On Monday 13 January 2020, Rosie is looking forward to returning to read at WINCHESTER LOOSE MUSE: 8pm. Details soon.

On Wednesday 13 November, 2019, 8 – 10pm, Rosie is honoured to be a featured writer at LONDON LOOSE MUSE Women Writers Night in the Sun Pub, on the corner of Drury Lane and Betterton Street, in Covent Garden, London WC2B 5RH, just 100 yards from the Poetry Café. This event includes Q & A and an open mic session in each half. Tickets are £6 (£5 concessions).

On Sunday 10 November, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Rosie has been invited by SAVEAS WRITERS in Canterbury to read at the Pilgrim’s Hotel. She will read from her latest Lapwing collection Six-Count Jive and from new poems she is gathering about the north Kent coast. This is a free event (donations welcome) and includes an open mic.

On Sunday 20 October, Rosie is delighted to have been invited – as part of the CANTERBURY FESTIVAL – to read in the Pilgrims’ Hotel, 3pm, with Fiona Sinclair, Derek Sellen, Mary Anne Smith and Luigi Marchini. More details of SKETCHES OF KENT are here!


First, on Friday 20 September 2019, from 1 to 2.30pm, poets and friends of Dennis and Rene Greig will read at BELFAST’S LINEN HALL LIBRARY in a celebration of forty years of Lapwing Publications. The line-up includes Fred Johnston, Moyra Donaldson, Sam Burnside, Peter Pegnall and Rosie Johnston. Below is Rosie up the Cave Hill in her dad’s rucksack a wee while ago. He loved the Linen Hall and spent countless happy hours of his life there.

And on Friday 4 October at the CRESCENT ARTS CENTRE IN BELFAST from 6pmLapwing poets are flying in from all over the place to celebrate Dennis and Rene and their marvellous work at Lapwing for 40 years and counting. The line-up so far includes (in no particular order) Alistair Graham, John McGuckian, Shelley Tracey, Fiona Sinclair, Lorna Shaughnessy, Damian Smyth (this time as poet), and again Moyra Donaldson, Peter Pegnall and Rosie. Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, current Ireland Professor of Poetry is listed too! Another amazing night not to be missed.



Words On Waves is a series of monthly spoken word evenings at HARBOUR BOOKS, WHITSTABLE. Writers of all genres have ten minutes each to amuse and amaze you, with a break at half time to refresh glasses. Tickets at only £3 each include Prosecco and Rosie is your host. Please book your seat by phoning 01227264011 or calling into the shop.

If you would like to have ten minutes to showcase your writing at Words on Waves, please contact Rosie through this site or staff at the shop – we’d love to welcome you.  

Words on Waves with Poetry, Prose and Vinyl on Thursday, 5 December, 2019 features Agnes Meadows, Pauline Holmes, Kadir Samad and Matt Chamberlain. There will be several five-minutes open mic slots if you’d like to come and read – please sign up on the night. 

Words on Waves with Poetry, Prose and Vinyl on Thursday, 7 November, 2019 features Canterbury’s SAVEAS WRITERS Gary Studley, Jeffrey Loffman, Derek Sellen and Mary Anne Smith, introduced by Luigi Marchini. There will be several five-minutes open mic slots if you’d like to come and read – please sign up on the night.

October’s Words on Waves will be on Thursday 10 October, 2019 to coincide with World Mental Health Day and will feature poetry from Fiona Sinclair, Christopher Hopkins, poet and child psychotherapist Charlotte Ansell and poet, singer and therapist Melinda Walker.

Words on Waves is with MUSIC on Thursday, 5 September 2019, at 6.45pm – POETRY, PROSE & VINYL – and features folk singer Helen North with some of her exquisite, original songs, prize-winning author and poet Maggie Harris, prize-winning poet Mary Anne Smith and Barry Fentiman Hall of Wordsmithery fame.

From September Words on Waves combines music with four booked writers each time (ten minutes each) and open mic sessions for up to ten readers (five minutes each). Fiction, poetry, drama, memoir, published or work in progress – it’s all welcome. We’ll dance, laugh and enjoy words and music together from 6.45pm to 9.30/10pm. Tickets are £5 including wine and soft drinks.

