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Some local events in July 2016

Tuesday 5th July
Beyond Words

Jeremy Langrish, Lindy Armah, Andrew Jackson & Jennifer Wong

Plus open mic

The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY
Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 start. Entry £4 / £3concs. www.beyondwordspoetrylondon.co.uk


Tuesday 5th July
‘Greenwich Poetry Makers’

Readings by local poets from recently published books or pamphlets.
Mick Delap, Malene Engelund, Fiona Moore, Jocelyn Page, Sarah Westcott and others.

Time: 7 for 7.30pm. Price: £5 (£3 concessions) including refreshment.

Advance booking online at http://www.madeingreenwich.co.uk/

Venue: Made in Greenwich Gallery, 324 Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW
Supported by PnSEL (Poetry Network South East London).


Sunday 17th July
Torriano Meeting House

Kate Foley & Angela Kirby

Readers from the floor welcome
Venue: 99 Torriano Ave., Kentish Town, NW5 2RX

7.30 pm £5 (£4 according to pocket)


Sunday 17th July,
Shakespeare in London guided walk

Actor Lance Pierson celebrates the Bard’s 400th anniversary with a guided tour of the London he knew. See the original site of the Globe Theatre, the Blackfriars Theatre, two houses where he lived and the very spot where Othello, King Lear and Macbeth were written. At each stop Lance will further transport you with extracts of Shakespeare’s words.

Walk starts at London Bridge Station. Tooley Street Exit.

2.30pm Tickets £10 (concessions £8). Buy on the day. 020 7731 6544. www.lancepierson.org


Tuesday 19th July
Ruth O’Callaghan presents Agenda Poets

Patricia McCarthy, Timothy Ades, Rebecca Goss, Jill Munro & Wendy Holborow

Poets from the floor very welcome.
Please leave the poem you read to be considered for the next anthology.

LUMEN 88 Tavistock Place W.C.1
doors open 6.30 £5/£4

Saturday July 30th, 2016
Gale Burns (UK and Canada) presents


Mohan Rana (India), Judy Brown (UK)
and Ana Sefer (Serbia), Jo Longley (USA), Saradha Soobrayen and more.

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

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.

October Poetry Events in London

Tuesday 6th October

Beyond Words
Greg Byrne, Gillian Henchley, Belinda Singleton & Ruth O’Callaghan
Plus open mic

The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY
Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 start. Entry £4 / £3concs. www.beyondwordspoetrylondon.co.uk

Sunday 11th October

The London Poetry Walk – from Shakespeare to Wordsworth

Actor Lance Pierson leads a guided walk between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges to visit the many sites of poetic interest along the river bank. At each stop Lance will talk about the landmark and read the poem connected with it. The poets featured include Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Donne and Burns. But the walk also features stops involving Gilbert and Sullivan, the National Theatre, the Festival Hall and the London Eye.

2.30pm (2 hours)
Walks start at Embankment Tube Station. 020 7731 6544, www.lancepierson.org


Friday 18 September

Dodo Modern Poets Open October
Chloe Orrock & Patric Cunnane plus Open Mic The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX

8pm £8 & 7 concessions

Info: 01303 243868; patric.poet@zen.co.uk     https://dodomodernpoets. wordpress.com


Saturday 31 October

Poetry in the Crypt

Fiona Moore, Roísín Tierney and Vishvantara

Poets from the floor welcome
St Mary’s Church, Upper Street, London N1 2TX, midway between Angel and Highbury/Islington tube stations.
7 pm Admission £4 Free cakes & coffee!



Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Closing date 16th November,

To be judged this year by Mario Petrucci (general) and Katherine Gallagher (juniors)
1st £500, 2nd £250 and 3rd £100

35 lines on any subject

Entry fees are £5 for adults (£4 if resident in the Borough of Barnet) , Full details are on line on http://www.barnetarts.org.uk/bbac/poetry/index_2015.htm

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015

Sponsored by Cegin Productions
Judged by jean sprackland & john mcauliffe with both judges reading all poems

prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket,plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with jean sprackland & john mcauliffe on mon 30th nov 2015

…for all prize-winning poets Details http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes


Enfield Poets Poetry Competition

Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe

Deadline for Entries: 1st December 2015

Prizes: 1st £500; 2nd £200; 3rd £100, + invitation to read alongside our judge at the Dugdale Theatre in February 2016

Further information and entry form will be online closer to the deadline here: www.enfieldpoets.com/competition

Up Coming Poetry Events

Events and Competitions 

Another Stanza Bonanza for the North West Kent Stanza Group. Isabel Bermudez and Ruth Smith will be reading at The Poetry Café on July 22nd. at 7pm. together with a Stanza Group from Harrow.

Coming up at The South Bank: Poetry International Thursday 23rd. July – Sunday 26th. July. See the programme on www.southbankcentre.co.uk.

Poetry Cafe Covent Garden

Poetry Cafe Covent Garden


Wells Festival of Literature Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-15
Judge for Poetry category: Peter Oswald. Prizes for Poetry category: First Prize £500, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100. In addition there is the Hilly Cansdale poetry prize of £100 for entrants living in the BA, BS, and TA post codes.
Entry Fee: £5
Contact: Telephone 01749 673244. For full details see: http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/competitions.php
PENfro Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jul-15
Prizes: First prize: £250, Second prize: £100. Third: £75. Judge: Katherine Stansfield, who will read all entries. The PENfro Poetry Competition is run annually by the PENfro Book Festival. Max 40 lines. Subject: open. Enter on-line or download an entry form and enter by post.
Entry Fee: £4 a poem
Contact: All info and contact details on the website: http://penfrobookfestival.org.uk/competitions/poetry  
Sussex Poets Competition | Closing Date: 10-Aug-15
Judge: Clare Best (will read all poems). Any subject, no more than 40 lines, Prizes: 3 prizes of £500, £250 and £150.
Entry Fee: £1 entry fee plus £4 per poem
Contact: All details and entry forms at www.bh-arts.org.uk
Elbow Room Inaugural Competition | Closing Date: 16-Aug-15
With categories in Poetry, Prose and Visual Arts we are inviting submissions from writers and artists from across the arts. The Judging Panel includes Rosie Sherwood, Zelda Chappel and Lauren Fried. Prizes for each category: First prize in each category: £200, Second and third prizes in each category: £50 each. All winners will be published in a special competition anthology edition of Elbow Room. All winners will be featured in a London based exhibition and live event. Winners will be notified by Wednesday the 30th of September via email and will be publicised on the website soon after. The event will be held towards the end of October and will be publicised after the winners are announced.
Entry Fee: £10 for up to three poems.
Contact: All the details and guidelines for entering can be found on our website www.elbow-room.org/competition 
Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 23-Aug-15
Sole Judge: Alison Brackenbury (will read all entries). Poems up to length: 70 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only).
Entry Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries); £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).
Contact: Online entry at http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_3.html or send SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, Butlers, Western Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RN for details.
Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 28-Aug-15
Judge: John Greening. Poem Length: In English, typed and up to 50 lines. Prizes: 1st prize: £700 plus a weekend’s accommodation and Festival Pass for the Torbay Festival of Poetry 22nd – 26th October 2015, 2nd Prize £400 plus a Festival Pass to the Torbay Festival of Poetry, 3rd Prize: £200 plus a ticket for two to the Festival Supper, Saturday 24th October 2015. Poetry books/ subscription to Acumen Literary Journal for short-listed poets. Winners announced at the prize-winners’ event: Saturday 24th Oct. at the Torbay Festival of Poetry (Prize-winners informed in advance).
Entry Fee: £5.00 per poem or 5 poems for £20.00
Contact: Entries can be by post to The Administrator, 6 The Mount, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8QY UK. Or online: see www.torbay poetryfestival.co.uk
The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-15
Prizes: £1000 for winners in each category; £200 for second place in both categories. Categories: English as a Second Language (ESL) Category & Open Category. Judges: Bernard O’Donoghue and Hannah Lowe.
Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter up to ten poems, providing they are unpublished.
Contact: Enter via website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/. Please read our full terms and conditions on the website to ensure that your entry meets the competition’s criteria.
SaveAs Writers International Poetry and Short Story Competition, ‘Writing the City’ | Closing Date: 31-Aug-15
The writer and the urban landscape have been inseparable partners across time, culture and genres. We invite poems and short stories with a strong sense of city as setting, real or imagined. Prizes: £100/ £50/ £25, with a trophy for best Canterbury-themed writing. Publication in an anthology for winning entries. Judges: Poetry: Gillian Laker. Short stories: Maria C. McCarthy. Awards evening 31st October 2015 as part of Canterbury Festival Umbrella events.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, or £8 for 3; £4 per short story.
Contact: Online entries as Word doc attachment to saveas@hotmail.co.uk with either ‘short story’ or ‘poetry’ in the subject line of the e-mail, and the title/s of your work, your name and contact details in the body of the email. Hard copies to: Luigi Marchini, SaveAs Writers, 35 Spillett Close, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8QP. Cheques made out to ‘SaveAs Writers’. For full terms and conditions: www.saveaswriters.co.uk 
The Flambard Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Sep-15
Prizes: First prize: £1000, Second prize: £250. The Judges: Cynthia Fuller and Jacob Polley. The Flambard Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.
Contact: For more details see: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/flambard
Entries can be made via the Newcastle University WebStore or by posting hard copies to: Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Payment should be made online or by enclosing a cheque made payable to ‘University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne’ with your entries. If you have any further questions, please email NCLA at ncenla@ncl.ac.uk.

