On Monday 13 January 2020, Rosie will read at WINCHESTER LOOSE MUSE: 8pm. Details soon.

In October 2019, Rosie has been invited to read at CANTERBURY FESTIVAL. Details soon.

On Sunday 8 September, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Rosie has been invited by SAVEAS WRITERS in Canterbury to read at the Pilgrim’s Hotel, 18 The Friars, CT1 2AS. 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, 5 May 2019, 3-5pm, Rosie will read at the spoken word event as part of NEON BLUE TALES at The Pie Factory, Margate.

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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, Thursday, 6 July 2019,  at 6.45pm features singer/songwriter Jacqui Selby, Nick Hayes and Hilary Rouse-Amadi.

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 Ebrahimi join us (unless Setareh’s just given birth!) along with four writers from publisher Connor Sansby‘s WHISKY AND BEARDS.


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

Publisher and performance company 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? Nancy Hynes will be able to help you out with that too!

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).

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.


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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‘.

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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!