IMG_5139Words on Waves on Thursday, 1 August will be an OPEN MIC WITH MUSIC! For just £3 each as usual, including wine, you are welcome to come and hear open mic readers alternating with musicians between 7pm and around 10pm. If you would like to read, please

  • sign up on the evening
  • to read for up to five minutes.
  • All genres are welcome! Why not give it a go?

Words on Waves, Thursday, 4 July 2019,  at 6.45pm is a wonderful collection of local talent of all kinds. One of the beauties of these evenings is we never know whether we’ll hear fiction, memoir, drama, poetry, music or a fusion of everything. We’ll hear singer-songwriter Jacqui Selby’s brilliant songs performed with her usual verve, and writing from Nick Hayes, Hilary Rouse-Amadi, Louise O’Connell, new poet in residence of Apotheca, Faversham – Melinda Walker, Pauline Holmes and artist and poet Clair Meyrick.

Words on Waves, Thursday, 6 June 2019, 6.45pm: prize-winning poet Rosemary McLeish reads from her new collection I am a Field, thriller writer Vicky Newham brings a mix of poetry and prose, poets Sarah Jenkin and Setareh Franklin (was Ebrahimi) join us (unless Setareh’s just given birth!) along with, from Connor Sansby‘s WHISKY AND BEARDSAngela Dye, Sam Rapp, Alex Vellis and Connor himself.

58708063_10219209268165661_3791338305589608448_nOn Thursday 30 May, 7pm, Rosie is honoured to join Mary Anne Smith, Christopher Hopkins and Matt Chamberlain at Faversham’s TOP HAT AND TALES, 110 High Street (just down the hill from The Sun) for an evening of Prosecco, hats and fabulous poetry organised by Angela Dye

56764483_3190825487609737_4607617030835666944_oOn Sunday, 5 May 2019, 3-5pm, come to Margate to experience a combination of poetry and beautiful art – Rosie looks forward to reading alongside Rosemary McLeish, Jessica Taggart, Barry Fentiman Hall and Clair Meyrick at the spoken word event as part of NEON BLUE TALES at The Pie Factory, Margate

IMG_E5635Words on Waves, Thursday 2 May 2019 @ 6.45pm promises to be one of the most exciting, international, vibrant evenings yet. 

From Kent we welcome Callum Beesley who won first prize at Faversham Literary Festival’s short story competition this year with Little Toffee Apple and soon starts an MSt in Creative Writing at Cambridge University. Matt Chamberlain will join us with his recently released CD I remember the green gaze. He’s currently working on a new book with Thanet writer, Melissa Todd. And we look forward to hearing Danne Jobin, a PhD student and assistant lecturer in American Literature at Kent University, who has read at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival (Queer Studio).

img_e0074From Greenwich, publisher LIVE CANON brings five of their most exciting writers to Whitstable. Gillie Robic is a puppeteer and voice artist whose first collection Swimming Through Marble is a joy. Her second poetry collection is published soon and we hope she’ll give us a sneaky preview. Andrew George is a barrister whose 2017 poem Breakfast at Theresa’s won the LB of Greenwich prize that year. What’s it like being a war reporter? Mark Huband has reported from all over the world, covering genocide in Rwanda and Burundi, conflicts in Angola and Sudan, Abidjan and Nairobi. He oversaw coverage of Al-Quaida following the 11/09/11 terrorist attacks for the Financial Times. Mark will be previewing his forthcoming collection Agony: A Poem of Genocide. Tessa Foley is a prize-winning poet who works for University of Portsmouth and has volunteered with Portsmouth Abuse & Rape Counselling service for the last 4 years; to raise funds for the organisation she self-printed a book of poetry inspired by and dedicated to the strength of survivors of trauma, rape and child sex abuse complete with illustrations by her sister Anna. She plays the ukulele and might bring it along. What’s it like being poet in residence of a railway station? NJ (Nancy) Hynes will be able to help you out with that too!

