Monthly Archives: October 2014

Our National Poetry Day Celebrations 2nd Oct 2014

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.

Young Beckenham Poet Wins International Poetry Contest

Hannah Keyte, who is 13, won the prestigious Foyle Young Poets Of The Year Competition which is run by the Poetry Society. This is an international event with entries from 78 countries for poets aged between 11 and 17.
We offer hearty congratulations to Hannah whose poem ‘After Pied Beauty’
gained her the prize. If it can be arranged we hope she will be able to visit us and share some of her poems.


SPC Meeting on Tues: Oct. 14th. 2014

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.

Hot News – Ann Stewart

Hot News

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!

October Poetry Events and Competitions  

    National Poetry Day

2nd October

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


Michael Donaghy – A Celebration

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

Beyond Words

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

Maggie Sullivan

plus Open mic

+ Music by Tim and Mel


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: or tel 020-7731 6544


Sunday 19 October

Word Games

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