Isobel’s work is gently pervasive. She reads with a confidence and firmness that belies the lyrical lilt of her poetry. Every consonant of her finely-tuned lines is articulated.—Tom Chivers, Director of Penned in the Margins, London.
New events coming soon. I'm always happy to consider invitations to readings at festivals and schools, and for teaching workshops, so do contact me via the Contact Page of this website.
ALREADY BEEN & GONE:
WHAT WAS ON (earlier in 2018 ...)
Saturday 28 July 2018, The Sizzling Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe
Come along to a summer night of poetry in the Shuffle series – hosted by Chris Beckett and Lynne Hjelmgaard – with Isobel Dixon, Chrissy Williams, Mark Waldron, Anne Berkeley, Declan Ryan, Selina Rodriguez and Adil Hussain.
The newly refurbished Poetry Cafe event room is a lovely space – with air-conditioning!
Saturday 28 July, 19:30–22:00 pm
The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
£7/£5 on the door.
Friday 13 July 2018, VERTIGINOUS at the BFI, Southbank, London
A multi-poet, multi-media poetic interpretation of Hitchcock's Vertigo on its 60th Anniversary
Friday 13 July, 19:00–20:00
BFI Southbank, Blue Room (upstairs from the Ticket Office)
Tickets available from the BFI Box Office or online here.
£8 for the Vertiginous show alone, or you can buy a joint ticket with the later screening of Vertigo on Fri 13 July (Film starts 20:30 in NFT1 £15, Concessions £12; BFI Members pay £2 less).
To mark the 60th anniversary of Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock’s intense and disturbing masterpiece of obsession, manipulation and loss, six cinephile poets reinterpret the film in performance, with original music, and images.
Vertiginous was devised by Simon Barraclough and the show features Mona Arshi, Dzifa Benson, Isobel Dixon, Chris McCabe, Chrissy Williams and Simon Barraclough in live performance, with visuals and music.
Original music by Oli Barrett and Simon Barraclough.
With the kind support of the BFI and The Poetry Society and ably assisted by John Canfield.
Saturday 16 June 2018, I See You Seeing Me: Engaging the Female Gaze in Visual Art and Poetry
9:30–18:00, Saturday 16 June, A.P.T. Gallery, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA
For map, tickets and more information click here.
A fundraiser organised by Kathryn Maris and Catherine Humble, in support of the poetry magazine Poetry London, which promotes the work of unpublished, as well as established, living poets. This day-long symposium will explore the notion of the ‘female gaze’ in poetry and painting. Over the last couple of years, the ‘female gaze’ has emerged as a new term in critical discussions about visual art and literature. Associated with the perspective of the female artist, character, or viewer that’s different from the male view, the female gaze is conceived as disrupting patriarchal power by offering a different mode of looking. Bringing together female painters and poets, the symposium will explore diverse notions of the female gaze.
The symposium will begin with a keynote lecture by Katherine Angel followed by interviews, panel discussions and talks featuring Adam Phillips, Hannah Sullivan, Ruth Padel, Jane Yeh, Sasha Dugdale, Kim Moore, Helen Mort, Bidisha, Sarah Pickstone, Vera Iliatova and Isobel Dixon. The event will conclude with evening readings by Geraldine Clarkson, Ruth Padel, Anita Pati, Rommi Smith, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Jane Yeh, followed by a wine reception.
Thursday 10 May 2018, 'Poems of Home & Exile' at the Mayfield Festival
Isobel Dixon & Jonty Driver at the Mayfield Festival of Music & the Arts
15:00, Thursday 10 May, St Thomas of Canterbury Church (in Station Road at the Southern End of the High Street)
Mayfield TN20 6BU (near Tunbridge Wells), TIckets £5. Book here.
NO ENDURING CITIES: Questions of Home & Exile – a poetry reading by Isobel Dixon & C.J. (Jonty) Driver
Jonty Driver and Isobel Dixon grew up in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and their experiences in their native country and abroad both overlap and diverge, experiences that are vividly and often movingly depicted in their poetry. Both come from clergy families – Jonty is the son, grandson, and great-grandson of clergy on both sides of his family, while Isobel’s Scottish father came to Umtata (now Mthatha) in the Transkei region and became Dean of the Anglican Cathedral there.
