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Summer Celebration June 25th 2019

This was our most important meeting of the year with two invited guests whose readings were followed by buffet tea. Our readers this year were Mimi Khalvati and Myra Schneider who know each other well and. have often read together. We were fortunate to have our invitation accepted by such well-known and popular poets.

Hearing Mimi and Myra’s poetry gave much pleasure and both expressed their thanks saying how much they had enjoyed the hospitality and the attentiveness of their audience. Mimi wrote afterwards that we were ‘blessed’ to have such a committed poetry group.

Thanks to Nola Turner who was in charge of refreshments and to all who made their contribution to the event, especially Anne Stewart who introduced the poets and was responsible for the publicity.

Plans For The Summer Celebration 2019

In the Spring Term we choose and invite the poets we would like to read at our Summer Celebration which this year is to be held on June 25th.

We can hardly believe our good luck as we have managed to secure two very highly esteemed poets for this year’s Summer Celebration. These are Mimi Khalvati and Myra Schneider :-

Mimi Khalvati – (from pages at www.poetrypf.co.uk)

Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up in England. She has published eight collections with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2007, and Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.

She was poet in residence at the Royal Mail and has held fellowships with the Royal Literary Fund at City University and at the International Writing Program in Iowa. She is also the founder of The Poetry School. Her awards include a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors, a major Arts Council Writer’s Award and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of The English Society. Her most recent collection, The Weather Wheel, is a Poetry Book Society recommendation. Her new pamphlet, Very Selected Poems, is forthcoming from Smith|Doorstop Press in 2017.

(see sample poems and more at www.poetrypf.co.uk/mimikhalvatipage.shtml/ and http://www.mimikhalvati.co.uk/)

Myra Schneider – (from pages at www.poetrypf.co.uk)

Myra Schneider

Myra Schneider

Myra Schneider was born in North London and grew up in Gourock on the West coast of Scotland, South London and Chichester, West Sussex. She studied English at London University. Myra started writing stories, poems and plays as a child and from the age of nine, was a compulsive writer. She is married to a computer consultant (now retired) and her son works as a freelance computer consultant as I.T. Guy. She has worked as a publicity assistant in an educational publishing firm, a teacher in a comprehensive school and as a private tutor to adolescents and an adult with literacy problems.

This last led to an interest in dealing with learning difficulties and 25 years in sessional work with severely disabled adults. For several years she wrote mainly fiction and her first published book was a novel for children called Marigold’s Monster (Heinemann 1976).

This was followed by two novels for teenagers: If Only I could Walk and Will The Real Pete Roberts Stand Up. Towards the end of the Seventies she began to write more poetry and, since her first collection of poetry was published in 1984, she has concentrated on writing poetry. Her work, as well as interviews with Myra, has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Radio 2 and the BBC World Service.

Writing for Self-Discovery, written with John Killick (Element Books 1998), had an immediate success and was reprinted after six months. It was also published in the USA (Barnes and Noble 1998). Writing My Way Through Cancer (Jessica Kingsley, 2003) is Myra’s fleshed-out journal for the year 2000 and contains poem notes, poems and therapeutic writing ideas. 2000 is the year in which she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she turned to writing to help her come to terms with the experience. The book offers practical support in the form of therapeutic writing suggestions for cancer sufferers, whether they are experienced authors or have never written before.

She is co-editor of several anthologies see Second Light books. Myra is consultant to the Second Light Network of women poets. She runs writing workshops and courses and is a tutor for the Poetry School.

(see sample poems and more at www.poetrypf.co.uk and www.myraschneider.co.uk/)

Meeting of 14th Nov. Topic – Mimi Khalvati and Carole Satyamurti

Judging from the list we keep of poems read, our attention was divided almost equally between Mimi Khalvati and Carole Satyamurti. Both are greatly loved poets who have won prestigious awards. Some members who write poems themselves have experienced Mimi’s excellent Versification Course which she ran for many years. It was considered the ‘go-to’ class for anyone who wanted to learn about form in poetry and many people benefited from it. Carole Satyamurti is also an experienced workshop leader and tutor, being especially interested in connections between poetry and visual art. She is also a sociologist and has worked at London’s Tavisock clinic.

Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati

Carole Satyamurti

Carole Satyamurti











As is usual some information was prepared about the life and works of these two poets and for those wanting to find out for themselves, Anne Stewart’s poetrypf site  was useful. From Mimi we listened to poems that are mystical yet down to earth.

From Carole, we were lifted from our everyday surroundings and taken to unexpected places. It all added up to a very enjoyable time in the company of two remarkable poets.

March 2015 Poetry Events

March Poetry Events 

Monday 23rd March

“Taking The Temperature” @JW3
Sean O’Brien will read & chat with Yvonne Green
JW3,341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET         7.00 pm

Please ‎reserve your place through promotingpoetry@gmail.com £10 includes mevushal wine, very good canapés . PROCEEDS to Emunah Children’s Homes.

25th March 2015

Poetry at Lauderdale House
​International Women’s Reading with ​
Shanta Acharya, Sasha Dugdale, Jane Duran, Mimi Khalvati, Jean Sprackland

Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
Time: 8pm; Tickets £5.00 (Concessions: £3.00) Ph: 020-8348 8716

Thursday 26th March

Martin Malone and Caroline Gill
Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex
Doors open 7.30 for 8.00pm.  Interval bar.  £5 entry (students £3), pay at the door.
Contact Peter Kennedy 01206 827852 for further information or see http://www.poetrywivenhoe.org

Saturday 28th March

Jill Abram presents the MAD MARCH SHUFFLE
with Sophie Herxheimer, Hilda Sheehan, Susie Campbell, Michael Scott, Stuart McKenzie and Mischa Foster Poole

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BX
7.30 – 9.30 pm  Entry £6/4    Refreshments from ba