Alison Jones’ Heartwood

At our January meeting, Ali read to us from her first collection Heartwood (Indigo Dreams), followed by a very interesting discussion, including writing about nature and memories, what it is like to bring out a first collection and how to make a relationship with a publisher. For those who may have missed Ali’s reading – you can find it at


“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



Four Corners Poetry Competition: Drinks – Poetry Reading – Book Launch

Tomorrow sees the culmination of Kate Venables’ hard work: lovely prize-winning & commended poems and readings! Not to be missed! Mimi Khalvati, Giles Goodland, and winners and commended poets in the 2015 Four Corners Poetry Competition will be reading in the Common Room, St Cross College, 61 St Giles, Oxford  OX1 3LZ on Tuesday 13th October. The event will open at 5.30pm, with readings starting at  6.00pm and finishing at 7.00pm. There is more information about the poets here. Copies of the anthology will be available to buy, and drinks and nibbles will be served. All are welcome – please tell Ella Bedrock if you are coming –

On National Poetry Day, with Harry Moseley:”…meteor of a summer night”

Moseley poetry poster_smallThis Thursday, 8th October is National Poetry Day! Why not join Oxford Stanza Two and students from The Langley Academy as we read Harry Moseley: “…meteor of a summer night…” at the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford. This is a free event, featuring twelve poets all reading new work,  written in response to the life of the great English Experimental Physicist, Harry Moseley (1887 – 1915) Please reserve your seat at or go here

You can follow this event here Doors open at 6.30pm – see you there!