Saturday, 16 June 2012

Ordinary Magic - now available!

If you would like to purchase Ordinary Magic please email:

£7.00 plus P&P per copy

Also, please email if you would like to arrange a reading

Thank you

Poets Unlimited
Jim Alderson * Fay Avsec *  Margaret Beston
Angela Croft * Susan Hughes * Sylvia Rowbottom
Fraser Southey * Norman Staines * Wisty Thomas
Karina Vidler * Linda White

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


Fraser Southey, one of our eleven, will be reading a couple of his poems from Ordinary Magic, along with new material,  at Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town on Sunday 29th April - kick off at 7.30pm.

Also featured is Joe Cullen - a good friend of Poets Unlimited. All welcome. Details below:

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Join us at our next reading of ORDINARY MAGIC

Poets Unlimited

Jim Alderson  Fay Avsec  Margaret Beston
Angela Croft  Sylvia Rowbottom
Fraser Southey  Norman Staines  Wisty Thomas
Karina Vidler  Linda White

invite you to a reading from their new anthology


Thurs 17 November 2011 at 7.00 pm
at The Poetry Cafe
22 Betterton Street, WC2
Tube: Covent Garden

Doors open at 7.00 pm for 7.30 readings
Admission: £2.00

Open mic: If you would like to read, please arrive by 7.00 pm to register.
Limited spots. One poem, 40 lines max.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Poets Unlimited at Rhythm & Muse - 29 Sept 2011

Rhythm & Muse

celebrates publication of the anthology


by Poets Unlimited

@ The Ram Jam Club

Thursday 29 September 2011

8.00pm for 8.30pm

Admission £6 (£5 concessions)

Venue: The Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5EE

Poets reading:

Jim Alderson, Fay Avsec
Angela Croft, Sylvia Rowbottom
Fraser Southey, Norman Staines

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Duncan Forbes' review of Ordinary Magic

This new anthology presents a rich variety of poems from a range of eleven different writers. By turns, frank, moving and thought-provoking, poems here look beneath the ordinary surfaces of life to reveal its mysteries, depths and tragicomedies.

Good wishes to you all and many thanks for inviting me to the evening of the launch which I felt went so well.

Duncan Forbes' work includes ‘Lifelines: Selected Poems’ (Enitharmon) drawn from five previous collections. Recipient of a Gregory Award, TLS/Blackwells Prize, Stephen Spender Times Translation Prizes and a Hawthornden Fellowship, he is also a painter.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Jane Draycott comments on Ordinary Magic

' ... many congratulations to all of you - a real achievement. The poems all work very well together, but also have a kind of incremental unity in the way they work almost in 'chapters' of each individual poet.  You're obviously a strong group - keep the torch burning... '

Jane Draycott's translation of Pearl has just been published by Carcanet Oxford Poets

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Ian Duhig reviews Ordinary Magic

...'Ordinary Magic' brings together a selection from poets who are anything but ordinary: they draw on a truly international experience of different cultures and many languages including that of flowers. They represent all corners of the societies of these islands and a host of styles, from the formally accomplished through to experimental mirror-writing, with every mood from the humourous to the heartbreaking. They have, in their own words, collectivised and stepped outside the mainstream so they may be heard on their own terms. We should be grateful for their bravery.

Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig's latest collection, Pandorama, is published by Picador