Ann Barlow

Ann BarlowFor the last 20 years of my working life I was a librarian at Goldsmiths College, New Cross. On retiring , I decided I wanted to have more to do with poetry. I found details of Shortlands Poetry Circle in the Bromley Arts Council Diary. I still remember the two poems I read at my first meeting in September 1995: Edwin Muir’s “The horses” and “Spellbound” by Emily Bronte.

Some of my favourite poems are: “Rondeau” (Jenny kissed me) by James Leigh Hunt, “The Roman Centurion’s Song” by Rudyard Kipling and “Horatius (kept the bridge” by Lord Macaulay. I have found that poets I thought I did not like, improve on listening to others reading them in an afternoon. Being a member has made me more familiar with contemporary poets, which encourages me to go to hear them reading.

I have in the past served on the Committee as a general member (2 years), President (4 years) and Treasurer (1 year). I currently print out the termly Programmes to distribute to members, and research biographies of the poets that we read every other meeting. With Muriel Letman I have organised some Circle members to give two Poetry Readings at St George’s church, Beckenham.

Shortlands Poetry Circle is one of the most enjoyable parts of my life.

Ann Barlow


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