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Poetry Evening

Set in the historic grade II listed Old Westminster Library; The Cinnamon Club will play host to its first poetry event on Monday 12th May.

The evening will give guests the opportunity to hear readings from three established poets and three emerging poets. Surrounded by the book-lined shelves of the Library Bar, we invite guests to enjoy an evening of spoken word performances, a selection of scrumptious canapés and a delicious spice infused arrival cocktail.

Our host for the evening is Sathnam Sanghera, British journalist and author. He has won numerous prizes for journalism and between 1998 and 2006 he was at The Financial Times, where he worked (variously) as a news reporter in the UK and the US. Sathnam will introduce six individual poets all of whom have won several accolades and received critical acclaim.READ MORE

Our established poets:

Daljit Nagra comes from a Punjabi background. In 2004, he won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem with Look We Have Coming to Dover! His second collection, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. READ MORE

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. Her collections of poems include Purdah (Oxford University Press), Postcards from god, I speak for the devil and The terrorist at my table (all published by Penguin India and Bloodaxe Books UK) and Leaving Fingerprints (Bloodaxe Books UK). READ MORE

Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. Her publications include The Country At My Shoulder (OUP 1993), and a book-length poem At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe 2013). Three of her poetry collections have been shortlisted for T.S. Eliot Prize. READ MORE

Our emerging poets:

Edward Doegar’s poetry and reviews have appeared in various magazines including Poetry Review, Ambit, Poetry London and Magma.
He is a Complete Works 2 poet and works at the Poetry Society. READ MORE

Rishi Dastidar is a graduate of the Faber Academy and a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he was a runner-up in the 2011 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and featured in the 2012 anthologies ‘Lung Jazz’ and ‘Adventures in Form’. READ MORE

Mona Arshi was a human rights lawyer who retrained as a Poet. She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2013. Mona’s poem Hummingbird won first prize in the Magma Magazine poetry competition in 2012, her poem ‘Bad Day in the Office’ was placed 2nd in the Troubadour international competition in 2013. READ MORE


The evening will commence with from 7.30pm and readings will begin at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £15 per person which includes an arrival cocktail and four canapés per person. Spaces for this event are limited, please call our Reservations Team on 020 72222 555 or email to book your space.

Why not join us for dinner prior to the evening’s performance or opt to dine with us after the event from 9.30pm onwards and sample our Set Menu. The Set Menu is available at 6pm, 6.30pm and from 9.30pm onwards. View Sample Set Menu

The Cinnamon Club would like to extend its thanks to Mona Arshi for her assistance in the curation of this event.


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