Words on Waves, Thursday 18 April, 6.30 – 8pm: we’re experimenting at Harbour Books with our very first OPEN MIC evening. We don’t have a microphone of course, don’t need one, but we’ll welcome you and your wonderful words at  an evening where anyone and everyone is invited to step into the limelight. No sign-up required, just come down and give it your all! Regular readers and first-timers all welcome,  up to 20 lines of poetry each and just £3 entry. Spread the word!

Words on Waves, Thursday, 6 April 2019, 6.45pm: our magnificent April line-up includes Jessica Taggart, Clair MeyrickRosemary McLeishSetareh Ebrahimi, Seretta Wilson, Mary Anne Smith and Derek Sellen.

FRIDAY 8 March 2019 Rosie is honoured be one of the Special Guest poets in Faversham’s Guildhall, 7 – 10.30pm, as part of the Finale to Faversham’s extraordinary week of events celebrating INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, organised by Angela Dye. The Rockhoppers lead a programme that also includes Sue de Nim, Christopher Hopkins and Melinda Walker, the Larkbirds will sing their naughty nostalgic hits, there’ll be comedy from Twinprov and an open mic for musicians and poets. Wine and canapes FREE with a raffle to help costs.


On Thursday 28 March 2019, Harbour Books in Whitstable will LAUNCH Rosie’s fourth poetry book SIX-COUNT JIVE (Lapwing Publications) from 6.30pm. Whitstable’s finest ukulele band, The Useless Pluckers, will help the celebrations.

Pluckers logoHarbour Books will be pouring their marvellous Prosecco and if dancing breaks out, we just might jive in the street. Everyone is welcome! This is a FREE event.

Words on Waves, Thursday, 6 March 2019, 6.45pm: On the eve of International Women’s Day, Words on Waves hosts The Rockhoppers –Maggie Harris, Mel Perry & Jackie Biggs.


The Rockhoppers

We will also hear songwriter Jacqui Selby, Luigi Marchini, Sally Turner and Roger Tooth. Should be an exciting evening!

THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2019 @ 6.45pm:

Words on Waves is thrilled to welcome Sam Rapp, Clair Meyrick, Callum Beesley, and our first publisher’s showcase, of writers published by CULTURED LLAMA in Rochester:

Maria C. McCarthy, the herdswoman of her Cultured Llamas, has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kent and won the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Trust Award in 2015. After living for several years in Teynham, where she wrote in a shed looking out on boats on an orchard, she now lives in the Medway Towns, and looks out on boats on the river. Maria will be reading poetry from strange fruits (Cultured Llama, 2011) and There are Boats on the Orchard (Cultured Llama, 2017); and stories from As Long as it Takes (Cultured Llama, 2014)

Anna Maconochieis a London writer whose stories have appeared in the Erotic Review, the Dublin Review and the Bitter Oleander. Anna will be reading from her short story collection, Only the Visible Can Vanish, (Cultured Llama, 2016)

Ben Barton has been nominated for the Canterbury Poet of the Year Award and the erbacce-prize, and will be reading from The Hospital (Cultured Llama, 2018). Also a film artist, Ben’s film Stella Erratica was funded by the late David Bowie, and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He lives in Folkestone with his husband and son, beside the North Downs.

Mark Holihan is a former Californian, now settled in Kent. He returns to Words on Waves, after a very popular first appearance with The Scatterlings, to read again from his Cultured Llama collection, There Are No Foreign Lands.

IMG_1883 THURSDAY 10 JANUARY 2019 @ 6.45pm:

Chase away the winter chills with beautiful writing at WORDS ON WAVES at Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent. 

Our readers include Steve Kendall,  former life model Carol DeVaughan reading from her new poetry collection Life Class (Oversteps Books, 2018), Wordsmithery publisher and poet Barry Fentiman Hall, Christopher Hopkins, Angela Dye & Caroline Millar with something new, if there’s time, from Rosie herself.

Book your seat by phoning 01227264011 or calling into the shop.



THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER 2018 @ 6.45pm:

Escape from your festive pressures with mince pies, wine and wonderful writing at WORDS ON WAVES at Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent. Our magnificent line-up includes Leicester poet, tutor and Magma prize winner (2015) Pam Thompson, Sue Rose from Herne Bay (published by Cinnamon and Hercules Editions), Derek Sellen reading from his new Cultured Llama collection, The Other Guernica, Isabelle Defaut, Melina Walker, Roger Tooth and Mary Anne Smith.