Shortlands Poetry Circle May Sessions: 12th and 26th.

Readers were set two challenging topics in May: first to find poems of satire, irony and invective, then of hope and despair. Dorothy Parker featured prominently in the first session though she could easily have been quoted again in the second, such was her wry, often bleak outlook on life. Pope, Swift, Belloc and Ogden Nash all provided rapier wit and sly comments while “Bloody Orkney” by Captain Hamish Blair robustly read by Jane Knight was a gale force rant.

Hope triumphed over despair in the second session, though many of the poems read included both emotions. Among the many moving poems read were “Where’s the baby?” by Rory Gail, a poem from “The Birthday Letters” by Ted Hughes, “The Door” by Miroslav Holub and “Watching for Dolphins” by David Constantine.

A date for your diary: Saturday 29th August when S.P.C. will have a stall at the Ripley Garden Party.

Still time to buy tickets for the Summer Meeting with guest poets Kate Foley and Katherine Gallagher. 23rd June 2.30 at Ripley Arts Centre.

An Afternoon at Jennie Milnes’

On April 21st. nine of us gathered at Jennie’s house to read our chosen poems. Poems from all periods and types were read from Cavafy through Hardy to the very amusing Peter Phillips. The good thing is that there are always some surprises and every poem read is received with interest.

Over tea there was a discussion of future readings by members in the community as we consider that to be part of our function. Many thanks to Jennie for accommodating and refreshing us. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

April 2015 Poetry Events

Templar Poetry Live Keats House

Date: Tuesday 7 April, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM Price: FREE ADMISSION & A GLASS OF WINE: BOOKING RECOMMENDED Venue address: Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, LONDON NW3 2RR

Publicity material for this event says: “I write in English, but the ghost of Irish hovers behind it; and English itself is full of ghostly presences.” Ciaran Carson is the author of nine books of poetry and winner of the T S Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection. He is currently Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. Supported by Arts Council England. 7 – 8.30pm Free, booking recommended.

