Saturday March 7th: Furnace, Forge and Kiln – Firing the wood

A day of celebration of the artistic uses of Wytham Woods with archaeologist Peter Hommel, guest poet Joe Butler and a poetry workshop led by Romola Parish, has been rescheduled and will run from 9.30 to 15. 30 on Saturday 7 March.

Programme Outline*

9.30am – Participants meet in Wytham Woods Main Car Park: Introduction by Romola Parish, then walk up to the Wytham Chalet.

10.00am – Meet Pete Hommel, archaeologist, for a smelting demonstration. (Or a fuller talk about current research in Archaeological Science in case of wet weather).

12.30pm – Lunch break at the Chalet (please bring a packed lunch**).

1.15pm – Poetry workshop led by Romola Parish, with readings by guest poet Joe Butler.

3.30pm – Close & Walk back to Wytham Woods Car Park.

* Timings flexible

**Tea & coffee making facilities are available, and biscuits will be provided.

To book via Eventbrite go here To visit Joe Butler’s website go here

Hurry! Your unmissable Oxfordshire showcase for poetry: 8th Woodstock Poetry Festival – this weekend!

Friday to Sunday 15 – 17 November 2019

For tickets and information: 01993 812760 or

Festival ticket giving entry to all events – £60. Children & students half price. Tea and cakes are included in the price of all afternoon events.

Friday’s readings are held in St Mary Magdalene Church; Saturday & Sunday readings take place upstairs in Woodstock Town Hall.

The final event is in Woodstock Social Club where drinks are available very reasonably from the bar


7pm Hugo Williams reads from Lines Off, his first collection since 2014, written following transplant surgery – ‘haunting, shining, untidy poems… vivid with emotion and experience’ (Fiona Sampson, Spectator); ‘Williams has a gift for making poetry read as effortlessly as conversation – a huge accomplishment’ (Kate Kellaway, Guardian). £10 (Wine and sandwiches will be served between this and the following reading and a joint ticket for the evening is available at £15)

8.30pm Kei Miller reads from In Nearby Bushes, his highly anticipated new collection that explores his strangest landscape yet – the placeless place. Here is a world in which it is possible both to hide and to heal, a landscape as much marked by magic as it is by murder. His previous collection won the Forward Prize. £10


5.30pm Niall Campbell & Vidyan Ravinthiram, published by Bloodaxe, are shortlisted for this year’s Forward Prize. Both collections start from the domestic – Campbell’s Noctuary, a diary for late hours, reflects on fatherhood; The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here began as personal sonnets for Ravinthiran’s wife. £10

7pm Patrick McGuinness & Giorgia Sensi, poetry in translation. Giorgia Sensi has translated many British poets into Italian, including Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke and Kathleen Jamie. She and Patrick McGuinness discuss Déjà-vu, her parallel-text edition of his poems. £8

8.30pm Julia Copus & Jane Clarke. In Girlhood (‘this phenomenal collection’, Kate Kellaway, Observer) Julia Copus exposes the shifting power balance between things on the verge of becoming and the forces that threaten to destroy them. Jane Clarke’s second collection with Bloodaxe, When the Tree Falls, bears witness to the rhythms of birth and death, celebration and mourning, endurance and regrowth. £10


2pm Laureate’s Choice – Faith Lawrence, followed by Open mic. A chance to hear one of the poets selected by Carol Ann Duffy read from her new pamphlet Sleeping Through. Faith is a producer on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. Open mic is introduced by Jenny Lewis of The Poet’s House, Oxford. This popular platform for local and unpublished poets is open to all but should be booked in advance. The format is informal and supportive – we welcome first-time readers. Please email the bookshop if you would like to read. £6

4.30pm Hannah Sullivan & Mary Jean Chan. Mary Jean Chan’s first collection Flèche has just been published by Faber: ‘Sparkling and vulnerable… the arrival of an essential new voice’ – Sarah Howe. Hannah Sullivan was the winner of last year’s T.S. Eliot Prize for Three Poems, her first collection: ‘ A magnificent debut…challenging the parameters of what poetry can do’ – Sinead Morrissey. £10

6.30pm Raymond Antrobus reads from The Perseverance, winner of the Ted Hughes award and the Rathbones Folio prize, shortlisted for this year’s Forward Prize: ‘…an insightful, frank and intimate rumination on language, identity, heritage, loss and the art of communication. Ranging from tender elegies about his father to frank interrogations of deafness, Antrobus highlights the persistence of memory and our need to connect’ – Malika Booker. £10

8.30pm Legendary folk singer and songwriter Peggy Seeger joins poets Bernard O’Donoghue & Tom Paulin with Judith & Nick Hooper (fiddle and guitar) for the welcome return of our final session – an evening of music and poetry. Both poets have published many poetry collections with Faber. Tom Paulin is also well known for his appearances on BBC’s Newsnight Review, and his readings of the poetry of W.B. Yeats; Bernard O’Donoghue is currently translating Piers Plowman. This event is held in Woodstock Social Club. £10

“Terra firma, or all at sea?”

Dorothy YamamotoDorothy Yamamoto and Sarah J Bryson will be running a poetry workshop day at Kirtlington Village Hall, OX5 3HJ on Sunday 15th October, from 10 am for 10.30 until 15.30.  For more detail go here

Dorothy  writes: “We would love you to come along! If you have any questions, please ask me or Sarah!”

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.SJBDSCN9390

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring a contribution for a sharing lunch.

COST: £25 per person, pay on the day (cheque or cash) For enquiries and bookings please contact Dorothy on or on 01865 247661.





Maps & Keys!

From 10am to 3.30pm, this Sunday 8th May at Kirtlington Village Hall: join Dorothy Yamamoto and Sarah J Bryson for Maps & Keys, a relaxed poetry workshop day full of writing exercises and writing time, sharing and discussion in a supportive group. Kirtlington Village Hall is surrounded by playing fields and a country estate and there is plenty of parking. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring a contribution for a sharing lunch. For enquiries & bookings, please contact Dorothy on or on 01865 247661. £20 per person on the day.

David Attwooll at Paris Lit Up Launch!

David Attwooll is reading with others at the Paris Lit Up Launch, at 7.30pm tomorrow, Thursday 24th March, at the Albion Beatnik. Free event.

Paris Lit Up is taking an elite team of volunteers to the fair shores of England to share our beautiful magazine n°3 with our neighbours. We’ll be hosting & performing around the country from March 21 – 27.  We’d like to invite as many people as possible to come and read/perform at our (free) launch nights. So, if you’re based near London, Oxford, Guildford or Bristol, please come along – or send a friend – to support the work we do, say hello, read your work, and pick up a copy of the magazine! “

‘Reflections on Humanity’, this Saturday 7th November

Poster email versionTo mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, art installations and poetry at Christ Church Cathedral at 3pm this Saturday 7th November.

In a free, non-denominational event organised by Oxford artist Diana Bell and members of Oxford Stanza Two, readers from all over the world, including representatives of Bonn, Grenoble, Leiden and Perm, will read 25 poems in 18 different languages, in three sections: Conflict, Humanity and Reflection, moving from the darkness of conflict and war towards the light of reconciliation in shared humanity. Hanne Busck-Nielsen will be reading the Danish poem in this programme.

Afterwards, Wouter Ydema, City Poet of Leiden, will read in the Mayor’s Parlour, Oxford Town Hall, with Kathleen McPhilemy, Dorothy Yamamoto, Jane Spiro, John Daniel, Simon Martin and Carl Tomlinson. For more details, go here