Book your seat by phoning 01227264011 or calling into the shop.


On THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2018, in the CAA in Bedford Street, WC2 at 8pm, Greenwich publisher Live Canon will launch their exciting Christmas anthology – including Rosie’s new poem Beach Hut Christmas. Please let Rosie know if you’d like to come (to help caterers) and she’ll ask for you to be added to the list.


PETER PEGNALL’S BRIGHT SCARF will be reading at the Poetry Cafe in Betterton Street, WC2, home of the Poetry Society, on Saturday 6 October 2018.


Peter Pegnall, Dominic James, Quentin Cowdry and Rosie will read between 7.30 and 9.30pm with, as the Cafe says, a break to ensure a comfortable and well-hydrated crowd. Peter says, ‘like any supergroup, Bright Scarf poets harmonise and clash, paint with their voices, dance with their words‘.

Final poster Bright Scarf 06 Oct 18

October’s WORDS ON WAVES at Harbour Books in Whitstable
is on Thursday 4th @ 6.45pm. Tickets are £3 including a glass of Prosecco and Rosie will be hosting as well as reading alongside Fiona Sinclair, Nancy Charlie, Isabelle Defaut, Dominic James and Karen Stanley.

Words On Waves is a series of monthly spoken word evenings showcasing a wide variety of local writing talent and it’s developing a tendency to sell out fast! Please call into the shop or phone 01227264011 to reserve your seats so that you and your friends can immerse yourselves in an ocean of fabulous words. Coming up in November & December, we’ll have Steve Kendall Pam Thompson Christopher Hopkins Sue Rose and more.


September’s WORDS ON WAVES at Harbour Books in Whitstable
is on Thursday 6th @ 6.45pm – tickets: £3 including a glass of Prosecco and Rosie will be hosting again.

Words On Waves is a series of monthly spoken word evenings showcasing a wide variety of local writing talent. This month features local poets The Scatterlings – Geraldine Paine (Faversham) Sue Rose (Herne Bay) and Mark Holihan (Broadstairs) – Clair Meyrick and Annie Harrison. Please do come along, bring your friends and immerse yourselves in an ocean of fabulous words. Tickets are available through the shop 01227264011



Words On Waves at Harbour Books in Whitstable
Thursday 2 August 2018 @ 7pm – tickets: £3 including a glass of Prosecco

Rosie will be hosting again at the second of a series of monthly spoken word evenings in Whitstable. Local authors/special guests to be announced. Please do come along, bring your friends and immerse yourselves in an ocean of fabulous words.

Tickets are available through the shop

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Words On Waves
Thursday 5th July @ 7pm – tickets: £3 including a glass of Prosecco

Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent is hosting the first of a series of monthly spoken word evenings in July. Local authors/special guests Vicky Newham and Gail Atherton will be showcasing their upcoming works along with aspiring writers and Rosie will be your host. Please do come along, bring your friends and immerse yourselves in an ocean of fabulous words.

Tickets are available through the shop


On Monday 12 February 2018 Rosie presents her work at Loose Muse Winchester in the Discovery Centre between 7.30 and 9.30pm. Jacqueline Saphra, recently shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize for All My Mad Mothers, founder of The Shuffle and teacher at The Poetry School, will be reading too.

On Tuesday 16 January 2018 the Bright Scarf poets will read at the West Greenwich library, SE10. Time to be confirmed. Bright Scarf are Peter Pegnall, Dominic James, Quentin Cowdry and Rosie. Thanks to Irena Hill for organising.Gallery 200817 5

On Friday – 8 September 2017 Rosie reads in the new studio space at the Greenwich Theatre as part of the latest Live Canon 154 Shakespeare’s sonnets event with actors from Live Canon and some of the other 154 poets. It’s the same format as our Diorama event in the summer – Live Canon actors read the Bard’s original sonnets and we living poets read our own commissioned responses. The variety is wonderful and laughs are guaranteed.

We’ll all be in the bar from 7pm and readings start at 7.30. See you there!