Monthly Archives: March 2017

Reading at Queen Elizabeth House Feb. 6th. 2017

This was a return visit at the request of the residents and we tried to put together a varied programme of old favourites and poetry which could be read in parts. We also asked the residents to help us out with the chorus, ‘Heigh ho! How pleasant it is to have money’ from a poem of the same title by Arthur Hugh Clough

This time we provided our own audio equipment and the room was arranged differently so that we were closer to the residents and they were all facing towards us.

There was only one request, the same as before, from a gentleman who was delighted to hear us once again read John of Gaunt’s speech from Shakespeare’s Richard !!.

We only had one disgruntled member of the audience who had come expecting to be shown a Western film. She stayed for the duration and when asked if she had enjoyed the reading conceded that it was ‘All right’.


Our Programme:

Trees by Philip Larkin

A Date With Spring by John Agard

A Am The Song by Charles Causley

How I Do Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Adlestrop by Edward Thomas

The Listeners by Walter de La Mare

How pleasant it is to Have Money by Arthur Hugh Clough

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day by William Shakespeare

Poem For My sister by Gillian Clarke

Please Mrs. Butler by Alan Ahlberg

Woman’s Work by Maya Angelou

The Soldier by Rupert Brookes

Sky in The Pie by Roger McGough

I Remember, I Remember by Thomas Hood

In the Ning Nang Nong by spike Milligan



Meeting on Feb. 14th. 2017

The topic was ‘Water’ and everyone managed to bring two poems with no duplications. To do justice to the range of poems read, here is the list we write to keep in the annals. John Betjeman was the most visited poet and Isabel Bermudez had one of her published poems chosen.

Poem                                                              Poet                                         Read by

A Bay In Angelsey                                John Betjeman                           Janet Chapman

Weathers                                              Thomas Hardy                           Janet Chapman

Winter                                                 Wislawa Szymborska                     Diane Chorley

Into The Ark                                      Wislawa Szymborska                      Diane Chorley

Mad River                                   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow             Sheila Corrin

The Fountain                                 James Lowell                                        Sheila Corrin

Extract from’ The Prelude’               William Wordsworth                       Monica King

Water                                              John Crossland                                     Monica King

East Anglian Bathe                         John Betjeman                                      Jane Knight

The Waterfall                                  Michael Longley                                        Jane Knight

Rain                                                   Spike Milligan                                       Muriel Letman

Watching The Waters                    Isabel Bermudez                                 Lesley McLetchie

Deep Waters                                          Justo Jorge Padron                            Lesley McLetchie

How Often Does It Happen                Jane Draycott                                         Jennie Milnes

Flood                                                            Penelope Shuttle                              Jennie Milnes

The Diver                                              Theobold Purcell Barrett                            Patsy Paine

Passage Steamer                                   Louis McNeice                                           Patsy Paine

Sweet Thames Flow Softly                          J.H. Miller                                           Christine Pope

Heaven                                                              Rupert Brooke                                 Christine Pope

Look Stranger!                                            W.H. Auden                                              Mavis Robinson

Nelson                                                   Eleanor Farjeon                                             Mavis Robinson

Ode On Words For Water                         Barbara Hamby                                         Ruth Smith

The Dipper                                                Kathleen Jamie                                              Ruth Smith

Black Old Wet                                            W. N. Herbert                                               Anne Stewart

Man in a Shower                                       Gillian Clarke                                            Anne Stewart

On Dover Beach                                         Matthew Arnold                                        Anne Stooke

Day Trip                                                  Carol Satyamurti                                        Anne Stooke

from ‘Dart’                                              Alice Oswald                                                Nola Turner

The Bucket                                               Alan Ahlberg                                              Nola Turner

Sirensong                                               Jamie McKendrick                                        Isabel Turvey

Coming Home                                       Rory Waterman                                            Isabel Turvey

The Water Glass                                       Alistair Read                                     Marie Louise McGovern

Pleasure Seas                                         Elizabeth Bishop                               Marie Louise McGovern

Winter Seascape                                 John Betjeman                                       Liz Maliphant

Sea Fever                                              John Masefield                                            Liz Maliphant

Spring Pools                                                Robert Frost                                       Paula Piggott

Water                                                       Philip Larkin                                         Paula Piggott