LUTON POETRY SOCIETY - "Bringing Poetry To Life"

Founder - Mary Emeji (Luton Poet Laureate)

Poetry Readings by Mary Emeji

To view that handful of photos from my past Readings, please click here---   PHOTOS   :)

 

 

  (Dressed for National Poetry Day 2012 - on the theme 'Stars' :)

 

 

 

Aside from planning events for Luton Poetry Society, you may find me here and there...

 

2017

 

Tuesday 14th March 2017 - UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

 
Learning Resource Centre, 6th Floor, Vicarage Street Luton LU1 3HZ

12.00 noon to 1.30pm

Poetry Reading and Workshop with University students. 

Free Entry

 

Thursday 19th October 2017 (7.30pm) - LUTON IRISH FORUM 102 Hitchin Rd, Luton LU2 0ES

Reciting poems from 'My Friend The Sun'

 Entry: £2.50

 

 

2016

 

 Sunday 7th February 2016 (8.00pm) - BBC THREE COUNTIES RADIO, dunstable

 Reciting my love poem, and judging between two love poets on air!

 

Sunday 14th February 2016 (2.00pm) - G CASINO, Luton 

Valentine Dinner with 'Nine Red Presents' arts group
 

Saturday 20th February 2016 (10.00am) - CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, Luton

Reciting my poems and book signing my six books

 

Saturday 5th March 2016 (2.00pm) - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY

Reciting poems with LPS poets, as part of Lutonia

 

Thursday 21st April 2015 (7.30pm) - LUTON IRISH FORUM 102 Hitchin Rd, Luton LU2 0ES

Reciting a special poem for Her Majesty's 90th birthday! 

 Entry: £2.50

 

Saturday 20th August 2016 - Book Launch 'MY FRIEND, THE SUN'

Luton Central library (Conference Room) St. Georges Square Luton LU1 2NG

2.00 pm, Free Entry!

Special Guest: Mayor of Luton Cllr. Tahir Khan

 

Thursday 31st August 2016 - BBC THREE COUNTIES RADIO

On Nick Coffer's show talking about my new book 'MY FRIEND THE SUN' and reciting sunny poems. Catch up at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0443bct

Time: From 1.30pm

 

Saturday 15th October 2016 - LUTON CHRISTIAN BOOK CENTRE

Kestin House, 45 Crescent Road, Luton, LU2 0AH 

11.00am to 1.30pm

Book Signing of 'MY FRIEND THE SUN'

Free Entry and Coffee shop

 

Saturday 22nd October 2016 - DUNSTABLE LIBRARY

Dunstable Library, Vernon Pl, Dunstable LU5 4HA

Time: 1.00pm

Poetry Reading and Book Signing of 'MY FRIEND THE SUN'

Free Entry

 

Thursday 27th October 2015 (7.30pm) - LUTON IRISH FORUM 102 Hitchin Rd, Luton LU2 0ES

Poetry Reading/ Book Signing for National Poetry Day 2016

Entry: £2.50

 

 Tuesday 15th November 2016 - THE SALVATION ARMY
 
1 Vicarage Street Luton LU1 3HZ

2.00pm to 3.00pm

Poetry Reading and Book Signing, accompanied by a pianist. Free Entry 

 

 

 2015

 

Monday 23rd February 2015 (7.30pm) - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY THEATRE

"Music on Mondays" by Luton Music Club

Recital of my musical themed poems, nicely accompanied by pianist/composer Richard Sisson.

 For tickets, contact the Box Office at Luton Central Library.

 

Thursday 8th October 2015 (7.30pm) - LUTON IRISH FORUM 102 Hitchin Rd, Luton LU2 0ES

Poetry Reading/ Book Signing on National Poetry Day 2015!

 

Saturday 24th October 2015, 2pm - LEAGRAVE LIBRARY, Marsh Rd, Luton LU3 2NL

Poetry Reading and Book Signing.

 

 

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 Sunday 6th April 2014

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY

2.00pm to 3.30pm

 

BOOK LAUNCH of my sixth poetry collection. 

Free Entry.
 
To learn more about the book, visit our 'Web Store'.

 

 

 

Saturday 19th April 2014 - LUTON CHRISTIAN BOOK CENTRE

Kestin House, 45 Crescent Road, Luton, LU2 0AH

Time: 11.00am to 1.00pm

Poetry Reading/ Book Signing of my latest book 'PULCHRITUDE'

Free Entry - Coffee shop available.

 

Friday 9th May 2014 - THE SALVATION ARMY, LUTON

1 Vicarage Street Luton LU1 3HZ

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm

Book Signing of new book 'PULCHRITUDE'.

