Monthly Archives: October 2016

Plans Are Afoot

As Ripley Arts Centre has had problems with cuts to funding we decided to put on a concert of poetry, music and donate our profits to Ripley.

This is currently being organized with requests to St. Olave’s School to provide the drama and to Bromley Youth Music Trust to send some of their young musicians. Members of our Writers Group are arranging a programme of poetry.

The event will take place Sat. November 26th. at 7p.m. under the title ‘Strictly Ripley.’ Tickets will be £10 and it should be a very good evening.

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Out In The Community.

Queen Elizabeth House, Southborough Rd. Bickley

Having put together a collection of thirteen poems we thought the residents might enjoy, four of us read them on the afternoon of Sept. 30th. at Queen Elizabeth House, Bickley. We had been invited for tea before the reading began and were made very welcome by staff and residents alike.

“Our readers getting ready to entertain the residents at Queen Elizabeth House.”

“Our readers getting ready to entertain the residents at Queen Elizabeth House.”

The sound system at the home was used in combination with parts of ours and we managed to be heard in spite of whistles and feedback although some residents had more difficulty then others. The space was large and maybe, with hindsight, some of the seating could have been closer so that everybody could hear.

Our programme began with Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ and ended with ‘The Lake Isle Of Innisfree’ by Yeats. In between was ‘Did I Turn Off My Tongs’ by Pam Ayres, ‘Old Sam’ by Stanley Holloway and Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’ When we asked for requests these were varied, with ‘Vespers’ by A.A. Milne, John Of Gaunt’s speech from ‘Richard 11’, Portia’s speech from ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ and Browning’s ‘Home Thoughts From Abroad.’

We are very grateful to Christina for allowing the event to happen and encouraging the residents to attend. It was a very pleasant afternoon and a return visit has been requested.

 

This is currently being organized with requests to St. Olave’s School to provide the drama and to Bromley Youth Music Trust to send some of their young musicians. Members of our Writers Group are arranging a programme of poetry.

The event will take place Sat. November 26th. at 7p.m. under the title ‘Strictly Ripley.’ Tickets will be £10 and it should be a very good evening.

SPC Meeting on Sept. 27th. 2016

Elizabethan Poetry and Earlier

The meeting began with a talk by Mavis Robinson on early poetry. She talked, among other things, about the metre used in Anglo-Saxon poetry and where it flourished and took place, providing ample illustrations. Her knowledge informed her choice of reading when she gave us an excerpt from ‘The Seafarer’ and an excerpt from ‘the Dream Of The Rood’ – a riddle, the answer to which turned out to be an onion.

Earlier poems read by our members were by Dante, Peter Abelard, Caedmon and John Skelton. The Elizabethans were amply represented in poems by Ben Jonson, Robert Greene, Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, Michael Drayton and of course Shakespeare himself. There was a palpable feeling of closeness to these people who lived and loved, took joy in the seasons and suffered the loss of dear ones.

SPC Meeting on Sept. 13th. 2016

This was a very well-attended meeting. A return to the fold after a long warm summer. The topic, as always at the beginning of our year. was Free Choice prefaced by a talk by Anne Stewart on her experiences as part of a delegation of poets visiting Romania.

In 2005 a link was forged between Anne (a published poet) and Prof. Dr. Lidia Vianu of the University of Bucharest . British poets would provide creative work to the students of Prof Vianu’s MA course, their reward being publication and radio broadcasts in Bucharest.

This year, for the first time, six British poets under the auspices of Poetry pf visited Bucharest to work with the MA students face to face to help them polish their dissertations and translations of poems into English. Much hard work was done by British poets and students, a continuation of what has already taken place by email over the years but so much more immediate. Each poet worked with 9-14 enthusiastic students helping to untie linguistic knots and make suggestions which were in keeping with the young translators’ intentions.

The visit, most fittingly, coincided with the 400th. anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the British poets were asked to speak about his influence on their work, a hard thing to do.

The SPC meeting continued with the reading of poems by well-known and not so well known poets from the sixteenth century onwards including poetry by Baudelaire and Elizabeth Bishop.

Oct. 2016 Poetry Events In and Around London

Saturday 8th October
Shakespeare in London guided walk

Actor Lance Pierson celebrates the Bard’s 400th anniversary with a guided tour of the London he knew. See the original site of the Globe Theatre, the Blackfriars Theatre, two houses where he lived and the very spot where Othello, King Lear and Macbeth were written. At each stop Lance will further transport you with extracts of Shakespeare’s words.

Walk starts at London Bridge Station. Tooley Street Exit.
10.45am Tickets £10 (concessions £8). Buy on the day. 020 7731 6544.
www.lancepierson.org

Sunday 9th October
Torriano Meeting House
Alan Price, Claire Booker and Louis Warren

Readers from the floor welcome
Venue: 99 Torriano Ave., Kentish Town, NW5 2RX
7.30 pm £5 (£4 according to pocket)

Saturday 22nd October
Poetry in Palmers Green,
Kevin Crossley-Holland, Anthony Fisher, Katherine Gallagher,
Christine Vial, & Sarah Westcott
Music by the Helios Recorder Consort.
The Parish Centre, St. Johns, Palmers Green, N13 4DB.
6.45 for 7.15pm info: 020 8881 1418

Courses / workshops

WORKSHOP (London)
Saturday 15th October / Saturday 26th November:
Poetry and Visual Art with Tamar Yoseloff
A two-day course run through the Poetry School: the first day for gallery visits, the second day to workshop poems stemming from the gallery experience. Galleries for 15th October tbc https://poetryschool.com/courses/poetry-visual-art-autumn-2016/