Welcome To Shortlands Poetry Circle.
Over 100 years of poetry appreciation. Members & visitors meet twice a month during term time to share poems on particular topics or by particular poets. Visitors are very welcome. Just turn up or contact us. Come and join us for the pleasure of poetry in a friendly atmosphere (bring 2 poems to read, but not your own, 1 must be short) and a long chat over tea and biscuits.
President: Ruth Smith 020 8460 3062.
Membership Secretary: Christine Pope 020 8464 9810
“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.” — Oscar Wilde, from The Children of Poets.
In normal circumstances we would be reuniting in our usual venue after the summer but this year we haven’t been able to meet at Ripley Arts Centre owing to the continuing Covid 19 pandemic. Keeping a social distance between ourselves and others has become the order of the day but thanks to the Zoom application we have been able to keep safe by holding ‘virtual meetings.’
From our homes we have appeared on each other’s desktops, laptops, ipads and mobile phones and, owing to this, numbers have kept up or even exceeded their usual level. Members who live at a distance or are currently unable to attend because of illness can join in or have their poems read by others. Only one meeting was held recently ‘for real,’ This was outdoors, in a garden, and we are grateful to Janet Ryan for a rare opportunity to meet in person
Using The Links To Find Events
Although a selection of poetry events is published on this blog, the link to The Poetry Library (on the right hand side of the page) offers much more. Besides News, Events and Competitions you can search the Poetry Library catalogue and see which magazines are stocked.
Give it a try.