Tag Archives: Isabel Bermudez

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.


Launch of ‘Sanctuary’ by Isabel Bermudez.

On a bitter day when there had been snow Isabel still had a good audience for the launch of her third collection of poems. Since then ‘Sanctuary’ has been well-reviewed,


Sanctuary can be ordered direct from either Foyles or Amazon.

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)

Meeting on Feb. 14th. 2017

The topic was ‘Water’ and everyone managed to bring two poems with no duplications. To do justice to the range of poems read, here is the list we write to keep in the annals. John Betjeman was the most visited poet and Isabel Bermudez had one of her published poems chosen.

Poem                                                              Poet                                         Read by

A Bay In Angelsey                                John Betjeman                           Janet Chapman

Weathers                                              Thomas Hardy                           Janet Chapman

Winter                                                 Wislawa Szymborska                     Diane Chorley

Into The Ark                                      Wislawa Szymborska                      Diane Chorley

Mad River                                   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow             Sheila Corrin

The Fountain                                 James Lowell                                        Sheila Corrin

Extract from’ The Prelude’               William Wordsworth                       Monica King

Water                                              John Crossland                                     Monica King

East Anglian Bathe                         John Betjeman                                      Jane Knight

The Waterfall                                  Michael Longley                                        Jane Knight

Rain                                                   Spike Milligan                                       Muriel Letman

Watching The Waters                    Isabel Bermudez                                 Lesley McLetchie

Deep Waters                                          Justo Jorge Padron                            Lesley McLetchie

How Often Does It Happen                Jane Draycott                                         Jennie Milnes

Flood                                                            Penelope Shuttle                              Jennie Milnes

The Diver                                              Theobold Purcell Barrett                            Patsy Paine

Passage Steamer                                   Louis McNeice                                           Patsy Paine

Sweet Thames Flow Softly                          J.H. Miller                                           Christine Pope

Heaven                                                              Rupert Brooke                                 Christine Pope

Look Stranger!                                            W.H. Auden                                              Mavis Robinson

Nelson                                                   Eleanor Farjeon                                             Mavis Robinson

Ode On Words For Water                         Barbara Hamby                                         Ruth Smith

The Dipper                                                Kathleen Jamie                                              Ruth Smith

Black Old Wet                                            W. N. Herbert                                               Anne Stewart

Man in a Shower                                       Gillian Clarke                                            Anne Stewart

On Dover Beach                                         Matthew Arnold                                        Anne Stooke

Day Trip                                                  Carol Satyamurti                                        Anne Stooke

from ‘Dart’                                              Alice Oswald                                                Nola Turner

The Bucket                                               Alan Ahlberg                                              Nola Turner

Sirensong                                               Jamie McKendrick                                        Isabel Turvey

Coming Home                                       Rory Waterman                                            Isabel Turvey

The Water Glass                                       Alistair Read                                     Marie Louise McGovern

Pleasure Seas                                         Elizabeth Bishop                               Marie Louise McGovern

Winter Seascape                                 John Betjeman                                       Liz Maliphant

Sea Fever                                              John Masefield                                            Liz Maliphant

Spring Pools                                                Robert Frost                                       Paula Piggott

Water                                                       Philip Larkin                                         Paula Piggott

Poetry Reading at The Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place Nov. 24th.

Anne Stewart, editor of Poetry p f and member of Shortlands Poetry Circle MC’d this evening of poetry at the pub where Dylan Thomas first met Caitlin, his wife to be.

The Wheatsheaf

There were six readers including Kate Miller who recently won the Seamus Heaney prize for poetry and Roisin Tierney who won the prestigious Michael Marks award for her pamphlet, Dream Endings in 2012.

Roisin now has a full collection as has our own Isabel Bermudez who was also reading among excellent company. The event was well attended.

It’s Out! The Launch Of ‘Small Disturbances’ by Isabel Bermudez

Isabel’s first full collection was well and truly launched at a well-attended event on Sat. Oct. 1st at The Blue Anchor, Hammersmith. Several members of the SPC were there to hear Isabel read in an upstairs room with views of the river.

Small Disturbances by Isabel BermudesIsabel’s publisher, David Pearman, said a few words. He reminisced about how he had first met Isabel at an event connected with Agenda poetry Magazine, describing her as ‘an interesting woman.’ Isabel subsequently sent him her manuscript which must have impressed him greatly as he had cut down his activities to publish only the work of poets already well known to him. He praised Isabel’s knack of catching the moment and getting to the kernel of things.

Isabel read just a few poems and even before she read people had her book in their hands. Simon ought to be mentioned for his amusing introduction and general bustling around to help things run smoothly. It was a great event and we are very proud of her. Many members have subsequently bought Isabel’s book with extra copies for friends.

Announcement and Congratulations to Isabel Bermudez

Announcement and Congratulations to Isabel Bermudez

Many congratulations to Isabel Bermudez. After the success of her pamphlet, which went into a second printing, she is now about to have her first collection published by Rockingham Press.

The launch will be in the Autumn. Watch this space.

Isabel Bermudez