Monthly Archives: April 2015

Poetry Events in May ’15

5 May, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Keats Community Library,

Keats Grove, London , NW3 2RR United Kingdom

Poems on the Underground presents ‘Yeats and Margot’ by Cicely Herbert, with Christopher Benjamin as Yeats and Victoria Ross as Margo Ruddock, directed by Trilby…

Fri 15. Grey Hen Press. London launch of the new chapbooks Shades of Meaning, Transitions and Outlook Variable at The Queen’s Larder 1 Queen’s Square London WC1. Readings by various contributors. 7.30 onwards. Free event, all welcome.

Sun 17. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. With Sara Boyes, Mary Michaels, Katherine Gallagher and Barbara Zanditon. 7.30pm. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here

Sun 24. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. With Jane Grell + others. 7.30pm. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here..

Sun 31. Torriano Meeting House poetry reading. With Marina Sanchez and Jeri Onitskansky. 7.30pm. Admission £5/£4 (according to pocket). 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX. More info here.

An Afternoon at Jennie Milnes’

On April 21st. nine of us gathered at Jennie’s house to read our chosen poems. Poems from all periods and types were read from Cavafy through Hardy to the very amusing Peter Phillips. The good thing is that there are always some surprises and every poem read is received with interest.

Over tea there was a discussion of future readings by members in the community as we consider that to be part of our function. Many thanks to Jennie for accommodating and refreshing us. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

Member profile – Anne Stooke

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Anne Stooke on the left with Diane Chorley and Nola Turner.

Anne Stooke.

“Why do I like poetry?

Perhaps because my father was an earnest young man and the product of the self improvement movement that founded the WEA in the early part of this century. He owned a book called “The Comic and Humorous Reciter” as well as volumes of Victorian poets (He also made himself a cat’s whisker radio and took sepia photographs which he developed in the sun.) I guess he was an early influence on me. Also, I was sent to a two woman dame school where nature study and learning poems by heart were the main planks of the curriculum.

I was a teacher in inner London schools for twenty years but in retirement, my husband and I had a small boat. I was the crew, and because, to read makes you seasick, I spent the long hours between ports learning poems. They have been invaluable on sleepless nights.

Being introduced to the SPC through a friend, a few years ago, has broadened my perspective and introduced me to modern and exciting writing. I have found there a friendly and supportive group of people who accept every member with a generosity of spirit. There is no points scoring or one-up-manship and it has given me a lot of pleasure.”



Rhyme & Reason Writing Competition 2015

Closing Date: 1st June 2015

1st Prize: £110, 2nd Prize: £60, 3rd Prize: £30

Poetry Judge TBA

Prose Judge Nick Wastnage

A prose item of no more than 400 words or a Poem of no more than 20 lines
on the theme: Rhythm and Hues

Entry fee: £5 per piece (£4 per piece for 3 or more entries).

Prizes awarded for the best three short stories and best three poems.

Junior entries £1 Junior prizes of book tokens awarded for entrants aged under 18:

1st Prize: £30, 2nd Prize: £20, 3rd Prize: £10 entry form available for download at:


Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Closing date 16th November,

To be judged this year by Mario Petrucci (general) and Katherine Gallagher (juniors)

1st £500, 2nd £250 and 3rd £100

35 lines on any subject

Entry fees are £5 for adults (£4 if resident in the Borough of Barnet) , Full details are on line on


Segora poetry competition 2015

Deadline: June 15th

Results: July 31st

First prize: £200 Second prize: £50 Third prize: £30

Entry fee: £4 for single entry or 5.50€ add £2.50 or 3.50€ for each subsequent poem

Judge: Mandy Pannett Details:  poetry prose and plays index section

Also Click the link for:-

1. The Aldeburgh Eight Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 13-Apr-15
2. Divine Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 01-May-15
3. The Battered Moons Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jun-15
4. Second Light Open Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women 2015 | Closing Date: 07-Jul-15
5. Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-15

April 2015 Poetry Events

Templar Poetry Live Keats House

Date: Tuesday 7 April, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM Price: FREE ADMISSION & A GLASS OF WINE: BOOKING RECOMMENDED Venue address: Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, LONDON NW3 2RR

Publicity material for this event says: “I write in English, but the ghost of Irish hovers behind it; and English itself is full of ghostly presences.” Ciaran Carson is the author of nine books of poetry and winner of the T S Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection. He is currently Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. Supported by Arts Council England. 7 – 8.30pm Free, booking recommended.

