Monthly Archives: April 2019

Summer Programme 2019

Diary dates for the Autumn Term 2019

10th. & 24th. Sept.
8th. & 22nd. Oct.
12th. & 26th. Nov.
10th. Dec

Members News and Events March 2019

Events

One member attended an event organised by The Poetry society at King’s Place, near King’s Cross, This was to celebrate 40 years of the National Poetry Competition with readings from poets who had either won the competition or been successful. Ten poets gave readings, not just of the poem that had earned their success, but also a specially commissioned poem each. These poems had to incorporate two words – one which had commonly appeared in National Poetry Competition entries, the other a more unusual word from those same poems. There was a free anthology given out containing the ten commissioned poems.

The poets were:-
Liz Berry, Mary Jean Chan, Ian Duhig, Fran Lock, Sinėad Morrissey, Mark Pajak, Caleb Parkin , Stephen Saxton and Jo Shapcott.

Members’ News

While members are thoroughly enjoying Anne Stewart’s latest book ‘.The Last Parent,’ Anne has also had one of her poems featured as ‘Poem Of The Month’ by Enfield Poets. This appears on a poster with graphics by designer Jools Barret The poem is called ‘Across The Aisle’ and the poster is displayed in the window of The Dugdale Centre, Enfield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel Turvey (aka Bermudez) is to have two pamphlets published this year, one by the journal ‘Coast to Coast to Coast.

SUMMER 2019 | COMPETITION WINNERS

ISABEL BERMUDEZ
LYDIA HARRIS
The winners of the second Coast to Coast to Coast mini-portfolio competition for individual-poet journals were Isabel Bermudez and Lydia Harris. Their journals will be created and published in Summer 2019.

Isabel Bermudez worked in Colombia in television, specialising in documentary, as a Producer/Director and Camerawoman (1998–2001). In Sri Lanka, she worked in educational television and as a Special Correspondent for the Island Newspaper. (1993–1995).

Her poems are widely published. She was shortlisted six times for the Bridport Prize and was most recently commended in the 2018 Winchester Poetry Prize. Her collections are Extranjeros, (Flarestack Poets 2015), Small Disturbances (Rockingham Press, 2016) and Sanctuary (Rockingham Press, 2018). She lives in Orpington, Kent.

March Meetings 2019

AGM 12th. March 2019.

This was attended by fifteen members with three apologies for absence. Despite having to say goodbye to members who have moved or are in the process of moving, the SPC still has a steady and loyal core of members. We hope for the return of Lesley McLetchie when her medical difficulties have been resolved.

Our Treasurer, Jane Knight, announced another sound and uncomplicated year for our finances and our Membership Secretary, Christine Pope, gave out a questionnaire for members’ response with ideas for attracting new members. We have recently gained one new full member and two associates but it would be nice to have more.

Isabel Turvey was thanked for undertaking the duties of Secretary both of the writers’ and readers’ groups. It is only increased work hours that have made it difficult for Isabel to continue in these roles.

Following the main meeting, members read one short poem each.

Meeting of March 26th.

The topic of this meeting was The Seven Deadly Sins. Lust was the sin that figured most in the poems that were chosen, followed by Wrath, Avarice, Envy, Gluttony and Sloth which was celebrated (if that’s the word) in only one poem.