Contact: info@templarpoetry.com Keats House: 020 7332 3868

Friday 10th April

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents

Indigo Dream Poets

Greg Freeman, Caroline Maldonado & Mandy Pannet

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

Poetry Butcher

Date: Saturday 11th April Time: 11am – 6pm Price: Free (but booking required) Venue: Saison Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Need some help with your poetry writing?

Get a slice of feedback from our Poetry Butcher, Clare Pollard. Not for the faint-hearted, our butcher will cut straight to the heart of your poem with her razor-sharp critical expertise.

Only one poem should be brought along on the day, which should be one page of A4 at the most.

Contact: Please note that to book a fifteen-minute slot with our butcher you must email specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk


Octavio Paz and the United Kingdom

Date: Monday 13 April, 2015 Time: 2:00 PM Price: £10, concessions available Venue address: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Publicity material for this event says:

This seminar explores the connections Paz made with British literature and academic life In 1970, Mexican Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz was a Professor at Cambridge, a defining and transitional time in his career that sowed in him a life-long interest in Britain. This seminar explores this little-studied period and the connections Paz made with British literature and academic life.

Contact: Tel: +44 (0)1937 546546 Email: boxoffice@bl.uk
Event website

Campaign in Poetry launch party

Date: Wednesday 15 April, 2015 Time: 7:30 PM Price: Free Venue address: Betsey Trotwood pub (upstairs room), 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BL

Publicity material for this event says:

Join the Emma Press for the launch of our anthology of political poems, curated with passion and timed for the run-up to the UK General Election. We’ve collected poems which engage with the concerns of voters, including unconvincing politicians and social inequality. With readings from Mona Arshi, Kayo Chingonyi, Dai George, Jan Heritage, Holly Hopkins, Luke Kennard, Anna Kisby, Rachel Long, Richard O’Brien, Clare Pollard, Ewan Stevenson, Jon Stone, James Trevelyan and Kate Wise.        Readings start at 8pm.

Poetry @ the Print Room

Date: Tuesday 14 April, 2015 Time: 7:30 PM Price: £10 Venue address: Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB

Publicity material for this event says:

Join us for SEAN O’BRIEN reading from his latest collection, THE BEAUTIFUL LIBRARIANS, just published by Picador, MAUREEN DUFFY reading from ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, published by Enitharmon Press and a chance to hear YANG LIAN reading from recent work …. Ticket price includes a glass of wine and authors’ books will be on sale

Contact: hello@the-print-room.org   0203 642 6606  TICKETS VIA WEBSITE, EMAIL OR PHONE

Dodo Modern Poets

Date: Wednesday 15 April, 2015 Time: 8:00 PM Price: £8 and £7 concessions Venue address: The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Publicity material for this event says:

Radical songwriter with the human touch
ANDY V FROST Motorcycling bard revs up for a splendid journey
PENNY FAULKNER Crafted verse from a stellar performer
PATRIC CUNNANE Wit & wisdom from Folkestone’s finest

Contact: patric.poet@zen.co.uk; Tel: 01303 243868; mobile: 07769 777022

Wednesday 22nd April  Poetry at Lauderdale House

Mona Arshi, Philip Hancock, Robin Houghton, Alan Murray, Geraldine Paine and Richard Skinner  Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG

Time: 8pm; Tickets £5.00 (Concessions: £3.00)     Ph: 020-8348 8716

Saturday 25th April  Jacqueline Saphra presents


with Mona Arshi, Anja Konig, Miriam Nash, Jacqueline Saphra, Rosie Shepperd, and Liane Strauss.

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

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

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
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

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.






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

Next Meeting. February 10th 2015

The theme of the meeting is ‘All In A Day’s Work’. Each participant will read one long (but not too long) poem and one short poem that is in some way related to the subject. For this meeting it has been requested that, if possible, members bring a print-out or handwritten copy of the longer poem they intend to read in the first half of the meeting.

Visitors are very welcome.