Teaching is also in their blood: Jonty’s father was chaplain of St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown and Headmaster of Uplands School, and in Britain Jonty taught at Sevenoaks, then Matthew Humberstone Comprehensive School, and after that became Principal of Island School, Hong Kong (1978-83), Headmaster of Berkhamsted (1983-9), and Master of Wellington College (1989-2000). Isobel’s grandparents taught at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff, and her father taught science at St John’s College, Mthatha (where he taught several future political leaders of the country) and at several other schools in the Eastern Cape. Isobel thought she too might become a teacher or academic, but after her postgraduate study at Edinburgh University, where she completed Master’s degrees in English Literature and in Applied Linguistics (with a thesis focusing on Adult Literacy in the New South Africa), she heard the siren call of London’s publishing industry. For the past two decades she has worked as a literary agent at Blake Friedmann, where she is a Director and Head of Books; while also writing and performing her poetry. As she says, agenting involves a lot of teaching via editing too, and she loves running creative writing workshops and participating in readings and discussions at schools and universities.
Jonty was educated during some of South Africa’s most turbulent times: he went to the University of Cape Town in the 1960s, where he became enmeshed in anti-apartheid politics. He was elected President of the National Union of South African Students, and in 1964 he was detained by the security police and held in solitary confinement. Released without charge after five weeks, he left for England, taught for a year, then went to Oxford as a postgraduate student. While he was there, the renewal of his South African passport was refused, and he became stateless for five years, before becoming a British citizen. While Isobel’s journey to Scotland and then England was less fraught, there are confluences in their experiences and observation that this programme of poems will tease out, as they criss-cross similar terrain in very different ways.
Jonty and Isobel have travelled widely around the world, and many other places find their way into their work, but always their poetry circles back to the striking landscapes and troubled history of their motherland, an extraordinary country on the southern tip of Africa. Festival-goers can look forward to a rich and varied reading and lively discussion about the themes the poems raise.
Jonty Driver has published five novels, seven books of poems, and four books of non-fiction. Two pamphlets of poems (The Journey Back and Before) are awaiting publication, as is a book of poems, Still Farther, New Poems 2000-2016. Jonty lives in East Sussex with his wife: they have three children and eight grand-children, and travel widely, but especially to Southern Africa. Jonty is a Trustee of the Beit Trust, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. www.jontydriver.co.uk
Isobel Dixon was born in Mthatha in South Africa, where her debut Weather Eye won the Olive Schreiner Prize. Her fourth collection Bearings was published by Nine Arches in April 2016, with re-issues of A Fold in the Map and The Tempest Prognosticator forthcoming in July 2018. Her pamphlet, The Leonids, was published by Mariscat in August 2016. She often collaborates with other poets, artists and composers and devised, wrote and performed in the multi-media show for the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, The Debris Field. She is currently working on a project about D H Lawrence with the Scottish artist Doug Robertson and American composer Stephen Montague, linked to Lawrence’s collection Birds, Beasts and Flowers. She works as Director and Head of Books at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency and lives in Cambridge with her husband.
WHAT WAS ON in 2017
Thursday 28 September–Sunday 1 October 2017, Articulate Africa, Durban
Articulate Africa Book Festival at the Essence Festival, Durban
Durban International Conference Centre
28 September–1 October 2017
Friday 29 September 2017
15:30 – I'll be signing in the Carnevale Lounge.
Sunday 1 October 2017 – I will take part in the following events:
10:00 On Literary Agenting, with Aoife Lennon-Ritchie & Paula Morris
14:00 On Editing, with Etienne van Heerden, Melinda Ferguson & Darryl David
17:00 Poetry Event with Chris Abani, Dime Mziba, Thando Fuze, Kyle Allen, Lihle Madala, and Xolile "NdoniyaseMbo" Mkhize
Saturday 8 July 2017, Jupiter Series Reading, Brooklyn, New York City
Amy Holman, Scott Edward Anderson & Isobel Dixon at the Jupiter Series
17:00, Saturday 8 July
The Brooklyn Workshop Gallery
393 Hoyt St, btw 2nd & 3rd, Brooklyn, NY 11231
The Gallery is on Hoyt Street between 2nd & 3rd Streets, near the Carroll Street F train stop, 2nd Place exit.
Tuesday 20 June 2017, Kent & Sussex Poetry Society
Isobel Dixon read at the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society on Tuesday 20 June at the Camden Centre, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2SW. T
Readings start at 20:00 (to finish by 22:00). Visitors welcome. Admission to non-members: £3 (students £2).
The Camden Centre is situated in Market Square at the rear of The Royal Victoria Centre, Tunbridge Wells.
