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