Contact: Keats House: 020 7332 3868

Friday 10th April

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents

Indigo Dream Poets

Greg Freeman, Caroline Maldonado & Mandy Pannet

Poets from the Floor Very Welcome

Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck St, Camden Town

7.00p.m.(doors open 6.30) Entrance £5/£4          Wine

Poetry Butcher

Date: Saturday 11th April Time: 11am – 6pm Price: Free (but booking required) Venue: Saison Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Need some help with your poetry writing?

Get a slice of feedback from our Poetry Butcher, Clare Pollard. Not for the faint-hearted, our butcher will cut straight to the heart of your poem with her razor-sharp critical expertise.

Only one poem should be brought along on the day, which should be one page of A4 at the most.

Contact: Please note that to book a fifteen-minute slot with our butcher you must email


Octavio Paz and the United Kingdom

Date: Monday 13 April, 2015 Time: 2:00 PM Price: £10, concessions available Venue address: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Publicity material for this event says:

This seminar explores the connections Paz made with British literature and academic life In 1970, Mexican Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz was a Professor at Cambridge, a defining and transitional time in his career that sowed in him a life-long interest in Britain. This seminar explores this little-studied period and the connections Paz made with British literature and academic life.

Contact: Tel: +44 (0)1937 546546 Email:
Event website

Campaign in Poetry launch party

Date: Wednesday 15 April, 2015 Time: 7:30 PM Price: Free Venue address: Betsey Trotwood pub (upstairs room), 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL

Publicity material for this event says:

Join the Emma Press for the launch of our anthology of political poems, curated with passion and timed for the run-up to the UK General Election. We’ve collected poems which engage with the concerns of voters, including unconvincing politicians and social inequality. With readings from Mona Arshi, Kayo Chingonyi, Dai George, Jan Heritage, Holly Hopkins, Luke Kennard, Anna Kisby, Rachel Long, Richard O’Brien, Clare Pollard, Ewan Stevenson, Jon Stone, James Trevelyan and Kate Wise.        Readings start at 8pm.

Poetry @ the Print Room

Date: Tuesday 14 April, 2015 Time: 7:30 PM Price: £10 Venue address: Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB

Publicity material for this event says:

Join us for SEAN O’BRIEN reading from his latest collection, THE BEAUTIFUL LIBRARIANS, just published by Picador, MAUREEN DUFFY reading from ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, published by Enitharmon Press and a chance to hear YANG LIAN reading from recent work …. Ticket price includes a glass of wine and authors’ books will be on sale

Contact:   0203 642 6606  TICKETS VIA WEBSITE, EMAIL OR PHONE

Dodo Modern Poets

Date: Wednesday 15 April, 2015 Time: 8:00 PM Price: £8 and £7 concessions Venue address: The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Publicity material for this event says:

Radical songwriter with the human touch
ANDY V FROST Motorcycling bard revs up for a splendid journey
PENNY FAULKNER Crafted verse from a stellar performer
PATRIC CUNNANE Wit & wisdom from Folkestone’s finest

Contact:; Tel: 01303 243868; mobile: 07769 777022

Wednesday 22nd April  Poetry at Lauderdale House

Mona Arshi, Philip Hancock, Robin Houghton, Alan Murray, Geraldine Paine and Richard Skinner  Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG

Time: 8pm; Tickets £5.00 (Concessions: £3.00)     Ph: 020-8348 8716

Saturday 25th April  Jacqueline Saphra presents


with Mona Arshi, Anja Konig, Miriam Nash, Jacqueline Saphra, Rosie Shepperd, and Liane Strauss.

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BX

7.30 – 9.30 pm Entry £6/4 Refreshments from bar

Our Meeting on March 24th 2015

This was the last meeting before Easter and the theme was ‘Heavens Above’ which prompted poems on planets, stars, clouds, night and heaven itself. Wordsworth and Gerard Manley Hopkins were well-represented, as was William Blake and we were treated to spirited readings of ‘Twinkle, twinkle Little Star’ and John Agard’s ‘Coffee In Heaven.’ Other poets visited were Maura Dooley, Penelope Shuttle. Anne Stewart and Daphne Cloag with an extract from her poem ‘Beginnings’ A poem was read from Simon Armitage’s ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land’ one of 88 poems which receives its title from a constellation. We look forward to recommencing our activities on April 28th.

Our Very Own Isabel Turvey reads in London


Tues. April 7th.


12-30 pm

At the St.Bride’s Foundation

Wash House Poets
The Bridewell Theatre Bar
St Bride’s Foundation
                                                                  Bride Lane, London EC4Y8EQ

(image courtesy of Dodo Modern Poets )