Theo Kwek is launching Moving House on Sunday 28th June at 2PM UK time. Hosting the online reading will be poet and critic, Mary Jean Chan, joining Theo to discuss the new work. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. Carcanet will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along. Register here.
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.
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.
Friday to Sunday 15 – 17 November 2019
For tickets and information: 01993 812760 or email@example.com
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
FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER
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
SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER
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
SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER
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
In the series POEMS IN THE QUAKER MEETING HOUSE
at 43 St Giles Oxford
Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders will read from their book A PART OF THE MAIN: A CONVERSATION (Mulfran, 2019), a dialogic poem, even an improvisation, born of the difficult feelings and public discord arising from the events of 2016.
Philip is a Quaker as well as a T.S.Eliot prize winner and author of 20 collections of poems.
Lesley is author of several books of poetry, most recently Nominy-Dominy (Two Rivers Press, 2018). She is a creative collaborator with many other ‘makers’ of different art forms.
Lesley and Philip first met through a collaborative poetry venture A Game of Consequences in which 26 poets were invited to share their thoughts and feelings about living in a nuclear age.
This reading will be at 6.30 for 7pm till 9pm on Sat. October 12th
For the reading: free admission + a collection (for the Quaker Meeting House) + refreshments
On the evening of Sunday 6 October, Back Room Poets are hosting an event at which local poets have been invited to read poems on the National Poetry Day subject of Truth or a truth.
There will also be an open mic section and a writing challenge with prompts.
Entry is free.
Some refreshments will be available.
St. Hilda’s College has kindly allowed us to use one of their rooms and the venue will be signed from the college entrance.
Doors open at 6pm.
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 https://www.indigodreams.co.uk/alison-jones/4594492474.
Back Room Poets with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be hosting an evening of poetry on the theme of natural history to celebrate National Poetry Day 2018 (4 October), entitled Infinite Forms. Back Room Poets and friends will be reading a selection of newly written poetry inspired by the museum’s collections. An open mic at the end of the event will offer the opportunity to others who would like to read their own poems inspired by natural history.
Stanza Two members are cordially invited to participate in the themed reading and also in an introductory visit to the Museum on 5 September (spaces for the introductory visit are limited). If you are interested in both or only in the reading, please send a mail to brp.committee(at)googlemail.com or otherwise contact organizers Inge Milfull or Sarah Watkinson.
Details for the reading Infinite Forms:
Time and date: Thursday, 4 October 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW
Free entry, for tickets see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/infinite-forms-tickets-49212572128
Back Room Poets present a poetry reading featuring Jane Draycott and also featuring the launch of Veronica Beedham‘s pamphlet A Sense of Place (Overton Prize 2016), with Back Room Poets members Mark Leech and David Olsen.
Saturday March 10th, 2018 at 7PM
Friends Meeting House 43 St Giles, Oxford. OX1 3LW
Entrance £ 4.00 (£2.00 BRP Members)
Workshop with Jane Draycott
A workshop will take place from 3-6pm at the Friends Meeting House (43 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LW), also on 10 March.
There will be an upper limit of 14 full participants (that is, with poems to be workshopped), although it will be possible for others interested to attend as audience-only.
Please submit your poems for consideration by email to Agnes Kocsis at firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 February. Poems can be on any theme. They will be selected with a view to obtaining a good balance for productive discussion as well as quality. You will be notified of your poem having been selected by email.
The fees will be: full participation (workshopping a poem): £20 (concessionary rate for BRP members: £15); participation as audience-only: £5. All fees to be paid on the door on the day.
Your next poetry workshop day with Dorothy Yamamoto and Sarah J Bryson starts at Kirtlington Village Hall at 10 am on Sunday 15th October!