014


Monday 3rd Feb, 8pm: 
Chris will read his poem "About the fish in Lake Langano" for Coffeehouse Poetry
in the Troubadour Cafe in Earls Court, other readers include Sean O'Brien and Vona Groarke 

January 2014

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

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


October 2013

 On 24th October, from 7.30pm, Chris is reading for Brick Lane Poets Go To Covent Garden, at the Poetry Cafe. The event will be hosted by Fran Isherwood and Jude Cowan Montague. Other readers include Kirsten Irving, Altea Grau Vidal and Bernadette Reed.

Chris will read at Annie Freud's Night of the Killer B's at Slader's Yard in Bridport, Dorset, from 6.30pm on Saturday 19th October. The other B's are Simon Barraclough and Alan Buckley. Full details of what should be a great evening can be found on the gallery's website: 


September 2013

Chris is reading for The Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden from 7.30pm on Saturday 29th September. Other readers include Julia Bird, Nick Makoha, Jude Cowan Montague, June Lausch, Sarah Westcott and Abigail Morley.

Read 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 of Modern Poetry in Translation
www.mptmagazine.com/  You can listen to a podcast of Chris reading his translation on:    www.mptmagazine.com/poem/ethiopia-612/

June 2013

Sunday 2nd 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

Friday 31st May: Chris's prose piece about returning to Ethiopia after 40 years, Looking for Abebe, is on the Carcanet blog:

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

April 2013

Thursday 18th 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.

Friday 5th 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 will take place at the Theodore Bullfrog off Villiers Street, London, from 6.30pm on Thursday 21st March.
Chris will be introduced by David Constantine.


February 2013

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

September 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 website: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/festivals-series/poetry-parnassus

Here are some of the events where Bewketu will read his poems:


Tuesday 26 June 1pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall roof terrace: Lunch Poems, tales of fire and ice  (FREE, no booking)



Wednesday 27 June 8pm: Modern Poetry in Translation launch in the Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, level 5 (FREE but have to book)



Sunday 1 July 6pm Clore Ballroom, Level 2 Royal Festival Hall: Word from Africa (FREE no booking)



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


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

April 2012

Chris will be reading for AMBIT magazine at the launch of Ambit 208 at The Owl Bookshop, 207/209 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 from 7pm on Thursday 26th April.

December 2011

Read Chris' review of Tamar Yoseloff's wonderful new collection The city with horns on http://londongrip.co.uk/

November 2011

Chris is reading at the launch of The Shuffle Anthology 2011 at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden on 26 Nov 7.30/9.30 pm, introduced by Gale Burns, Jacqueline Saphra and Amy Key. Other readers include Anna Johnsen, Ed Barker, Cheryl Moskewitz, Chrissy Williams, Olli Hazzard.

August 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

Chris is reading for PEN International and Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry and the State, introduced by David and Helen Constantine, on Wednesday 6 April 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