Below are past events featuring Jo Brandon. If you would like further details about any of these events or to propose an event idea please contact Jo at:

Please scroll down for event photos (all by Marcos Avlonitis unless otherwise credited).

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Bradford Literature Festival 2017 – Lunch Bites Poetry Event – 6th July 2017. Featuring Jo Brandon, Zeina Hashem Beck and Andy Craven-Griffiths

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Bradford Literature Festival 2017 – 1st July 2017 – Lyrical Mehfil with Jackie Kay, Raymond Antrobus, Jo Brandon, Aviva Dautch, Lorna Goodison, Naeem Haider, Steven Camden aka Polarbear, Shazea Quraishi and hosted by Jo Bell.

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Monday 28th November – Fictions of Every Kind. 7.30pm. Theme: True Stories. Invited speakers JO BRANDON and BARNEY BARDSLEY. (Photo from @FictionsOfEveryKind)



Off the Shelf, Sheffield with James Nash and Matthew Hedley Stoppard, October 2016.



Manchester Literature Festival with Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Jonathan Davidson, October 2016.


Otley Folk Festival with Benjamin Young on guitar (photo by fellow performing poet Joanna Sedgwick), September 2016.




Bagshaw Museum’s ‘Ships and Sailing’ Poetry Competition in conjunction with Tim Smith’s ‘India’s Gateway’ exhibition. Prize Giving with judges Adam Strickson and Ahmad Lunat, September 2016, Bagshaw Museum. My poem ‘Maiden Voyage’ won first prize.




Launch of Shenanigans (Valley Press) by Patrick Lodge, guest reader, The Leeds Library, September 2016.


Poetry Evening at the Interlude Cafe, part of Shipley Street Arts Festival July 2016 featuring Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Kirsty Taylor and open mike.


Leads to Leeds – project run by Helen Mort
from The School of English at The University of Leeds,
Poetry at the Parsonage Festival, Haworth, June 2016.
Read with partner poet Tracey Martin.







Emma Press, Mildly Erotic Anthology at the Bradford Literature Festival with Victoria Gatehouse, Steven Nash, Sudeep Sen, Sophia Blackwell and Emma Wright, Waterstones Bradford, May 2016.





Chapel FM, Valley Press Evening on Love The Words
with Peter Spafford, Jamie McGarry, James Nash,
Matthew Hedley Stoppard, May 2016.

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The Learned Goose launch December 2015 (see more information here)

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Jo reading at the Emma Press Anthology of Age Launch, October, 2015

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Jo reading at the Torriano, October, 2015

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Magma 62 launch, 31st July 2015 at The London Review Bookshop.


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Jo reading as part of the Magma 62 launch, 31st July 2015 at The London Review Bookshop.


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Magma 62 launch, 31st July 2015 at The London Review Bookshop.



Jo read alongside Rachel Piercey and Richard O’Brien at Purbeck Literature Festival on Saturday 21st February 2015 as part of the Emma Press event ‘Tea and Poetry with Romance and Spice’.



Butcher’s Dog Issue 3 London launch at The Poetry Café. Readers from issue 3: Jo Brandon, Natacha Bryan, Neil Fulwood, Rosie Garland, Howard Laughton, Danny O’Connor and Tom Vickers.

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Scriggler live

Readings from Jo Brandon, Sam Berkson, Anna Beecher, Adam Kammerling and music from Hannah Scott.


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Saturday 28 June 2014, A Poetic Guide to Love and Seduction Event at Southbank Centre, Festival of Love Opening Weekend. The Emma Press’ Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction, published 2014 is a tribute to the Roman poet Ovid’s works the Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris. Read alongside Ruth Wiggins, Amy Key, Richard O’Brien and Andrew Wynn Owen on the subjects of finding, keeping and losing lovers.


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(C) Southbank Centre/Belinda Lawley


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A-Poetic-Primer-for-Love-and-Seduction cover Launch party for A Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction: Naso Was My Tutor, an anthology published by The Emma Press, 28th January 2014, Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall, London.


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(C) Adam Bridgland 2014 Reading at the private view of ‘Fables’ an exhibition of artwork by Adam Bridgland, 1 Dec 2013 – 15 Feb 2014 at The Poetry Café, London. Read ‘Girlguiding’ a poem inspired by some of the artworks on display. Read alongside Sophie Baker, Rachel Piercey, Julia Bird, Kate White, Mike Sims, Ed Doegar and Jon Sayers.


Tuesday 11th December – Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh Six Valley Press authors (Norah Hanson, Jo Brandon, Jo Reed, Paul Sutherland, Mark Woodburn and Sue Wilsea) and VP publisher Jamie McGarry


Tuesday 26th November – London, three Valley Press authors (Kelley Swain, Richard Barnett and Jo Brandon) and three Emma Press authors (Jon Stone, Rachel Piercy and Jacqueline Saphra) with publishers Jamie McGarry and Emma Wright

Valley Press at Free Verse; The Poetry Book Fair 2013


Ilkley Literature Fringe Festival, October 2012
Alongside fellow Valley Press Poets James Nash and Cara Brennan.
Here is a link to a video of  the performance.

Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair, September 2012 Editor, Jamie McGarry and Jo representing Valley Press.

Jo Reading at Angel


Jo reading as part of Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair, September 2012 at Candid Arts in Islington, London


Jo perfroming at the Skate Park at the Southbank Centre, London 2012 as part of the Secret gig performance featuring Kosal Khiev, TJ Dema, Rafeef Ziadah and a number of other fantastic performers. The secret gig was organised by the Poetry Parnassus Young Producers.

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The Young Producers: Asma, Rebecca, Bianca, Emily, Lavinia, Jo (middle), Munira, Anthony, Ruth and Zeljka. Southbank Centre (c) Yemisi Blake

Taking a bow at the Skate Park gig, Southbank Centre (c) Yemisi Blake

Jo reading at the Bridlington Literature Festival 2012 (c) Antony Dunn / Bridlington Poetry Festival


Phobia Launch at the Carriageworks, Leeds, January 2012 with Poet and Host James Nash and Publisher Jamie McGarry

Valley Press Fest – Scarborough (Taylors and Scarborough Library) 2012 with fellow VP writers

Valley Press Fest – London 2012 with VP writers Steve Rudd, Norah Hanson and publisher Jamie McGarry

Valley Press Fest – Newcastle 2012

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Jo Brandon at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2010 with poets Andrew Macmillan, David Tait and novelist Wes Brown.

Backstage at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2010 with poets Andrew Macmillan, David Tait, novelist Wes Brown and Marcos Avlonitis.

Backstage at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2010 with poet Andrew Macmillan and Marcos Avlonitis.


Backstage at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2010 with poet David Tait, and Marcos Avlonitis.

Jo performing at the I Love West Leeds Festival 2010

Jo about to read at Borders, Leeds 2009 – Launch of Cadaverine Anthology