London's Poetry Cafe reopening after nine-month refit
One of London’s most popular poetry venues, the Poetry Cafe, is reopening after being closed for nine months for a refit. The cafe is run by the Poetry Society, whose offices are above it in Betterton Street, in Covent Garden. The refurbishment has included updating and improving access, increasing capacity, new heating and ventilation, and acoustically separating the basement poetry venue from the café’s ground floor.
The Poetry Society is inviting donations to help its reach its fundraising target to help pay for the renovations. In a message to members it said: “By donating, you will be directly supporting us in our mission to create a central position for poets and poetry across the UK and beyond; our rejuvenated Poetry Society spaces will be invaluable in helping us carry out our work.”
Regular poetry nights such as Poetry Unplugged will be returning on 13 June. The first official event is on 7 June, a reading by Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley, Fran Lock, and Melissa Lee-Houghton.