About Oxford Stanza Two…

Welcome to the website of Oxford Stanza Two!

Next Events

Dorothy Yamamoto and Sarah J Bryson will be giving their next workshop, Doorways and Bridges, at Kirtlington Village Hall on Sunday 5th March from 10.00 to 15.30. Come and join us in the village hall, for a relaxed day full of writing exercises, writing time, sharing and discussion in a supportive group. The village hall is surrounded by playing fields and a country estate and there is plenty of parking. You can book by Facebook: contact Sarah J Bryson.

From 25th to 30th August, we shall be visiting Bonn to team up with a group of local poets lead by Eva Wal and celebrate seventy years of friendship between Oxford and Bonn. We shall hold two readings: the first will launch Diana Bell’s participatory Art Project, the Big Question; the second will be at the Arp Museum.

Recent events

woodstock-2016-poster546On Saturday 12th November 2016, eight of us read at the Woodstock Festival. Our poems explored that magical “Space Between” – thanks Lyn for that great title.




On Sunday 8th May, 10.30 – 3.30 pm, Kirtlington Village Hall: Maps & Keys – a poetry workshop with Dorothy Yamamoto and Sarah J Bryson.

Michael Pickering has published “The Compass Dances, selected poems 1955 – 2015”, Troubadour Publishing Matador, £10.99, soon to be reviewed on this site. It’s a very rich collection, ranging from “Cosmos”, a dramatic meditation on the creation of the universe, through short poems, whether elegiac or comic.  Meanwhile, you can buy it and read for yourselves at Matador or at Blackwell’s.

Launch of Hands and Wings, an anthology assembled and edited by Dorothy Yamamoto in aid of Freedom from Torture, with Philip Pullman at Blackwell’s Bookshop on Thursday 26th November and including poems by Kate Venables and David Attwooll amongst many others. For full coverage, go here

‘Reflections on Humanity’, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, at 3pm, Saturday 7th November and afterwards at the Mayor’s Parlour, Oxford Town Hall. A programme of international poetry, read in the original languages, organised with artist Diana Bell and Oxford International Links. For a short video, go here

Harry Moseley: “meteor of a summer night” – Oxford Museum of the History of Science, 7.00pm on National Poetry Day, Thursday 8th October: a combined reading by members of Oxford Stanza Two and students from the Langley Academy. The Museum of the History of Oxford has published the poems on its website – go here

Journeys in Time and Place, a writing workshop on Sunday 18th October at Kirtlington Village Hall, run by Dorothy Yamamoto and Sarah Bryson.

We are a stanza, a group affiliated to the Poetry Society. Stanza membership is free. There is an active membership of around twenty and another twenty or so who keep in touch through this website. 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 7th December.

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 in, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can e-mail bill_jenkinson@btinternet.com

Ben reading at the Cape

Ben reading at the Cape

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Dorothy reading at the Cape

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