Free Entry - Coffee shop available.
 
 

Tuesday 16th September 2014 - THE SALVATION ARMY, LUTON,

1 Vicarage Street, Luton LU1 3HZ

Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Poetry Reading and Book Signing 

Free Entry - Coffee shop available.
 
 

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - ASHCROFT HIGH SCHOOL, LUTON

Crawley Green Road, Luton LU2 9AG

Time: 8.40 am to 9.40am

Poetry Reading and Workshop with students, to celebrate National Poetry Day.  

 

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - BEDFORD CENTRAL LIBRARY

Harpur Street, Bedford, MK40 1PG

Time: 12.15pm to 1.00pm

 

 

Saturday 11th October 2014 - TRU GYM LUTON

Poetry Reading/ Book signing

Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm

Free for members

 

 

Saturday 18th October 2014 - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY (First Floor)

 Poetry Reading and talk, in celebration of Black History Month. Book Signing.

Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm

 

 

Christmas Day 2013 (10.00AM) - ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, New Town Road, Luton, LU1 3EB

Reciting my Christmas poems - in glory to the new born King Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

 

Saturday 19th January 2013 (2.00PM) - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY

"TIMELESS DATE"

Book launch of my fourth book of poems, co-written with William Shakespeare!

Come along for a time travel through words...

Free Entry - plus a glass of wine!

 

Saturday 2nd February 2013 (12.00 NOON) - WIGMORE LIBRARY, LUTON, LU1 8DJ.

"A DAY WITH LUTON POET LAUREATE" 

Reading poems from my four books/ poetry talk.

Free Entry!

 

Sunday 3rd February 2013 (7.00PM) - G Casino Luton

"HAPPY VALENTINE!" - Organised by Nine Red Presents...(CIC)  - the winner of winners at Luton Community Awards 2012.

Featuring Mayor of Luton - Cllr. Syd Knight, and Luton MP - Kelvin Hopkins!

 

Friday 8th March 2013 (6.00PM) - LUTON TOWN HALL

"INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY" - Hosted by the Mayoress of Luton

Poetry Reading/ talk. With other Guest Speakers.
 
It was nice to meet Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Bedfordshire - Helen Nellis.
 
 

Saturday 9th March 2013 (12.00 Noon) - UK CENTRE FOR CARNIVAL ARTS, LUTON

"International Women's Day Celebration" by AHEAD Group.

Poetry Reading, and books display.

 

Saturday 16th March 2013 (7.00pm) - THE TABERNACLE, POWIS SQUARE, LONDON

Poetry for a birthday celebration!
 
 

Saturday 23rd March 2013 (8.00PM) - UK CENTRE FOR CARNIVAL ARTS, LUTON

"GHANA SOCIETY UK Celebration"

Reading a few poems, and books display.

 

Wednesday 10th April 2013 (8.00PM) - THE HAT FACTORY, LUTON

Poetry/ Music night, organised by PDM Music.

 

Sunday 14th April 2013 (8.00PM) - BBC THREE COUNTIES RADIO, LUTON

Resident Poet Laureate on Nesta McGregor's Show, to celebrate National Poetry Month of April. I engaged in the task of writing 30 poems in 30days, and read some of them on air.

 

Friday 26th April 2013 (7.00PM) - CHILTERN HOTEL, LUTON

"MAYOR's SPRING DINNER/ DANCE" - Hosted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Luton.

I'll read a special poem.

 

Sunday 9th June 2013 (8.00PM) - BBC THREE COUNTIES RADIO, LUTON

Resident Poet Laureate on Nesta McGregor's Show. Poetry talk and reading. 

 

Wednesday 12th June 2013 (8.00PM) - THE HAT FACTORY, LUTON

Poetry/ Music night, organised by PDM Music.

 

Saturday 24th August 2013 (2.00PM) - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY 

Book launch of my latest book 'FUNDAMENTALITY'

Free Entry, plus refreshments.

 

Friday 27th September 2013 (7pm) - TREEHOUSE, UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE,

VICARAGE STREET, LUTON

Poetry, Music and Dance Festival 2013

Free Entry!

 

 Saturday 28th September 2013 (From 4.00pm) - ST. GEORGES' SQUARE, LUTON

African Summer Festival.

Poetry Recital and Book Signing.

 

Sunday 29th September 2013 (8.00PM) - BBC THREE COUNTIES RADIO, LUTON

Resident Poet Laureate on Nesta McGregor's Show. Poetry talk on the upcoming National Poetry Day and reading my poem on "Water". 

