Monthly Archives: October 2015

Camden Poetry

Camden Poetry, Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck Street, Camden, London NW1 8NJ.

Ruth Smith will be reading here at the Competition Event on Dec. 4th. having been highly commended by the poet, George Szirtes, who judged the competition.

Isabel’s Launch Reading

Several members responded to Isabel’s invitation and attended the launch of her pamphlet ‘Extranjeros’ on 9th. Oct. at the Swiss Church in Endell Street, Covent Garden. The pamphlet is published by Flarestack Press and copies are available from the publisher at their online shop ( or from Isabel herself.

Isabel Bermudez


In these poems, there is a rich sense of country, its smells and savours, its landscape and not least the personalities, customs and talk of Isabel’s Colombian relatives. It is heady stuff; beautifully written poems about a fast-disappearing way of life, ‘the runrun of lost years’ celebrated rather than mourned.



Isabel also has a poem in ‘Poetry News’ published by the Poetry Society, who invited members to send in poems on the subject of Light.

Isobel reading

The Writers ‘ Portfolio Meeting Oct. 20th 2015

This is an annual event where the Writers’ Group gives a reading of poems written by its members. The group is a thriving and very necessary part of Shortlands Poetry Circle and we have some extremely talented writers in our midst, several of them published.

On this occasion each member reads three poems and these can be enjoyed afterwards in a printed portfolio which contains their work. Copies are available for £3 each. Anyone else who writes but does not belong to the Writers’ Group has the opportunity to read one of their poems. The event is so pleasurable because it gives an insight into individuals, their feelings, their concerns, and of course, their skill.


on Wednesday 4th November 2015, 7pm
Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU


French literature and poetry have long been a source of inspiration for writers in English. Oscar Wilde wrote poems in a French style and with French titles; Arthur Symons and Ernest Dowson translated Baudelaire and Verlaine; TS Eliot‘s collection Poems (1920) contained several poems in French.

This event will examine some of these cross-Channel connections from the 19th century to more modern times, with a particular focus on the French symbolists. It will be illustrated by readings in both French and English of original poetry and translations.

Matthew Creasy is lecturer in English literature at the University of Glasgow and has recently published a critical edition of Arthur Symons’ seminal work The Symbolist Movement in Literature. He will talk about the influence of French Decadent and Symbolist poetry upon British writers during the fin de siècle, with particular reference to Verlaine’s visit to England in 1894 (when he stayed briefly with Symons in London).

Anthony Rudolf is a poet, literary critic, editor and publisher who has made many translations of French poetry, including books by Yves Bonnefoy, Claude Vigée and Edmond Jabès. He was deeply involved in the original rescue of the Rimbaud and Verlaine house at 8 Royal College Street. Anthony will discuss the importance of French poetry to him over many years and will read a selection of his own poems and translations.

Dylan Read is a graduate of the Jacques Lecoq international theatre school in Paris. He and his colleagues have recently devised a theatre piece based on Charles Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen. Dylan performs in both French and English in the UK and abroad and will give a series of readings in both languages.

How to book

This event is free of charge but booking is essential. Please go to to reserve your place. Registration will be open from 6.30 pm and the event will start promptly at 7.00 pm.

Europe House is situated at 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU and is a short walk from Westminster, St James’s Park and Victoria tube stations.

Meeting on Sept. 22nd. European Poetry

A special welcome to Sally Grace who joined us today as a visitor. Those who attended today’s meeting came with a variety of poems, all different and all from the continent of Europe, read in translation. Two of our members chose to read poems by Phillipe Jacotett and among the other offerings there were poems by Baudelaire, Cavafy, Hermann Hesse, Victor Hugo, Pope Jean Paul, the contemporary Romanian poet Lucian Vasilescu and Sissal Kampmann from the Faroe Islands. It was an enjoyable mix and an inducement for us to read more European poetry.


October Poetry Events in London

Tuesday 6th October

Beyond Words
Greg Byrne, Gillian Henchley, Belinda Singleton & Ruth O’Callaghan
Plus open mic

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

Sunday 11th October

The London Poetry Walk – from Shakespeare to Wordsworth

Actor Lance Pierson leads a guided walk between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges to visit the many sites of poetic interest along the river bank. At each stop Lance will talk about the landmark and read the poem connected with it. The poets featured include Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Donne and Burns. But the walk also features stops involving Gilbert and Sullivan, the National Theatre, the Festival Hall and the London Eye.

2.30pm (2 hours)
Walks start at Embankment Tube Station. 020 7731 6544,


Friday 18 September

Dodo Modern Poets Open October
Chloe Orrock & Patric Cunnane plus Open Mic The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX

8pm £8 & 7 concessions

Info: 01303 243868;     https://dodomodernpoets.


Saturday 31 October

Poetry in the Crypt

Fiona Moore, Roísín Tierney and Vishvantara

Poets from the floor welcome
St Mary’s Church, Upper Street, London N1 2TX, midway between Angel and Highbury/Islington tube stations.
7 pm Admission £4 Free cakes & coffee!



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

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015

Sponsored by Cegin Productions
Judged by jean sprackland & john mcauliffe with both judges reading all poems

prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket,plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with jean sprackland & john mcauliffe on mon 30th nov 2015

…for all prize-winning poets Details


Enfield Poets Poetry Competition

Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe

Deadline for Entries: 1st December 2015

Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd £200; 3rd £100, + invitation to read alongside our judge at the Dugdale Theatre in February 2016

Further information and entry form will be online closer to the deadline here: