Events connected with the Penge Poetry Festival.
There is a talk ‘Walter de la Mare’s Language of Music and Mystery’ at the Bridge House Theatre followed by the Poetry Awards by Giles de la Mare on Friday June 16th. The theatre link for booking a seat at £5.50 is here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/ELIHKL
Then there is the Walter de la Mare Walk on Saturday June 17, starting at 10.30am from outside the Moon and Stars pub in Penge High Street. A free walk but donations gratefully received towards the Penge Festival. We visit four houses where de la Mare lived and wrote and go inside two of them. Light refreshments in the last house at Thornsett Road.
Lastly, there is the Inaugural Penge Poets Evening at 14 Thornsett Road. Link for booking at Eventbrite (£5.00 includes a drink) is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/penge-poets-evening-tickets-34789640752
Entry by ticket only. Bring your own poems. Flyer attached. Bring folding chair and/ or a rug as it will take place in the garden, weather permitting. You do not have to live in Penge as long as you could be termed loosely a ‘local poet’.
Herbs, SpiceHerbs and Colour.
Far from choosing the easy option of reading poems about or referencing colour, there were some interesting choices on the other two topics. Ann Barlow read from ‘The Song of Solomon’, Lesley Mc`Letchie read Les Murray’s ‘Vindaloo In Merthyr Tidfyl’ and Paula Piggott gave us ‘Mistress Of Spices’ by Nashu Mathur.
There was also Nola Turner’s contribution of ‘Camomile Tea’ by Kathleen Mansfield while Anne Stewart read from ‘The Odyssey’. In all there were 16 poems about colour and 14 about herbs, spices or both.
In the absence of Ann Barlow, Nola Turner read from material that had been prepared about the biographies of these two writers.
As Christopher Isherwood’s published output was extremely small when it came to writing poetry, Stephen Spender was mainly represented although Diane Chorley read ‘The Common Cormorant’ and ‘On His Queerness’ by Isherwood.
There were some well-thumbed copies in evidence of ‘Poetry Of The Thirties’ published by Penguin and poems such as ‘The Fall of a City’ by Stephen Spender gave a flavour of times which were overshadowed by the First World War and led up to the Second.