Saturday 17 June 2017, Launch of The Tree Line, New Forest Arts Festival
The launch of The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods & People, an anthology of new poems from Worple Press celebrating our trees and woodlands, and what they mean to people in the UK and beyond. There were readings by poets from the anthology: Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales 2008–2016), Isobel Dixon, Stephen Boyce and Michael McKimm (who also edited the anthology). The Tree Line celebrates the Woodland Trust’s new Charter for Trees Woods and People designed to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Forest Charter, and has a Foreword from Clive Anderson, who is President of the Woodland Trust.
In 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Charter of the Forest, the Woodland Trust along with over 70 other organisations will publish a new ‘Charter for Trees, Woods & People’. To shape this new Charter they have asked the public to share their memories of trees and tell them why trees are important. This anthology complements this work by asking the same questions through poetry: a Charter for Trees, Woods & People in verse.
Michael McKimm invited over 60 poets to write new poems in response to the 1217 Charter of the Forest, trees or woodlands of personal significance to them, or about how trees have shaped our society, landscape and lives. In this anthology you’ll find poems about trees in gardens and along the sides of roads, trees to climb and build dens in, and favourite trees cut down. Poems about childhood, memory, history, motherhood, nationhood, law, mythology and death. Poems about turning into trees. Poems about getting lost in the woods. Poems about oak, ash, alder, pine, chestnut, birch and many more besides – a profound celebration of trees. Some of the poets involved include Simon Armitage, Alison Brackenbury, Gillian Clarke, Isobel Dixon, Philip Gross, David Morley, Andrew Motion, Grace Nichols and Penelope Shuttle. The Tree Line is supported by the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a movement of legal firms who work collaboratively to improve the environmental sustainability of their activities.
Tuesday 2 May 2017, Isobel Dixon & Jonty Driver, Cambridge University
Two South African poets, C. J. (Jonty) Driver and Isobel Dixon will be reading and discussing their work.
17:00–18:30. Venue: Room SR24, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, CB3 9DP.
Free, and all welcome!
Saturday 8 April 2017, The Persisters 'Holding the Line', Star of Kings, London
The Persisters is a network of feminist poets and artists, concerned about the turning tide in the rights of women and all minorities. HOLDING THE LINE was a vibrant day of artistic activism, fund-raising (for Women's Aid) and spirit-raising (for us all), held on 8 April at The Star of Kings, London N1 0AX, from 15:00 to midnight (with readings till 20:00 and a party after!). The day raised money for Women’s Aid, a grass-roots federation working together to provide life-saving services for women and children, seeking to build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.
Click to donate via my fundraising page on JustGiving.
Sunday 19 February 2017, The Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham
Nine Arches Press Showcase featuring Isobel Dixon, Roy McFarlane, Abegail Morley and Robert Peake.
Nine Arches Press is an independent Midlands-based poetry publisher that is dedicated to publishing the very best contemporary work that excites, surprises and delights. In this ‘Lost and Found’ event, join four of their fantastic poets for a reading that explores themes of absence, loss, bearings and finding your way.
Sunday 12 February 2017, Buzzwords with Greg Leadbetter, Cheltenham
On Sunday evening, 12 February, I led a workshop and reading with Greg Leadbetter at Buzzwords at the Exmouth Arms in Cheltenham – my first time there and it was a great workshop group and audience. Greg and I are Nine Arches family – last year Jane Commane of Nine Arches published my fourth collection Bearings in April and Greg's The Fetch in October. See more on Greg's site here. I read from Bearings and my Mariscat pamphlet The Leonids, along with new work and Greg read brilliantly from his ‘uncanny, unnerving and poignant’ debut collection.
WHAT WAS ON (way back in 2016...)
Sunday 20 November 2016, Havana 10K in aid of Parkinson's UK
Not a poetry event exactly, though as I run I shall be thinking of my mother, Ann Dixon, who had Parkinson's. My pamphlet with Mariscat, The Leonids, is about her and with this (modest) 10 km race, I hope to raise funds for the research and support work of Parkinson's UK. If you feel moved to donate something, my JustGiving page is here. Thank you.
Wednesday 9 November, The Poetry of the Periodic Table, Thinktank, Birmingham
Little Atoms presents The Poetry of the Periodic Table, the second of their Two Cultures In Conversation evenings. Join poet Isobel Dixon and Dr Zoe Schnepp of the University of Birmingham Chemistry Department to explore the elementary, from Arsenic to Zirconium (well, not quite everything in between though...). Birmingham's Thinktank provides a great location for a night where we use poetry and science to examine the stuff that makes up our world. Local poetry publisher the Emma Press will create specially commissioned illustrations and poetry to mark what will be a truly unusual evening. In association with Arts Council England and the Emma Press.
