We are back from our summer break and resuming monthly online meetings on Monday 6th September at 7PM. Kathleen McPhilemy will be our guest poet, reading from her cycle Days in April.

Our monthly meetings on Zoom continue. Indeed Kathleen McPhilemy has started a very successful new series of Open Mic meetings, each with a guest reader – great readings from Alison Jones and Lucy Ingrams so far – in which members can read poems without workshopping them.

Since we last updated the site, we have held three very successful monthly online meetings, a wonderful break-out from isolation. We have invited guests, Giles Goodland, Alice Willington and Didi Spencer. Giles and Alice nourished us with their poetry and Didi with a great talk on collaborative play-writing with children, parents and scientists.

Indeed, as a result of this talk, we are working to bring a young online stanza into being to support children in their story-telling and poetry. How exciting might this be!

Stanza members have had no problem sharing poems and workshopping online! It’s as if you had been preparing it for years.

Thanks to the Corona virus, we are now becoming a virtual community! Face-to-face meetings are off until further notice. We will be trying our first online stanza meeting on Monday 20th April: invitations are out! Meanwhile stay safe! Check that two metre gap!

Next Ekphrasis Event with Louise Larchbourne on Saturday 21st March

Louise Larchbourne’s next Ekphrasis event will at the Ashmolean Museum on Saturday 21st March at 2.00 pm. If you would like to submit a poem, on the theme of ‘life’, relating to an exhibit in galleries 65 – 67, you have until Tuesday 17th March. See here for more details

March Stanza Meeting on Monday 9th March

Invitations are out for our March Stanza Meeting, which will take place at 116 Southfield Road at 7.45 pm this evening, Monday 9th March. There will be a news round, a creative writing exercise, preparations for our Stanza Bonanza with Reading Stanza at the Poetry Café, Betterton Street, which will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th April, as well as our poets’ workshop, where we will have five poems to enjoy!

March 2020: Alice Oswald’s lecture Under the Wave cancelled.. Anne Stevenson’s superb reading in Woodstock ..

Oxford University Professor of Poetry Alice Oswald, whose first lecture was reviewed by Kathleen in her blog Poetry Owl here, was unable to give her lecture – Under the Wave scheduled for Thursday 5th March at 17.30 in the Examination Schools on Oxford High Street. We hope it can be rescheduled at a future date. You will not want to miss Alice Oswald’s lectures: they are free and open to the public, but if you can’t make get there, you can listen to them as a podcast. Later on that same evening, at 7.30 for 8.00 pm, Anne Stevenson gave a superb reading, accompanied by wonderful commentary, from her sixteenth collection, Completing the Circle (Bloodaxe Books),organised by Rachel Phipps of the Woodstock Bookshop, at Woodstock Town Hall. This was apparently the last reading Rachel organises – no I can’t believe it either – she has been such a force in Oxford and English poetry – it was nice to see several members of Stanza there!

We are a stanza, affiliated to the Poetry Society. Membership is free.

We have an active membership of around twenty and another twenty or so who keep in touch. There is a wide range within the group, from complete beginner to experienced poet. Our backgrounds are equally varied. We meet once a month, at 116 Southfield Road, Oxford, OX4 1PA, to discuss each other’s work, hear presentations from members and readings from guest poets. Next meeting: 7.45pm, Monday 3rd February.

To see some of our other past readings, go here or here or here.

We are always delighted to welcome new members, so if you like what you see and would like to join, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can e-mail bill_jenkinson@btinternet.com



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