Two Upcoming Events in March

3 March

Jennifer McGowan’s new collection With Paper for Feet will be launched by Arachne Press in Oxford on Friday 03/03/2017 at 7.30 at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore.

About the collection: With Paper for Feet is themed and narrative, drawing together Jennifer A. McGowan’s poetry of myth and folktale, and the frailties – human and otherwise – behind them. With Paper for Feet explores, mostly from a female perspective, the guts it takes to live or – often -die, un-heroically. her characters laugh, argue,  complain, suffer, curse, aware that more is expected of them, but unwilling to play up. Jennifer explores many voices including the women of Troy & many of Shakespeare’s characters, as well as poems based in other cultures including France, Africa & China.

17 March

Back Room Poets & Members of the University Church Choir in:
The Pity of War
Reflections, memories & experiences of war and its aftermath.
In support of Parkinson’s UK Oxford branch and the Endeavour Fund for wounded soldiers.
Devised by Jenyth Worsley with Louise Larchbourne, Elizabeth Birchall, Mark Leech, Inge Milfull, David Olsen, Merryn Williams, Gina Wilson and Felix Leach, Julia Hollander, Lucy Matheson, Katie McMullin (Harp), Peter McMullin.

Guest Reader: Paul Mayhew Archer

Venue: University Church of St Mary the Virgin
High Street, Oxford. OX1 4BJ

Time: 7:30pm Friday 17 March, 2017

Entry: £ 15.00, Concessions £10.00
at the door, or from http://www.ticketsoxford.com

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Reading with Kieron Winn tomorrow

Back Room Poets present a poetry reading
featuring Kieron Winn, reading from his collection The Mortal Man
with Rip Bulkeley, David Olsen, Sarah Watkinson and Pat Winslow
Friday 3rd February, 2017 at 7:30 pm
at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore (34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA).
Admission: £ 4.00 (BRP Members £ 2.00)
Clive James on Kieron Winn’s work:
‘The level of craft in these poems is a delight. Meticulous balancing means that a seemingly straightforward line rides on a wave of its own music, and the stanza jump (it needs a name: the hitch-kick?) has redoubled force when a line is succeeded only after a deep pause for breath. Larkin, of course, was a master of that manoeuvre, but Winn’s version of it is all his, and particularly seductive in its timing, like a pause and glide in a well-danced tango.’
Clive James

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Back Room Poets, Book Launch, 2 December

Back Room Poets launch their anthology

Infinite Riches in a Little Room : Poems from the Back Room Poets, Oxford, 1999-2016

2nd December, Friday, 7:30pm

Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Walton Street

[£4 entry (tbc)]

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Woodstock Poetry Festival 2016

woodstock-2016-poster546Just a couple of days to go until the opening of Woodstock Poetry Festival 2016 on Friday 11th November! Oxford Stanza Two will be reading at Woodstock Town Hall at 1pm on Saturday : our chance to get the day off to a great start with our new show The Space Between.

Other Stanza Two members are also appearing. For full details of Woodstock Poetry Festival 2016, please go here

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Back Room Poets host seminar and reading with Seán Street on 23 July

Seminar Sound, Time and Space – into the Universe of the Imagination,

with Seán Street on 23 July (3:30-5pm) at the Oxford Friends Meeting House.

Sound and poetry are linked, because voice is sound, and poetry grows out of the human voice. In this seminar Seán Street will explore ways of taking this further, and focus consciously on making sound an even more imaginative component in our work as poets.

There will also be a reading with Séan Street on 23rd July at the Oxford Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles at 7.30pm.

It is possible to attend the seminar and the reading separately. Those who wish to attend both will receive a discount on the combined entry fee.

If you would like to attend the seminar with Seán Street, could you email: brp.committee@googlemail.com

Seán Street is a poet, a broadcaster and a writer of works that explore the philosophical nature of sound. He is Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University.

His website is here: http://www.seanstreet.com/


For more details on these events see the updates on our website: http://backroompoets.weebly.com/events–news.html

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Out Of Bounds Poetry Event, 2 July

Back Room Poets will be presenting a poetry event featuring Jay Bernard on 2 July, together with Out Of Bounds Poetry Project.

There will be a reading at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore at 8pm with Jay Bernard and local poets.

More details on both of these events are posted on the Back Room Poets website.

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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 dorothy.mccarthy@btopenworld.com or on 01865 247661. £20 per person on the day.

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