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Meeting on April 26th 2016

The Summer Term began with a talk given by Patsy Paine on some of the literary figures associated with the area of Hilly Fields in South London.

Hilly Fields, London

There was David Jones, the 1st.World War poet, Ernest Dowson, who died young and is buried in Ladywell Cemetary, Henry Williamson of ‘Tarka The Otter’ fame, to mention a few. Walter de la Mare lived in nearby Anerley, Browning at New Cross and Edith Nesbit lived in Lewisham. Patsy wondered how many ‘finds’ there would be if a line was drawn around any area in London.

The rest of the meeting gave an opportunity for members to read poems of their own choice. Shakespeare’s 400th. anniversary did not go un-noted but the choices were, as usual ,varied. Among them were poems by Baudelaire, a contemporary Romanian poet, Ogden Nash, Christopher Reid, Walt Whitman and Leonard Clark.

Events Coming Up In February 2015

LONDON SE16: Lorraine Mariner

Date: Thursday 5 February, 2015
Time: 6pm-7pm
Price: FREE – no booking required
Venue address:
Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR

LONDON NW1: Camden Poetry Series
Date: Friday 6 February, 2015
Time: 6:30 AM
Price: £5/£4
Venue address:
Buck St, Camden Town, London NW1 8NJ
Publicity material for this event says:

Ruth O’Callaghan presents Sound Crew: Judy Brown, Josh Ekroy, Jillian Fern, Val Fry, Abdul Jamal and Phil Ruthen.

Poets from the floor very welcome and please leave a poem to be considered for inclusion in the anthology.

LONDON: An International Poetry Event

Friday 6 February, 7.15pm – Friends Room, Hellenic Centre

An International Poetry Event combining work from British author and poet Alan Brownjohn and Greek-Cypriot poet George Tardios.

Alan Brownjohn is an established British poet and novelist and has worked extensively in Romania with the British Council. George Tardios has just completed his collection, Buttoned-up Shapes on characters from his mother’s village in Morphou, Cyprus.

Free entry but please confirm attendance on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org. Organised by the Hellenic Centre.

LONDON WC1: Disinformation Launch

Date: Friday 6 February, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Venue address:
LRB Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
Publicity material for this event says:

Frances Leviston will be launching her second collection of poems, Disinformation, with a reading and drinks reception at the LRB Bookshop 7-9pm on Friday 6th February 2015. All welcome. Tickets are free but must be booked through the website: http://lrb.me/1wVe0cm

Her first collection, Public Dream (2007) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize.


Contact: bookshop@londonreviewbookshop.co.uk

LONDON SE22: Four Next Generation Poets

Date: Tuesday 10 February, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Price: The event is free but booking is essential. Book your tickets by emailing: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk

Venue address:
Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, Dulwich SE22 8NB
Publicity material for this event says:

An evening of poetry with Jane Yeh, Rebecca Goss, Tara Bergin and Kei Miller.

Mondays 8-10 pm, £7 at THE TROUBADOUR

163-167 old Brompton Road, London SW5
Mon 9 Feb: Blake Morrison, Theo Dorgan, Mona Arshi, Marios Takoushis & Stuart Silver in what we should have said, an entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig plus before the break… a selection of Troubadour International Poetry Prize Winners

Mon 23 Feb: an evening with John Montague: rare chance to hear major Irish poet John Montague reading & in-interview, with songs from world runners, Josie Frater & Steve Taylor

January 2015 Poetry Listings

Tuesday, 6th January

Beyond Words

Stephen Watts & Jane Grell

Plus open mic

The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY

Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 start.   Entry  £4 / £3concs.


Friday 9th January 

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents 

Overstep Poets

Poets from the Floor Very Welcome

Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck St, Camden Town

7.00p.m.(doors open 6.30) Entrance £5/£4         Wine

Sunday January 11th

TS Eliot Prize Readings

Royal Festival Hall 7pm.

There are still a few tickets left for a spellbinding evening of readings with the best poets of 2014. Ian Mcmillan introduces each poet.


Tuesday January 20th   

Ruth O’Callaghan presents SHOESTRING POETS

John Levitt, Nigel Pantling & Rennie Parker

Poets from the floor very welcome.

LUMEN   88 Tavistock Place W.C.1

6.30  Entrance £5/£4        WINE


Thursday 29th. January

7.00pm to 9.00pm

The London Review Bookshop 14 Bury Place London WC1A 2JL

The Poetry Society presents The Poetry Review winter launch, with readings from contributors Daisy Behagg, Amy Key and Matthew Sweeney, hosted by editor Maurice Riordan.

Join us to celebrate the latest edition of the acclaimed poetry magazine.


Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Email marketing@poetrysociety.org.uk

Saturday 31st January 

Guest hosts Chris Beckett and Valerie Josephs present


Martha Kapos, Jo Roach and John Clegg

with Denise Saul, Matthew Brown, Lizzie Horsley and Richard Osmond

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BX

7.30 – 9.30 pm  Entry £6/4    Refreshments from bar


Benchmark Creative Writing Competition

First Prize is a solid Iroko Dalton 3 seater (1500cm) hardwood bench with personalised plaque and delivery within the UK.  Kindly donated by Faithful & Gould, Victory Signs and Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture.

Second Prize is a Kindle kindly donated by David Ridley

Third Prize is a £30 book token kindly donated by Rachel Cochrane

Closing date 19th January

All winning entries will also be showcased in written form on rachelcochrane.com

Judges Wendy Robertson, Writer and Workshop Leader, Dr Philip Le Dune, General Practitioner, Sue Spencer, Writer and Head of Clinical Services, Willow Burn Hospice

This national competition is open to all adults (18+) in the UK, so if you’ve never written creatively before – why not give it a try?

There will be an entry fee of £5 with 40% of that donated to Willow Burn Hospice.

full details http://www.rachelcochrane.com/about-benchmark-writing-comp/ 

Camden/Lumen Competition: Judge George Szirtses.

 Prize: 50 perfect bound copies of your poems. 

Closing date 14th February 2015. 

Fee: £2.50 per poem or 6 poems £10. 

Cheques made out to Caris Camden and sent to Ruth O’Callaghan,      

49 Ripley Gardens, Mortlake, London SW14 8HF or see http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk/ 

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 adjudicated by Martyn Crucifix. 

We accept unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. 

First Prize £250. 00, Second Prize £150. 00, Third Prize £75.00. 

Cheques  payable to the Torriano Support Fund. (Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebrations on 29th March, 2015.

Name, address, phone number and titles on separate sheet. No entry form required.

£3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five..

Entries to Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA.

Enquiries June.english@outlook.com.

Closing date  30th January, 2015.




Writers’ Group Portfolio Meeting 28th October 2014

Presentation of the 2014 portfolio provided something of a reunion as we met and heard from many members who are unable to attend the Circle regularly. Alan, Wyn and Pat are still active writers and it was good to see Maggie, Anne Thomas and Barbara Smith. Poems read by writers and readers were often witty, sometimes poignant. Copies of the portfolio can be ordered from Janet Ryan, price £3 plus p&p.

“The writer’s intention hasn’t anything to do with what he achieves. The intent to earn money or the intent to be famous or the intent to be great doesn’t matter in the end. Just what comes out” Lillian Hellman.