18:30–20:00, Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG. View Map.
Thursday 27 October, Stablemates: Nine Arches Salon, Waterstones Piccadilly, London
Jill Abram presents three poets from Nine Arches Press in an evening of readings and conversation, the second of the Stablemates Salons. Isobel Dixon, Jo Bell and Rishi Dastidar will be reading together, featuring poems from their Nine Arches collections. You can see more details about the poets and their work here.
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD. Map and more information here.
19:00, readings will start promptly at 19.30pm. Tickets £5.
Saturday 1 October, The Music of Grant McLachlan, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
A special 60th birthday concert for composer Grant McLachlan, celebrating 40 years of his music.The concert included the premiere of his Sonatina for Double Bass, commissioned by Leon Bosch, as well as a selection from Bach`s The Art Of Fugue. A sampling of his work over the past four decades includes his recent choral piece Of Light in which four poems are set to music – poems by Olive Schreiner, Antjie Krog and Ingrid de Kok as well as Isobel Dixon's short poem 'Back in the Benighted Kingdom'. The centrepiece of the concert was the piano quintet Oesterwal Landscape, which was commissioned in 1992 by the Music Group Of Manchester, of which Bosch is a member. The concert concluded with the ever popular carol ‘Come, Colours Rise’.
Baxter Concert Hall – Cape Town, Western Cape. Sat 1 Oct 2016 20:15 pm
Part of the night's profits were put towards a bursary fund to enable students to attend the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshop. The workshop is in its 27th year and offers musically gifted young people a week's intensive training in chamber music.
Tuesday 20 September 2016, Bearings & Beginnings, Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival
Nine Arches Press presents an evening of poetry on the theme of travelling and homecoming, getting your bearings and finding your beginnings with poets Roy Mcfarlane and Isobel Dixon, who will read from their new poetry collections. These are poems of love and loss, discovery and belonging, and both poets will also interweave Shakespeare and sonnets into their journey. Join us to travel poetry's path and see where it takes us – around the world, across borders, even just around the corner...
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6QW, Stratford-upon-Avon. More info, map and directions on the Shakespeare's Birthplace website here.
19:30- 21:00. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions). Event info and book here.
Saturday 17 September 2016, The Leonids & Bearings Launch, Brighton Keep, Graaff-Reinet
A home town reading! A Great Karoo launch reading from my two 2016 publications, Bearings (poems of exploration - poetic, political, geographical) published by Modjaji in South Africa), but mostly from The Leonids (a pamphlet largely about my mother and my sisters, published by Scottish publisher Mariscat). This will also be very much a celebration of my mother, who died at our home in Graaff-Reinet in May 2015. A short reading and morning tea, in a lovely Graaff-Reinet setting.
11:30-12:30, Brighton Keep, 72 Somerset Street, Graaff-Reinet.
Facebook event details here. Free but books will be on sale. Join us for morning tea, cake and poetry!
Wednesday 14 September 2016, The Leonids & Bearings Launch, ArtKaroo Gallery, Oudtshoorn
A return to my sister Janet Dixon's art gallery, ArtKaroo, for a Little Karoo launch reading from my two 2016 publications, Bearings (poems of exploration – poetic, political, geographical) published by Modjaji in South Africa), but mostly from The Leonids (a pamphlet largely about my mother and my sisters, published by Scottish publisher Mariscat). This will also be very much a celebration of my mother, who died at our home in Graaff-Reinet in May 2015. A short reading and a glass of wine, and a chance to see some fine Karoo art.
18:30 at ArtKaroo, 54 Baron van Reede St, Prince Vincent Building, Oudtshoorn.
Facebook event details here. Free, but books will be for sale. Join us for art, poetry and a glass of wine!
See report in Die Hoorn here.
Wednesday 17 August 2016, Six Poets at the Fruitmarket, Edinburgh
Step away from the Festival hubbub, into a world of art and poetry. In this popular annual event at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Isobel Dixon and Rob Mackenzie will be hosting and reading with poets Tessa Berring, Clare Best, Eliza Kentridge and Alan Gillis. The night will include new work by the poets, as well as a fresh art-themed poem from each poet, linked to the the gallery's current exhibition by Mexican sculptor, Damián Ortega. Come early to see the exhibition before the poetry! There will be a bar, art, poetry and the special Fruitmarket Gallery festival atmosphere!
Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF (next to Waverley Station). 19:00 for 19:30 reading start.
FREE (though we will pass round the hat for a donation to the cause of art and poetry!)
Come on the night, or let us know on the Facebook Event page or the Fruitmarket Gallery's Eventbrite.
Friday 12 August 2016, The Leonids Launch, Blackwells, South Bridge, Edinburgh
Mariscat hosted the launch of The Leonids, a pamphlet mostly about my mother, Ann Dixon, seventeen poems about being a daughter and a sister, about depression and recovery, old age and love. I was delighted to return to Blackwells, South Bridge, for this launch, and grateful to Blackwells and Hamish Whyte of Mariscat. The shop used to be James Thins when I studied in Edinburgh – the shop where I spent hours browsing the poetry and literature sections, and where I bought many of my favourite books: David Jones's In Parenthesis, and various Collecteds by Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney. This is also where I first saw poets like Adrienne Rich and Douglas Dunn read – so it was a huge thrill to celebrate this new book there.
'These beautiful poems, their imaginative energy, crystalline natural imagery and purity of line evoking the past and invoking a sense of personal and sororial loss, are in turn celebratory and revelatory. Recalling her parents with insight and tenderness – startlingly elegising her father and in conjuring up her mother's presence and strength, unselfconsciously mirroring her own – Isobel Dixon instils both heartbreak and exhilaration. And in extending her poetic frontiers she ever more vibrantly consolidates her roots.' – Stewart Conn, poet and playwright
Blackwells, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS Time: 18:00 for 18:30, with a short reading and refreshments, till 20:00.
Free, but do register on Eventbrite here. For more information, or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 11 August 2016, The Late Stage Cabaret Edinburgh
I joined the Late Stage Cabaret Crew on Thursday 11 August at the New Town Theatre (Venue 7). ‘A catharsis of cultural creativity from Scotland's capital city! Each evening, host and hero of the Edinburgh music scene, Paul Montague, will bring you an eclectic mix of performances and styles. Showcasing Edinburgh's songwriting and spoken word communities – fused with hand-picked acts from the plethora of performers from this year's Festival Fringe – giving an insight into the macrocosm that is Edinburgh's vibrant artistic community. Beautiful music, played by people passionate about music; words, crafted by people who care about language; lunacy, performed by lunatics unafraid of the moon.’
Monday 11 July 2016, Cafe Writers with Dixon, Morley & Webb, Norwich
Isobel Dixon will be reading at the Cafe Writers series in Norwich with fellow Nine Arches poets Julia Webb and Abegail Morley. All three poets have new collections out this year and will also read from new work. Julia is resident in Norwich and Abegail and Isobel will be visiting Norwich for the event.
Take 5, 17 Tombland, Norwich, NR3 1HF (upstairs function room) 19:30. Entry only £2.00.
Sunday 3 July 2016, South Africa Spotlight, Ledbury Poetry Festival
Isobel Dixon read with fellow South African poets Gabeba Baderoon and Toni Stuart at the South Africa Spotlight event on the Sunday of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
18:00–19:30, with a short interval: £9. Book tickets here. Burgage Hall, ChurchLane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW
Toni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator. Most recently she collaborated with the flamenco company dotdotdot dance as part of the Sadler's Wells Wild Card Nights. She will be reading work from Krotoa-Eva's Suite – a Cape jazz poem in three movements – a collection she is currently working on, which tells the largely unknown story of the 17th century Khoi woman Krotoa-Eva who played a significant role in South Africa's history during the time of the first Dutch settlers.
Gabeba Baderoon is an award-winning poet and scholar and author of the poetry collections, The Dream in the Next Body and A Hundred Silences, and the monograph Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-apartheid. She says, ‘I have been working on a new collection of poems, tentatively titled Axis and Revolution. They still feel tender, with new skin, and I will share some of them with the audience at Ledbury. The poems in the collection speak of losing love and memory and the fragile apparatus of identity on which we hang so much.’
Isobel Dixon’s A Fold in the Map and her new collection Bearings have poems which relate to South Africa, the history of patients and political prisoners on Robben Island, poems about the damage of apartheid, the horror of state-sanctioned assassination by police and a short poem about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She also writes vividly about travel, nature and family. She has a pamphlet forthcoming from Mariscat, The Leonids, about her mother, while A Fold in the Map was about her father. Common themes for discussion at this fascinating event are politics and apartheid history, parents, and love, of course!
