News of our launch events and workshops.

December 2016

BD8 Launch!

Date: Thursday 8 December
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Westminster Reference Library, London WC2H 7HP
Tickets: Free!

Join us to celebrate the launch of issue 8 of Butcher's Dog Magazine, in the company of editors Sophie F Baker, Amy Mackelden and Clare Pollard. 

It's another super issue - even if we do say so ourselves - and we'll have lots of lovely poetry on the night in the form of readings from contributors, plus our traditional black-out poem competition and copies of the latest issue on sale. 

We're really excited to be sending it out into the world, and really hope you can join us. Entry is free!

Readers will include: Abi Palmer, Katherine Stansfield, L Kiew, Matthew Paul, Selina Rodrigues, Fiona Cartwright, Kate Davis and Lara Frankena.

October 2015


Date: Saturday 17 October
Time: 8pm
Venue: Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ
Tickets: £4

We're delighted to be heading back to Live Theatre, our home from home, for another brilliant night of poetry and poeting games. Co-hosted by the BD6 Editors and readers include:

Helen Boden is a Yorkshire-born,  Edinburgh-based writer, teacher and editor. She has poems in magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland and Dactyl; and has made work in collaboration with a number of visual artists.

Jo Cornwell is a poet and musician from Devon.

Julie Hogg is a writer from Teesside. She has work published in Alliterati, The Black Light Engine Room Literary Journal, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Lemon Quarterly, The Linnet’s Wings, The Screech Owl, The Stare’s Nest, StepAway Magazine and Yellow Chair Review. Anthologized by Appletree Writers, Ek Zuban and Kind of a Hurricane, she is featured in a chapbook, ‘Dark Matter 2,’ from the Black Light Engine Room Press.

Kris Johnson is studying for a PhD at Newcastle University and writing a collection of poems which explore her relationship to the landscape of home, the American West. Her work has appeared in Halleluiah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe), Poetry London, POEM, The Lifeboat and The Irish Literary Review.

Anita Pati lives in London but was brought up in the North West of England. She won the 2013 Wasafiri prize for new writing and is one of this year’s Aldeburgh 8. She has had poems published in several magazines.

Wendy Pratt has a pamphlet,  Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare, and a full collection, Museum Pieces published by Prolebooks.  Her new pamphlet, Lapstrake, is published by Flarestack Poets. Wendy is the poetry correspondent for Northern Soul. She is also part of the womentoring

May 2015


Date: Saturday 9 May
Time: 8pm
Venue: Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ
Tickets: £6 (includes a free copy of our canny mag)

More tail-wagging adventures to celebrate the launch of our latest issue. Edited by Amy Mackelden, Andrew Sclater and our fabulous guest editor Carolyn Jess-Cooke, this promises to be the best ever issue of Butcher's Dog. 

Alongside readings from some of our brilliant poets, we'll have our world-famous* interval poeting game with a chance to win the Hair of the Dog. Come! 

Readers: Andrew Pullan, Catherine Ayres, Catherine Edmunds, Jane Burn, John Maguire, Neil Fulwood, Rob Walton, Sarah Moor and Stephanie Green

*not actually world-famous

December 2014


After the success of our BD3 event in the Poetry CafĂ© back in the heady heat of August, we present another fantastic London launch event to complement our Northern adventures! Join us for a tail-wagging night of poetry at a brand new bookshop in London, Travelling Through....

Issue 4 is co-edited by our very own Sophie F Baker and the marvellous folk at The Poetry School, and the event will be hosted by them too. Come and hear some of the wonderful work in our latest issue aloud, featuring:  Emma Must, Kate Wakeling, Maggie Sawkins, Claire Collison, David Lukens, Natalie Shaw and Sarah Moor. 

Date: Wednesday 10 December
Time: 7pm-9pm
Venue: Travelling Through, 131 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE
Tickets: £6

The Poetry School

October 2014


Blimey! Is it really two years since we launched the very first issue of Butcher's Dog at Durham Book Festival? It blummin well is. And here we are just a week or so away from launching issue 4, co-edited by our very own Sophie F Baker and the marvellous folk at The Poetry School, back in the Land of the Prince Bishops.

We'd love you all to come along and hear some of the excellent poets that appear in our fourth issue. Confirmed readers are: Jane Burn, Joanne Clement, Andrew Fentham, Ira Lightman, Lisa Matthews, Sarah Moor, Laura Tansley and Kate Wakeling.

Date: Saturday 11 October 
Time: 7.30pm-9pm
Venue: Empty Shop HQ, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ
Tickets: £6 (includes a copy of our gorgeous magazine)