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Rage, rage against the dying of the list! In November, Oxford University Press suddenly and bafflingly pulled the plug on its successful poetry list. On Wednesday, 25 of those poets fly in from the round earth's imagined corners to join up for one extraordinary last valedictory reading.

Celebration, fist-waving, leave-taking and wake, this should be a stormer, showing in spades the strength of the team OUP has cast out. Participating poets include Jon Stallworthy, Jo Shapcott, Craig Raine, Alice Oswald, Stephen Romer, Hugo Williams, Anne Stevenson, Charles Tomlinson and Tobias Hill (above). TV's renaissance man Tom Paulin, and Oxford Professor of Poetry James Fenton lend their weight to read on behalf of the absent and dead, including Edward Thomas, Keith Douglas and Andrei Voznesensky.

Freud, Walton Street, Oxford, (01865 798600) Wed, 7.30pm, pounds 5/pounds 3 concs

Judith Palmer