Tag Archives: Sean O’Brien

Meeting of 27th. November The poetry of Michael Longley, Sean O’Brien and Robin Robertson

Ann Barlow supplied information about the first two poets with Ruth Smith following on with an account of Robin Robertson’s poetry. Several members were unable to make it for this meeting but nine poems by Michael Longley were read, seven by Sean O’Brien and four by Robin Robertson.

We found that the smaller numbers allowed time for discussion and one of Michael Longley’s poems, chosen by Patsy Paine, was read twice for further enjoyment.


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

The 104th. Annual General Meeting

The 104th Annual General Meeting of the Circle ran smoothly last Tuesday and the current officers and Committee were approved for 2015-16. We will need a Treasurer as from the autumn and a Minute Secretary in the foreseeable future, so volunteers are sought.

Members read one poem each of their own choice, and as ever we managed to find some interesting pieces. Novelist John Updike was also a poet, it seems, and had studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Cambridge. Ted Hughes wrote well for children and Sean O’Brien knows a thing or two about librarians. Diane read “The Year of the Tree” by Katherine Gallagher who is included in the recently published anthology of women poets “Her wings of glass” and who will be reading from her published works at our Summer Celebration (see below).

“Her wings of glass: ambitious poems by contemporary women poets” eds Myra Schneider, Penelope Shuttle, Dilys Wood. Published by Second Light Publications. ISBN978-0-9927088-0-1. 207 pages of work by some of the best women poets around. For details and purchases email info@secondlightlive.co.uk

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