Crossing the Line has had an uncertain few months. Pubs would agree to hold readings then decide that fine dining was the better option. The Shoreditch pub I read in last year seemed ideal abut, alas, the kitchen won out. Now there’s a hopeful candidate, The Apple Tree, near the Royal Mail Sorting Office and in walking distance of St Pancras. The room is L-shaped, offering intriguing possibilities, but it seemed to work well enough for the Reality Street launch on Wednesday. Carol Watts offered Occasions, her second book from this publisher, a series of equal-length poems written over the course of a year, while James Davies, down from Manchester, read from Plants, a diverse and amusing collection (the ‘plants’ being poems substituted for poems).