Diary dates for the Autumn Term 2019
10th. & 24th. Sept.
8th. & 22nd. Oct.
12th. & 26th. Nov.
10th. & 24th. Sept.
8th. & 22nd. Oct.
12th. & 26th. Nov.
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.
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.
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.
Ten people attended this meeting as illness seems to have taken its toll in addition to which two members have moved or are in the process of moving house to other counties.
As usual the choice of poems ranged widely from Shakespeare to Anon and included ‘Diagnosis’ by Sharon Olds, ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling and ‘Christmas Birthday’ by Dorothy Wordsworth.
In this meeting we had a snapshot of work by three contemporary female poets – Kathleen Jamie, Gillian Clarke and Sinead Morrissey. Thirteen poems by Kathleen Jamie were read, ten by Gillian Clarke and three by Sinead Morrissey.
We were pleased to see our occasional visitor – Michael Bobb.
In the Spring Term we choose and invite the poets we would like to read at our Summer Celebration which this year is to be held on June 25th.
We can hardly believe our good luck as we have managed to secure two very highly esteemed poets for this year’s Summer Celebration. These are Mimi Khalvati and Myra Schneider :-
Mimi Khalvati – (from pages at www.poetrypf.co.uk)
Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up in England. She has published eight collections with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2007, and Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.
She was poet in residence at the Royal Mail and has held fellowships with the Royal Literary Fund at City University and at the International Writing Program in Iowa. She is also the founder of The Poetry School. Her awards include a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors, a major Arts Council Writer’s Award and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of The English Society. Her most recent collection, The Weather Wheel, is a Poetry Book Society recommendation. Her new pamphlet, Very Selected Poems, is forthcoming from Smith|Doorstop Press in 2017.
Myra Schneider – (from pages at www.poetrypf.co.uk)
Myra Schneider was born in North London and grew up in Gourock on the West coast of Scotland, South London and Chichester, West Sussex. She studied English at London University. Myra started writing stories, poems and plays as a child and from the age of nine, was a compulsive writer. She is married to a computer consultant (now retired) and her son works as a freelance computer consultant as I.T. Guy. She has worked as a publicity assistant in an educational publishing firm, a teacher in a comprehensive school and as a private tutor to adolescents and an adult with literacy problems.
This last led to an interest in dealing with learning difficulties and 25 years in sessional work with severely disabled adults. For several years she wrote mainly fiction and her first published book was a novel for children called Marigold’s Monster (Heinemann 1976).
This was followed by two novels for teenagers: If Only I could Walk and Will The Real Pete Roberts Stand Up. Towards the end of the Seventies she began to write more poetry and, since her first collection of poetry was published in 1984, she has concentrated on writing poetry. Her work, as well as interviews with Myra, has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Radio 2 and the BBC World Service.
Writing for Self-Discovery, written with John Killick (Element Books 1998), had an immediate success and was reprinted after six months. It was also published in the USA (Barnes and Noble 1998). Writing My Way Through Cancer (Jessica Kingsley, 2003) is Myra’s fleshed-out journal for the year 2000 and contains poem notes, poems and therapeutic writing ideas. 2000 is the year in which she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she turned to writing to help her come to terms with the experience. The book offers practical support in the form of therapeutic writing suggestions for cancer sufferers, whether they are experienced authors or have never written before.
She is co-editor of several anthologies see Second Light books. Myra is consultant to the Second Light Network of women poets. She runs writing workshops and courses and is a tutor for the Poetry School.
Full Moon: A Night of Poetry and Science
On Thursday 6th December 2018, 7pm, The Shaw Theatre, London. £12. To celebrate 20 years of Poetry Live and 10 years of Science Live, we are holding a unique event, bringing together the most celebrated names in poetry and science, featuring Carol Ann Duffy, Robert Winston, Simon Armitage, Jim Al-Khalili, John Agard, Alice Roberts, Imtiaz Dharker, Steve Jones and many more. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Nola Turner and Ruth Smith attended this very enjoyable event at the Shaw Theatre, enjoying the poetry and being fascinated by the science.
On Nov. 24th. at Holy Trinity Church in Penge, Christine Pope and Jane Sharp entertained their gathered audience with an afternoon of poetry.