Listen to the recording at 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01g0qhg(starting from 40 minutes)

 

 

Thursday 3rd October 2013 (11am to 4pm) - UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE, LUTON

 Breathe - Mind Body Spirit Festival 

I'll have a spot for poetry display, reading and even brief writings by students who come by!

Free Entry.

 

Thursday 3rd October 2013 (7pm) - BEDFORD LIBRARY, PUTNOE STREET,

BEDFORD MK41 8HQ

To celebrate National Poetry Day, winners of last year's competition (including yours truly) will be performing our poems on "Stars".

More information at http://virtual-library.culturalservices.net/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.books_reading/national_poetry_day.htm

 

Monday 14th October 2013 (7.30pm) - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY THEATRE

"Music on Mondays"

I'll be performing my poem 'Musical Snow' inspired by the classical "I Giorni" by Ludovico Einaudi (which will be played at this concert)

 For tickets, contact the Box Office at Luton Central Library.

 

Monday 28th October 2013 (7.30pm) - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY THEATRE

"Music on Mondays"

Performing my poem "Echo" inspired by the award-winning Viola Tim Ridout, who is also playing on the night. Beautiful! 

 For tickets, contact the Box Office at Luton Central Library.

 

Saturday 16th November 2013 (8.00PM) - UK CENTRE FOR CARNIVAL ARTS, LUTON

"GHANA SOCIETY UK - Kente Dinner/ Dance"

Reading a few poems, and books display.

 

Sunday 8th December 2013 (8.00PM) - BBC THREE COUNTIES RADIO, LUTON

Resident Poet Laureate on Nesta McGregor's Show.

Poetry talk on our upcoming 'Christmas Poetry Party', reciting one of my Christmas poems and in tribute to Nelson Madela, a poem 'Invictus' - which he recited before his imprisonment. 

 
 

Christmas Day 2013 (10.00AM) - ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, NEW TOWN ROAD, LUTON

Reciting my Christmas poems - in glory to the new born King Jesus Christ.

 
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR,
and thanks to all who've attended some of my events this year!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2012

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday 28th January 2012

Luton Poetry Society - New Year Poetry Reading

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

 

  LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday 25th February 2012

 Luton Poetry Society - Valentine Poetry Reading

Empress Cafe (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday 31st March 2012

Luton Poetry Society - Spring Poetry Reading

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday 28th April 2012

Poetry Reading to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare, my favourite all-time poetry inspiration. Till date, he is the greatest poet ever to walk planet earth.

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm. Free event.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday  26th May 2012

Luton Poetry Society Meeting

With special guest Mark Niel the Poet Laureate of Milton Keynes.

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

Tickets: £3 per person (Free for members)

 

 THE HARPURS, Bedford - Thursday 21st June 2012

"Ouse Muse Poetry", by 8.00pm

Entry - £2

 

TORRIANO BAR, Kentish Town, London - Wednesday 27th June 2012

Platform 1 Poetry Reading, by 8.00pm

 

FRESCOES POETRY CAFE, Bedford - Friday 29th June 2012

Poetry Reading, by 3.00pm 

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday 30th June 2012

Luton Poetry Society - Poetry Reading for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

 

TODDINGTON POETRY SOCIETY - Tuesday 24th July 2012

Poetry Reading, by 8.00pm

 

FRESCOES POETRY CAFE, Bedford - Friday 27th July 2012

Poetry Reading, by 3.00pm 
 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday 28th July 2012

Poetry Reading with...

Comedy Poet Laureate - JOHN HEGLEY

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

Tickets: £5 per person (free for members)

 

Luton Central Library - Thursday 9th August 2012,

2 - 5pm

OLYMPICS TEA PARTY

I'll be reading my Olympics poem titled "Going In" at this event.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday 25th August 2012

Luton Poetry Society "Be A Poet - History Comes Alive"

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY  - Saturday 1st September 2012

Luton Poetry Society - Poetry Festival 2012

Special Guest - Mayor of Luton Cllr. Syd Knight

First Floor, by 2.00pm

 

 CAMDEN POETRY (London) - Friday 7th September 2012

7.00pm [£5 Entry/ £4 concession] 

 Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck St. Camden Town.

 

POETRY SOCIETY CAFE (22 Betterton Street, London) - Tuesday 11th September 2012

'Poetry Unplugged' - 7.30 pm

£5 Entry

 

Thursday 4th October 2012 - BBC THREE COUNTIES RADIO

Resident Poet Laureate for National Poetry Day 2012, on Nick Coffer's show.

Poetry talk, and reading of poems.

Time: From 2.00pm

 

Monday 8th October 2012 - UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE (STUDENT UNION)

 Luton Poetry Society meets UoB Poetry Society

"It's A Poetry Affair"

Poets, poets....and more poets! Join us for an evening of a variety of poetry performances, with some musical interludes. Published books on display too!

