This is an annual and much-enjoyed event organized by the Writers’ Group. Three poems each from ten poets were published by the group and seven members were present to read their poems. It was a joy to listen to so many different voices on such a variety of subjects.
These ranged from ‘Sloth for Beginners – Lesson 1’ through ‘Spidermen’ , ‘The Swans’ ,‘Sea Voyage’ ,‘Fish For The Cat’ ‘Smile Please’ ‘Strict Watch’ ,‘Travel Announcement’, ‘Every November’ to ‘A dress that Never Fits Always Hangs in the Wardrobe.’ The meeting was also open to writers outside the group to read one poem.
Meeting on 11th. Oct. ‘Loss and Discovery’
This theme prompted quite a lot of searching and head-scratching as poems did not always spring readily to mind. The poems chosen often turned out to have elements both of loss and discovery. Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Voice’, Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’ and Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’ were among the old favourites.
One member read two poems by Gillian Clarke – ‘Scything’ and ‘Miracle On St David’s Day.’ Among others, there were poems by Elaine Feinstein, Sharon Olds, Roger McGough, Peter Phillips and Billy Collins.
Tickets at £10 each will shortly be available for this event on Sat. Nov. 26th. from 7pm to 9.30pm, with an interval for refreshments, at the Ripley Arts Centre 24, Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, BR1 2PX.
The ‘Strictly Ripley’ Concert will include poetry, a reading from a play by Keith Massey and music provided by the Bromley Youth Music Trust. All profits will go to Ripley Arts Centre. We are looking forward to a great evening with talented performers.
Isabel’s first full collection was well and truly launched at a well-attended event on Sat. Oct. 1st at The Blue Anchor, Hammersmith. Several members of the SPC were there to hear Isabel read in an upstairs room with views of the river.
Isabel’s publisher, David Pearman, said a few words. He reminisced about how he had first met Isabel at an event connected with Agenda poetry Magazine, describing her as ‘an interesting woman.’ Isabel subsequently sent him her manuscript which must have impressed him greatly as he had cut down his activities to publish only the work of poets already well known to him. He praised Isabel’s knack of catching the moment and getting to the kernel of things.
Isabel read just a few poems and even before she read people had her book in their hands. Simon ought to be mentioned for his amusing introduction and general bustling around to help things run smoothly. It was a great event and we are very proud of her. Many members have subsequently bought Isabel’s book with extra copies for friends.