There was some crafty rhyming and much laughter as Jane appeared in furs, a purple tutu, a tiara and sparkly boots to hold forth on ‘Posh Pinge’ in an accent which was far cry from her normal Yorkshire.
Christine, at one point, roamed the stage in flippers being a bog-snorkeler, the subject of one of the poems. There were poems about Decluttering, a typical Mega Bus journey from Sheffield to London, the listening skills of hairdressers, Chinese Whispers and the task of manoeuvring a bookcase up a twisting staircase.
There was one, from Jane, quite impassioned, about poetry itself. Their efforts were rewarded by gales of laughter at times and having tried it out on an appreciative audience Jane and Christine intend to take the show to other venues.
On November 14th. members of the SPC attended a poetry reading which was one of a series presented by Jill Abrams. The series is known as ‘Stablemates.’ and each event features conversation and poetry with three poets from one publisher. On this occasion the event was held at Waterstones, Gower Street, and the poets were Mark Doty, Andrew McMillan and Fiona Benson of Jonathon Cape. Coincidentally the Poetry Editor of Cape, poet Robin Robertson, was up for the Goldsmith’s Prize of £10.000 for his verse novel ‘The Long Take.’ During the second part of the evening it was announced that he had won the prize.
Jill Abram had taken the opportunity to book the American poet Mark Doty for this event as he was passing through London at this time. Described by poet Ruth Padel as ‘a poet of glow’ Mark lived up to his reputation as he read some new poems straight from his laptop. He was the first American to win to win the TS Eliot prize and his latest collection with Cape is ‘Deep Lane’
Andrew McMillan made a stunning debut with his collection ‘Physical’ which won the Guardian first book award beside other honours. Writing in Guardian Review, McMillan explained that all he ever hoped for his poetry was that it should ‘live sincerely in the world and take everything that happened, turn it, distil it, and give it back to the reader – in the hopes it might move them, or be ‘useful’. His second collection ‘Playtime’ was published in August.
Fiona Benson read from her upcoming collection ‘Vertigo and Ghost’. Her previous work has been shortlisted for both TS Eliot and Forward prizes. She read some powerful poems from her Zeus sequence about Zeus as a serial rapist, for whom woman are prey and sex is weaponised.
A copy of the letter sent out by Wendy Williams after a visit by three of us to the Poetry Reading Group at Dulwich Library.
Re: Poetry Reading Group at Dulwich Library
We had a great time at the poetry group a few weeks ago. Our subject was calamities, and they came in all shapes and sizes, from wars to lost glasses. Some of them were very sad and serious, and others amusing, so we had a well-rounded selection. Three ladies from the Shortlands Poetry group joined us, and they contributed some excellent material, too.
These are the poems we heard at our last meeting:- From the line (Kerr); The Mistake (Fenton); On the loss of The Royal George (Cowper); Alarm at first entering the Yangtze gorges (Anon); A Panic attack (Stevens); The Sounds crowds make (Moore); Casey at the bat (Taylor); Aviators (Armitage); The Vegetable garden and the runaway horse (Ayres); Catastrophe (Zaman); The Water roars and keeps on roaring (Kemenes); Remember me? (Mather); Does it matter? (Sassoon); The Wreck of the Deutschland [part] (Hopkins); The Gasman cometh (Flanders and Swann); In my own hands (Marks); Stacey (Luke); Abandoned (Sweeney); Reading scheme (Cope); Disconnection and reconnection (Johnson); Ayers Rock (Ayres); Very old man (Henry); Cain (Kemenes); Just like a man (Anon); Fallen (Corbin); The Last poem (Desnos); Boy with orange (Kramer); Calamity (Gibi); Organised am I (Fox); The Shirt (Moore); The Reluctant bride (Turner); Love song for a man with 100 pairs of glasses (Seborn); Please will you take your children home before I do them in (Ayres); Warning (Joseph).
Our meetings are held on the first Friday of each month – the next one will be on 5th October, from 2 until 3.30pm. Our subject will be Elizabethan poets. Please also bring ideas for our new list of subjects, which I will be compiling shortly.
I hope to see you many of you next week.
Love and Best Wishes
Come and join Christine and Jane for a fun afternoon of Poetry and Prosecco.