See the full Ledbury Poetry Festival Programme here.
Friday 1 July 2016, Ledbury Poetry Festival
Isobel Dixon reads her poem 'Late Knowledge' and Gabeba Baderoon's 'The Song of the Husband' from the Ledbury Poetry Festival's 20th anniversary anthology HWAET! (Bloodaxe, 2016) as part of the opening events on Friday. Hwaet! is the opening line of Beowulf – meaning Listen Here! It is the title for the Ledbury Poetry Festival Anthology featuring 192 poets from all over the world who have performed at Ledbury since the Festival started 20 years ago. This is apt considering that for twenty years Ledbury Poetry Festival has invited audiences to listen to the best, the most exciting and the most promising international poets and performers. The Festival will launch with an anthology reading introduced by publisher Neil Astley and editor Mark Fisher, featuring poets including Penelope Shuttle, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Philip Rush, Toni Stuart, Kim Moore, Alison Brackenbury, Hannah Lowe, Ruth Padel, Daljit Nagra, Isobel Dixon, Jonathan Edwards, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Fleur Adcock, Festival poet in residence Jacob Polley, and many more.
13–15 May 2016, Franschhoek Literary Festival, South Africa
Friday 13 May 2016
10:00  Schools: Poetry – Write, read, hear (Protea Hotel 2)
Poetry was not written to be dull. Finuala Dowling (Notes from the Dementia Ward) leads the discussion on the ways that poetry can be brought to life, for maximum insight and pleasure, with fellow poets Linda Kaoma (Badilisha Poetry X-change), Isobel Dixon (Bearings) and Wendy Woodward (A Saving Bannister).
11:30  Schools: Poetry for Life Competition Finals (Church Hall) Special event, ending by 14:00
Finuala Dowling (host) and judges Isobel Dixon, Leon de Kock and Quentin Williams, and Celia van Druten (accuracy), oversee the finals in this high school competition to encourage the learning of poetry by heart.
14:30  The nature of poetry (Protea Hotel 2)
UCT scholar Hedley Twidle discusses the themes of nature in the poetry of the late Stephen Watson (A Writer’s Diary) with Isobel Dixon and her new collection, Bearings.
17:30–19:30 Essence Cafe Reading (Essence Cafe)
Several poets will read each for 10 minutes in this popular Friday night event at Essence Cafe. I'll be reading in the early part of the evening. Essence Cafe Shop, 7 Huguenot Square, Huguenot Street, Franschhoek.
Saturday 14 May 2016
11:30  Speaking up or writing down (Protea Hotel 2)
Primrose Mrwebi speaks with fellow poets Blaq Pearl, Isobel Dixon and Olajumoke Verissimo on the differing styles and delivery of spoken and written poetry.
Sunday 15 May 2016
10:00  'The ears of my ears awake' (Protea Hotel 2)
Channeling the words of e.e. cummings, Karin Schimke (Bare & Breaking) in discussion with poets Isobel Dixon (Bearings), Khadija Heeger and Primrose Mrwebi about their moment of first 'hearing' poetry — when their ears were opened to the magic of poetry, and how it inspired them to write their own poems.
13:00  Breaking the barrier (Hospice Hall)
Christopher Hope asks publishing agent Isobel Dixon (Blake Friedmann Literary Agency) and South African author Niq Mhlongo (Affluenza) what it takes to get a book published in the global market.
Monday 9 May 2016, Off-the-Wall Reading Observatory, Cape Town
Isobel Dixon will be featured reader at Off-the-Wall in Observatory – her first South African reading from her new collection Bearings, published by Modjaji Books.
19:30 @TAAC – Methodist Minor Hall, Wesley Rd, Observatory, Cape Town.
Sunday 24 April 2016, Nine Arches Showcase at Wenlock Poetry Festival
With more than fifty poetry collections under their belt, Nine Arches Press (last year’s Publisher in Residence) returns to Wenlock with three new collections from Isobel Dixon, Julia Webb and Abegail Morley. Encompassing themes of loss, travel, mythology and sisterhood, each collection is distinct, memorable and inviting. Come along for the ride on what should be an irresistible and imaginative journey!
10:30–11:15. Wenlock Pottery Old Chapel House, Sheinton Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6HT, £8.
8 April 2016, Launch of Bearings at the Yorkshire Grey, London
Launch of Bearings, with refreshments and readings, upstairs at the Yorkshire Grey pub, London.