Many of us celebrated National Poetry Day in various ways. Ruth attended the celebration of the life of Micheal Donaghy at the Purcell Room, South Bank in the company of many distinguished poets on stage and in the audience.
SPC members who are also members of the North East Kent Stanza Group joined forces with stanza groups from Greenwich and Southwark at the Aexandra Plant Nursery, Penge to read their own poems.
Christine Pope read WW1 poetry at Biggin Hill Library together with members of the Biggin Hill Poetry Appreciation group she leads. We look forward to celebrating this well established national event again next year.
Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
Two poets who wrote strongly and unforgettably about the natural world and more besides. Thanks to Ann Barlow who in advance of our readings gave us a biography of each poet and mentioned their published work.
Maybe because the death of Seamus Heaney is so fresh in our minds, members chose more of his poems than those of Ted Hughes and what came across strongly was the sheer range that was represented – from blackberries and fountain pens to the funeral of Beowulf all read and shared with enthusiasm.
Anne was too modest to announce this but she has applied for and been granted a Hawthornden Fellowship. This means that she’ll be going to Hawthornden Castle in Midlothian which has been made into a writers’ retreat where published writers can work without disturbance. The retreat houses five writers at a time who are known as Hawthornden Fellows. Congratulations Anne!
National Poetry Day
Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society celebrate National Poetry Day.
from 1pm with Julia Donaldson, John Hegley, Daljit Nagra, Kei Miller, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and more.
The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
The Pity: Modern Responses to War
Denise Riley, Steve Ely, Warsan Shire and Zaffar Kunial.
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
6pm tickets £10
Sean O’Brien, Jo Shapcott, Paul Farley, Don Paterson, Eva Salzman, Greta Stoddart, John Stammers and Adam O’Riordan, as well as Michael’s partner Maddy Paxman and son Ruairi.
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
8.15pm tickets £1
Friday 3rd October
Camden Poetry Series
Clare Brant, Daniel Thomas Moran & Jacqueline Sapphra
Poets from the floor welcome. 6.30pm. Reading at 7. Entrance £5/4 Wine.
Camden, United Reform Church, 1 Buck St. 1-2 minutes from Camden Town tube
Saturday 4th October
Enfield Poets Present:
The Kings Cross Group
Featuring: Danielle Hope, Wendy French, Martyn Crucefix, Mo Gallaccio, Diane Tang, and Lynne Hjelmsgaard.
+ Open Mic
The Dugdale Centre and Theatre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS
7.30pm. Tickets are £3.50/2.50 conc.
Tuesday 7th October
Holly Hopkins & Ian McEwen
Plus open mic
The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY
Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 start. Entry £4 / £3concs.
Saturday 11th October
Poetry in the Crypt
Peter Daniels, Emily Jeremiah & Paul McLoughlin
Poets from the floor welcome
in the Crypt under St Mary’s Church St, Upper Street, Islington N1 2TX
7.00 pm Admission £4
Monday 13th October
Ken Champion & Juli Jana’s MORE POETRY
plus Open mic
+ Music by Tim and Mel
at THE COFFEE SHOP
13 Leyden Street, E.C.2
Five minutes from Liverpool St. Stn.
7.15 pm £1
Wednesday 15th October
Launch of South Poetry Magazine 50
readings from featured poets and our Profiled Poet, Peter Butler.
The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton St, Convent Garden WC1
7.30pm Admission £3
Thursday 16th October
Launch of Two Chapbooks by Shearsman
juli Jana : ra-t (performance in three voices with musical background)
Patricia Debney: Gestation
Guest poets: Jeff Hilson, Antony John
The Poetry Café, Betterton Street, Covent Gardens London
Time 6.45 for 7.15 ALL WELCOME
Saturday 18th October
Gerard Manley Hopkins in Liverpool
A study day for fans of Gerard Manley Hopkins run by the Hopkins Society
11.30am Lecture ‘Hopkins as Theologian’ by Prof Nicholas Sagovsky, former Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, preceded by the Society’s AGM at 10.30
The Grace Room, The Cornerstone Building, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, L3 8QB
Followed in the afternoon by a visit to St Francis Xavier Church where Hopkins was Curate to hear the poems he wrote there
£10 – £7.50 Society members – £5 students, payable on the day. To reserve places: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 020-7731 6544
Sunday 19 October
Linda Black, Yvonne Green, Eve Grubin, Jude Rosen and Leah Thorn.
Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London NW1 7NB
2.30pm Price: £7.50 (includes museum admission)
Wednesday 22nd October
Poetry at Lauderdale House
Helen Burke, Steve Ely, Norbert Hirschhorn, Cheryl Moskowitz, Nigel Pantling, Roisin Tierney.
Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
Ph: 020-8348 8716
Time: 8pm; Tickets £5.00 (Concessions: £3.00)
Saturday 25th October
Jill Abram present
The Out Of Towners Shuffle
featuring Jo Bell, Kim Moore, Hilda Sheehan, Elizabeth Dorfman, Joey Connolly and Andrew Smardon
The Poetry Café, Betterton St, Convent Garden WC1
Entry £6/4 Refreshments from bar
7.30 – 9.30
The Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition 2014
Judge: Ruth Padel
Prizes 1st – £500 2nd – £200 3rd – £100
Closing date 1st December 2014.
Prizewinners and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a special prize reading, featuring our Judge, Ruth Padel, at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield Town on 7th February 2015.
8th annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize
£5000 top prize (sponsored by Cegin Productions)
twenty-two more prizes totalling £2,000 plus Troubadour season tickets;
every poem is read by both our distinguished poetry-editor judges, Neil Astley & Amy Wack, no sifters, no shortlisters
Closing date Mon day 20th October
prize-winners reading – the chance to read your prize-winning poem at the Troubadour alongside Neil, Amy & your fellow prize-winner poets at our (Dec 1st) prize-celebration;
going forward – the top three poems are forwarded annualy to ‘the Forward’: Tim Nolan, our 2012 3rd-prize-winner, is now on the five-poet shortlist for 2014 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem
Enter by e-mail or post, full details http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes/