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Summer Programme 2015

SUMMER PROGRAMME 2015

Meetings are usually held at Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley on Tuesdays
at 2.30 pm. If unable to attend please notify the Membership Secetary.

President Tel. no: 020 8650 8946                         Membership Secretary Tel. no: 020 8464 9810

For further information and confirmation of venue please contact the Membership Secretary.

 

Date                             Subject                                                                  Host/Hostess
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Apr  28                OPEN CHOICE + short talk by a member                      Christine Pope

May  12          SATIRE & INVEECTIVE  (eg. Pope, Swift, Ogden Nash,         Anne Stewart
Dorothy Parker)

May  19         COMMITTEE MEETING                                                               Anne Stooke

May  26               HOPE AND DESPAIR                                                                Keith Massey

Jun  9             MICHAEL DONAGHY & MATTHEW SWEENEY                           Ann Barlow

Jun  23        SUMMER MEETING                                                                      Everyone helps

Jul  14             HANDS AND FEET                                                                        Sezgin Kemal

If you cannot find a poem for the topic/poet listed, please read another poem but not one written by you. N.B. We each read one long and one short poem (of about sonnet length).

 

WRITERS’ GROUP (dates to be agreed by Writers)

May            OPEN CHOICE
JUN             SECRET
JUL             COMING TO A CINEMA NEAR YOU

Diary dates for the Autumn Term 2015

Readers       Sept. 8 & 22, Oct. 13 & 27, Nov. 10 & 24, Dec. 8
Commitee Members         Sept 15
Writers        Dates to be agreed by Writers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our National Poetry Day Celebrations 2nd Oct 2014

Many of us celebrated National Poetry Day in various ways.  Ruth attended the celebration of the life of Micheal Donaghy at the Purcell Room, South Bank in the company of many distinguished poets on stage and in the audience. 

SPC members who are also members of the North East Kent Stanza Group joined forces with stanza groups from Greenwich and Southwark at the Aexandra Plant Nursery, Penge to read their own poems. 

Christine Pope read WW1 poetry at Biggin Hill Library together with members of the Biggin Hill Poetry Appreciation group she leads. We look forward to celebrating this well established national event again next year.

A celebration of the life and work of Michael Donaghy.

Maddy Paxman who read excerpts from her book and talked to us about her husband’s life as a poet said how much she enjoyed her afternoon with The Shortlands Poetry Circle. She commented afterwards that she found our interest in poetry ‘inspiring’.

Maddy mentioned an event at the Purcell Room, South Bank, on Oct. 2nd to mark the 10th. anniversary of Michael’s death and below are the details and a link to the site where you can buy tickets.

A celebration of the life and work of Michael Donaghy.

One of the UK’s finest and best-loved poets, he died at the tragically young age of 50 in 2004. Tonight we mark the tenth anniversary of his death with readings and reminiscence from his friends and family.

Readers will include Sean O’Brien, Jo Shapcott, Paul Farley, Don Paterson, Eva Salzman, Greta Stoddart, John Stammers and Adam O’Riordan, as well as Michael’s partner Maddy Paxman and son Ruairi.

This event coincides with the publication of three new Donaghy-related books – the new edition of his Collected Poems, Don Paterson’s critical study of his work, Smith: A Reader’s Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy, and Maddy Paxman’s memoir The Great Below.

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

You can book tickets and find out more information here: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/michael-donaghy-a-celebratio-85980