Monthly Archives: June 2015

In and Out of The Poetry Place

The poetry Place May 26

The poetry Place May 26

Two members of the SPC have been busy at The Poetry Place, 22 Betterton St. Covent Garden.

On May 15th. Isabel Bermudez read to a full house.

On May 26th. Isabel and Ruth read with members of Poetry@3 and the Isle of Wight stanza group.

On May 30th. Ruth Smith took part in The Shuffle with Kate Miller, Anthony Powell, Simon Barraclough, Kate Taylor, Geraldine Clark and Jon Sayers.

Segora poetry competition 2015

Segora poetry competition 2015

Deadline: June 15th

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

Results: July 31st


Poetry Events in June 2015

Tuesday 2nd June

Beyond Words
Judy Brown & Steve Rushton

Plus open mic

The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY
Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 start. Entry £4 / £3concs.


Friday 5th June

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents

Soaring Penguin Anthology of Poets for the Cold Weather Shelters
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


Saturday 6th June

Enfield Poets present
London Grip launch

Derek Adams, Maggie Butt, Stephen Bone and Katherine Venn  + open mic

The Dugdale Theatre,Thomas Hardy House,39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS
7.30pm £3.50/2.50 concessions.


Monday 8th June

Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour

Smiths Knoll Pamphlets: with Phil Hancock, Marianne Burton, Stephen Payne, Lydia Harris, Chris Dodd, Margaret Wilmot, Philip Polecoff, Kath Mckay & Andrew Kerr introduced by Michael Laskey & Joanna Cuts

Troubadour, 263-267, Old Brompton Rd, London ,SW5
8pm, tickets £7


Saturday 13th June

The Art of Falling by Kim Moore, launch
With Kathryn Maris and Jill Abram, introduced by Amy Wack.
upstairs at the King and Queen pub, 1 Foley Street, W1W 6DL
(corner with Cleveland Street)
at 7 for 7.30pm Minimum Donation £1 to Macmillan Nurses.


Sunday 14th June

Jill Abram presents
RA Villanueva, Rishi Dastidar & Cat Brogan
with open mic.

Torriano Meeting House,
99 Torriano Avenue,London NW5 2RX
7.30pm£5/£4 (according to pocket)


Saturday 20th June 2015, 2.30pm (2 hours)

Twickenham and Teddington Poetry Walk

Lance Pierson and Barrie Armstrong present a 2-hour guided “Poetry Walk” celebrating the strong poetic heritage of Twickenham and Teddington. At each place of interest they will read a poem by the poet who is commemorated there. The poets featured are: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Walter de la Mare, John Donne, Alexander Pope, Thomas Traherne.

Tickets £9 (£7 for concessions). The walk starts from St Margarets railway station and finish at St Mary’s Church, Teddington, close to train and bus routes. Bring your oyster cards or freedom passes as the walk includes a small bus trip. For more information call Lance on 020 7731 6544.


Tuesday 23rd June

Made In Greenwich Gallery in association with Southeast London Poetry Network
Graham Fawcett on T.S. Eliot. 
Graham Fawcett, writer, lecturer, broadcaster, and translator (and President of the T S Eliot Society) presents and reviews the poet’s life and work..

324 Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW

The reading is due to start at 7.30 p.m. Please check website or contact by phone or email (details below) if hoping to attend, as plans are not finalised at this date.

Web: Email: Phone: 020 82939823.


Wednesday 24th June

Poetry at Lauderdale House

Shanta Acharya presents an evening of poetry from the Indian diaspora with Siddhartha Bose, Debjani Chatterjee, Mona Dash, Kavita Jindal and Yogesh Patel

Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
Time: 8pm; Tickets £5.00 (Concessions: £3.00) Ph: 020-8348 8716



Saturday 27th June

The Shuffle, Proletarian Poetry curated by Peter Raynard featuring Jo Bell, Hannah Lowe, Inua Ellams, Joolz Sparkes, Owen Gallagher and more.

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BX
7.30 – 9.30 pm Entry £6/4 Refreshments from bar

Shortlands Poetry Circle May Sessions: 12th and 26th.

Readers were set two challenging topics in May: first to find poems of satire, irony and invective, then of hope and despair. Dorothy Parker featured prominently in the first session though she could easily have been quoted again in the second, such was her wry, often bleak outlook on life. Pope, Swift, Belloc and Ogden Nash all provided rapier wit and sly comments while “Bloody Orkney” by Captain Hamish Blair robustly read by Jane Knight was a gale force rant.

Hope triumphed over despair in the second session, though many of the poems read included both emotions. Among the many moving poems read were “Where’s the baby?” by Rory Gail, a poem from “The Birthday Letters” by Ted Hughes, “The Door” by Miroslav Holub and “Watching for Dolphins” by David Constantine.

A date for your diary: Saturday 29th August when S.P.C. will have a stall at the Ripley Garden Party.

Still time to buy tickets for the Summer Meeting with guest poets Kate Foley and Katherine Gallagher. 23rd June 2.30 at Ripley Arts Centre.