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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/)

SPC June Blog 2018 Summary and Events

We’re well on into the year now and attendance is holding up at meetings. Our next big event is the Summer Celebration which hopefully will take place in good weather so that people can meet and mingle outdoors. Both Chris Hardy and Roisin Tierney, our featured poets for this year, say they are looking forward to the event and the tickets seem to be selling well.

Our programme for next year commencing September has now been prepared and passed by the Committee. Thanks to Ann Barlow and Monica King for their hard work and to members who provided the suggestions.

This coming September four of our members hope to pay a return visit to Wendy Williams and her Dulwich Library Poetry Group. Their theme on this occasion is Calamities!


On June 7th. Anne Stewart is due to read at The Poetry Society with other poets who have been published by Oversteps Books.

Poems by some of our members will be read on Monday 18th. June at the Bridge House Theatre Penge as part of the Penge Festival. The first part of the evening will be taken up by a brief introduction to the work of Siegfried Sassoon followed by readings from his poetry. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased online.

On June 24th. Ruth Smith will be reading with the American poet Norbert Hirschhorn at The Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town.

Summer Celebration June 21st 2016

As always, the highlight of our year when members and guests come to listen to two invited poets reading from their work, followed by a buffet tea and the opportunity to socialise.

2016-06-21 14.36.14The readings are held in the Music Room at Ripley Arts Centre usually with an audience of about forty and this year was no different. Our chosen poets were Christine Webb and Peter Phillips.

Christine’s two collections are ‘After Babel’ and “ Catching Your Breath,’ both published by Cinnamon Press. In answers to a Poets’ Survey in connection with last year’s Aldeburgh Festival Christine wrote. Once a poem is out in the world, there’s no predicting how it will be received and understood. Especially if it lives for a long time, its meaning is going to shift (whatever we mean by ‘meaning’!)

On this occasion her poems were very well received, chosen as they were from an eclectic range – astute, compassionate, humorous and poignant. One member who had forgotten the title of the book she ordered said, ‘It’s the one with the poem about placentas!’ Christine’s poems have been described as combining ‘intelligence, deep feeling and formal grace – the world is richer for them.’

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Peter Phillips has several collections to his name and has been praised for his accessible and beautifully crafted poetry. Recently he has been writing a sequence of poems centred on flowers for a new collection. His last before that is “Oscar and I, Confessions Of A Minor Poet’ which chronicles the life of George Meadows, a full-time poet, in a series of scenes and dialogues which tell all. Peter read us a range of poems and both amused and moved us in turn.

Peter’s work has been very favourably reviewed in many quarters and we saw many facets of his craft in a very good reading which did full justice to his wit and humanity.

Both poets have communicated their pleasure at reading for us and praised what they felt was an attentive and receptive audience.

Summer Celebration 21 June


Tues 21st June, 2016, 2:30pm

£7.50 including buffet
at Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, BR1 2PX
nearest rail Elmstead Woods (10-15min walk or bus route 314 towards Bromley)

 Christine Web Peter Phillips

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Contact Anne Stewart
01689 811394 or e-mail shortlands@poetrypf.co.uk


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.






The Summer Celebration 2014

Held on June 24th. which turned out to be a fine day, both regular members and guests listened with great pleasure to Nancy Mattson and Michael Bartholomew Biggs reading a selection of their poems. Nancy read mainly from her last published book ‘Finns and Amazons’ which, in one section, contains poems inspired by her great-aunt Lisi’s letters sent in the 1930’s from Soviet Karelia to Saskatchewan where Nancy’s Finnish grandparents had their homesteads.
Michael read some poems from his recent collection ‘Fred and Blossom’ based on the true story of a couple whose romance began in an aeroplane at Shoreham and how they went on to build and design successful light aircraft in the 1930’s. A whole world is celebrated in this collection.

Michael and Nancy are husband and wife and very active on the poetry scene, Michael being editor of the admired online magazine, ‘London Grip’ and co-organising with Nancy the Islington reading series ‘Poetry In The Crypt.’ Both poets were very approachable and several members enjoyed a chat with them after the reading and bought their books.

The buffet tea, as usual, was generously provided by members of the Poetry Circle and on this occasion could be enjoyed either inside or out in the garden. It was satisfying that the event was well attended and we may even have gained new members from their experience of a relaxed and friendly afternoon. Thanks to everyone who made it possible and to Anne Stewart for arranging the reading.