Category Archives: Writers

Portfolio Meeting Oct 9th 2018

This meeting is given over to The Writers’ Group who each contribute three poems to an annual publication which is very much valued and enjoyed by members. It is an opportunity for the rest of us to listen to some talented writers Anyone who writes but does not belong to the Writers’ Group is also invited to read one of their poems.

As always there was a good turnout and we were pleased to welcome Maggie and Ron Hoyle who continue to take an interest in the Shortlands Poetry Circle while also enjoying the poetic pleasures of Dorchester. We are always extremely grateful to Ron for auditing our accounts.

Meeting of 8th. May 2018

The theme of the meeting was ‘Nature’. Strangely there was no Wordsworth but there was a poem by our own Isabel Bermudez, ‘The Dung Beetle’ from her latest collection ‘Sanctuary.’

Isabel Bermudez

Isabel Bermudez


We also enjoyed poems by Swinburne, Browning, Shakespeare, Housman, Tennyson, Yeats, TS Eliot, Edward Thomas and Gerard Manley Hopkins together with poems from UA Fanthorpe, Anne Cluysenaar, Les Murray, Pascale Petit, Benjamin Zephaniah, Rose Flint,

Carol Ann Duffy and Owen Sheers among others.

A Reading by Nola Turner

A Reading by Nola Turner.

On Tues. April 3rd. Nola show-cased a selection of her poems at ‘Beyond Words,’ a well-known South London poetry venue run by Angela Brodie and Caroline Vero.

Beyond Words

At the end of the first half of the evening, following ‘poems from the floor, ‘ Nola came forward to read hers to an appreciative audience.

In the second half of the evening Roger Robinson and Nick Makoha read from their collections.



Launch of ‘Sanctuary’ by Isabel Bermudez.

We are very happy to announce the launch of Isabel’s second full collection which was held on Saturday March 3rd. at The Wheatsheaf pub at 25 Rathbone Place, London WT1 1DG.

Sanctuary is Isabel Bermudez’s second collection, coming Sanctuary - Isabel Bermudeza year after her much acclaimed Small Disturbances.  Emma Lee described it as “a gentle, well-crafted collection that carries its weight very lightly” (London Grip 11).  And Dilys Wood wrote “the main drive here is exploring how metaphor – including landscape and birds often used with metaphorical purpose – can help clarify the subtle essence of relationships” (Artemis, 17)

T.S.Elliot Shortlist.

The shortlist has been announced and appear below, more details can also be found on the Poetry Society site  here :> T S Eliot Prize shortlist announced

Tara Bergin – The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (Carcanet) PBS Autumn Recommendation.

Caroline Bird – In these Days of Prohibition (Carcanet).

Douglas Dunn – The Noise of a Fly (Faber & Faber) PBS Autumn Recommendation.

Leontia Flynn – The Radio (Cape Poetry).

Roddy Lumsden – So Glad I’m Me (Bloodaxe).

Michael Symmons Roberts – Mancunia (Cape Poetry) PBS Autumn Recommendation.

Robert Minhinnick – Diary of the Last Man (Carcanet).

James Sheard – The Abandoned Settlements (Cape Poetry) PBS Spring Choice.

Jacqueline Saphra – All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press).

Ocean Vuong – Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Cape Poetry) PBS Summer Recommendation.

T S Elliot Shortlist


Forthcoming Events.

Summer Celebration June 27th.

Our two Guest Poets for this event are Danielle Hope and Michael Loveday. Find out about them and read their poems on the Poetrypf website at


Poetry Chez Jane Knight

To prevent withdrawal symptoms, a group of us will be reading poems together at Jane’s house on April 11th. Thanks for inviting us.

The Ripley Poetry Prize 2017

To celebrate Bristol artist Steve Wright’s seminal work `Cars` at Ripley’s Gallery 9th May -16th June 2017, Bromley Art Council’s inaugural poetry competition is launched.

Poems inspired by Steve’s art exhibition to be written on any of the following three themes:

The suspended moment

Anthropomorphism – the car as character

The force of gravity

Please submit your poem to, with the subject heading ‘Poetry Competition’ and include your full name. The deadline for submission is 20th May 2017. Entry fee: £3 per poem. Please pay by cash or send a cheque payable to Bromley Arts Council to the Ripley Arts Centre or pay via BACs to: Nat West Bank, Sort Code: 60-04-02 A/C 42272858 stating your surname and ‘poetry’ as a reference.

Judges : Fellows of The Royal Society of Arts

First prize £100 and Runner up prize £50 to be awarded at the celebration on 16th June 7pm.


‘Cars’ by Steve Wright

Steve Wright CARS paintings and drawings by Steve Wright 8th May to 16th June 2017 RIPLEY ARTS CENTRE

Steve Wright CARS paintings and drawings by Steve Wright 8th May to 16th June 2017 RIPLEY ARTS CENTRE

At Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley BR1 2PX

9th May -16th June 2017 visiting times 9am to 4pm Weekdays

Saturdays 9am to 12, for evening viewing Tel: 020 8464 5816

Last Meeting. Poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Wislawa Szymborska

This was held on March 28th. and people came full of enthusiasm, particularly for the poetry of Wislawa Syymborska though the work of both poets was appreciated. Several people had copies of the Penguin edition of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s work dating from the 1960’s when his popularity was at its height.

Wislawa Syymborska

Wislawa Syymborska

Before the ‘read-round’, Ann Barlow filled us in with the two poets’ biographies and achievements which were considerable. Wislawa Szymborska received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. Little did we know at the time of our meeting that Yevgeny Yevtushenko was to die a few days later on April 1st. at the age of 84.



We were delighted to see Jane Sharp at this meeting. looking very well after a long period of illness. We were also very pleased to hear Jane’s poem from The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry. Too modest to read it herself, the poem was read by Isabel Turvey.

Portfolio Meeting 25th. October

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.