7.00pm - 9.30pm

 


Friday 19th October - LUTON TOWN HALL

"WOMAN'S DAY - Celebrating Her Story"

Hosted by the Mayoress of Luton, with various lady poets performing.

Time: 7.00pm

 

 

Saturday 27th October 2012 - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY

National Poetry Day 2012

Reading of poems on "Stars", previously displayed at Central library during first week of October.

To participate, see our 'Home' page.

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

 

 Tuesday 13th November - TODDINGTON POETRY SOCIETY

Poetry Reading with Allison McVety, and other poets.

8pm

 

Saturday 24th November 2012 - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY

"Cold as Winter"

Reading winter poems.

Conference Room (Third Floor), by 2.00pm.

 

Saturday 8th December 2012 - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY

"A DAY WITH LUTON POET LAUREATE" 

Reading poems from my four books/ poetry talk.

Free Entry!
 
 

Saturday 15th December 2012 - LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY

Christmas Poetry Party!!! 

Christmas poems, with live carols...and a special viola performance by Tim Ridout!

Special Guest of Honour - Mayor of Luton

 First Floor, by 2.00pm.

 

 Tuesday 25th December 2012 - ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, LUTON

Reading Christmas poems from my new book 'Timeless Date'.

10:00 am, Free entry.

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

 EMPRESS CAFE (LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY) - 15th January 2011

Poetry Reading and Book Signing.



ST. PAUL's CHURCH, LUTON - 30th January 2011

Poetry Reading from 'The Love Of God' and Book Signing.

 

ROYAL OVERSEAS LEAGUE, LONDON – 10th February 2011

Poetry Reading and discussions with other poets. Book signing.

 

WOKINGHAM LIBRARY, BERKSHIRE - 12th March 2011

Poetry Co-reading with three published poets Alan Rainer, Tony Fernandez and Ngozi Fakeye.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY - 19th March 2011 (2.00pm)

 Poetry Reading and Book Signing.

 

UK CENTRE FOR CARNIVAL ARTS, LUTON - 19TH March 2011 (8.00pm)

Poetry Reading and Book Signing. 

 

ST. MARY's CHURCH, LUTON - 18th April 2011

Poetry Reading within the Holy Week Service. A meditation on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the lines of Poetry.

 

ST. PAUL's CHURCH, LUTON - 24th April 2011

Poetry Reading within the Easter day service. A glorious reflection on the the Risen Christ.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY - 30th July 2011

Royal Wedding Poetry Reading and Book Signing, with co-poet Alan Rainer. The Launch of our book 'ROYAL LUMINOSITY' written for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY - 27th August 2011

Luton Poetry Society Meeting. Poetry Readings by various poets.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY - 24th September 2011

Luton Poetry Society Meeting.

 

LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY - 8th October 2011

Poetry Reading to celebrate Black History Month, by Mary and all poets of Luton Poetry Society.

 

LEAGRAVE LIBRARY - 12th November 2011:

Poetry Reading and Book Signing.

 

 LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY - 19th November 2011

Luton Poetry Society Meeting.

 

 LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY - 17th December 2011

Luton Poetry Society Christmas Party.

Poetry Readings of Christmas poems and live Christmas carols sung by Our Lady's church choir. A very colourful celebration of the most celebrated season worldwide!

 

 ST. PAUL's CHURCH, LUTON - 25th December 2011

Poetry Reading of Christmas poems, during the Christmas day service.

Time: 10.00am. Free event!

 

 

 

2010

 

 LUTON SUMMER FESTIVAL - 28th August 2010


Poetry Reading and Book Signing. I presented my two books 'The Bond Of Love' and 'The Love Of God' to the Deputy Mayor of Luton Councillor Mohammed Farooq, who was impressed at the achievements of a graduate from the Umiversity of Bedfordshire.

 

OUR LADY's CHURCH, LUTON - 12th September 2010


Promotion of my second book 'The Love Of God' and book signing.


LUTON CENTRAL LIBRARY - 23rd October 2010


Host poet for the Black History Month 2010. An introductory talk on the 'Art of Poetry', and poetry readings from my books. Book signing afterwards. The event was advertised in the local newspapers.


UK CENTRE FOR CARNIVAL ARTS, LUTON - 6th November 2010, and 20th November 2010
Poetry Readings on both days, to an audience of over 100 people. Book Signing afterwards. The Mayor of Luton and some other MP's were present on the 6th of November.

 

 

2009

 

OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS CHURCH, LUTON - October 2009

Book signing of my first book 'The Bond Of Love'