TOAST was founded in 2016 by Lewis Buxton and Harriet Creelman. TOAST is a poetry organisation dedicated to supporting poets moving beyond the emerging stage. We found that there’s a significant gap in funding and development opportunities for writers in the mid stage of their career. We’re here to help plug this gap.
We run workshops, poetry events and discussion panels to create a space for poets to develop their work and hone their craft.
You’ll find full details of workshops on our project page here.
And all events can be found on our events page here.
Lewis is a writer, workshop leader and events producer. He read English Literature at the University of East Anglia, and now works in education teaching creative writing and reading. He has worked extensively with First Story, Writers Centre Norwich and assists in programming Apples & Snakes monthly open mic night in London, Jawdance. He has had poems published in Ambit Magazine, Elbow Room and Paper Swans Press among others and is currently working on his first pamphlet of poems.
You’ll find more of his work here
Harriet is a poet and producer, and is one of the six appointed London Laureates for 2015/16, supported by Spread the Word. As a founding member of Burn After Reading Poets, Harriet also supports the development of young and emerging writers, and as a programmer of poetry events across London has hosted some of the best poets working in the UK. She has read her work to a wide range of audiences, from the Queen Elizabeth Hall to Ronnie Scott’s, Boxpark to the Bussey Building, and regularly features at London poetry events.
You’ll find more of her work here