Anna Meryt Writings: NOT A BAD WORD poetry event - new date, new venue

Anna Meryt Writings: NOT A BAD WORD poetry event - new date, new venue:  We're excited to announce a new venue for our poetry event in North London - It's now to be at The Crouch End Playhouse, Tottenham Lane N8 regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

NOT A BAD WORD poetry event - new date, new venue

 We're excited to announce a new venue for our poetry event in North London -

It's now to be at (regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month) 

THE CROUCH END PICTUREHOUSE  upstairs on the FIRST FLOOR.  Arrive before 7.30 if you want to sign up for the Open Mic - booked local experienced poets follow on from the Open Mic.

It's a great space with a small bar and management are enthusiastic in supporting this community arts event.  So please(if you can) buy at least one drink at the bar on arrival - they have plenty of soft drinks (including a range of coffees) so we are giving good reason to the venue to continue to support our event.

We are also asking for a voluntary donation of £3 - the event is run entirely by unpaid volunteers - this will be towards our expenses.

Anna Meryt

This event will be co-run with Alan Wolfson - a well-known local poet and stand-up comedian.

NOT A BAD WORD - Poetry event - Tues 20th June 2023 at a new venue


Change of venue for this event - it's now being held at The Princess Alexandra, a well-known Crouch end pub in Park Rd, N8.

The event happens next Tuesday and we've got a great line-up of interesting performers. I'll be posting more info on Facebook and Instagram when names are finalised. 

 But hey!  If you're a hidden poet and you want to come out of the closet, come along for the first half when the Open Mic section is happening.  Virgin poets of any age are welcome and will be given an enthusiastic welcome and a round of applause!  Likewise, if you want to sing us a song or play us a tune!


Not a Bad Word Poetry Event - recorded from April 2023 here's the YouTube link

Not a Bad Word Poetry and Spoken Word Event May 16th -7pm Harringay Arms, N8


We've got some great poets from North London coming to perform their poetry. 
Plus there's a smattering of musicians 🎜🎝🎜🎜🎜♫♬coming to sing or play the odd number.  Plus there's OPEN MIC for either experienced poets 
to randomly turn up and read ONE poem 
or and most importantly there's 
Open Mic for you hidden poetry virgins out there.  
You've been writing poems in secret all those years - 
bring your best one along 
and give it an airing in public for the first time.  
You know you want to

Hermanus and the Leviathan

This was a post put on Facebook - but for those who aren't on FB I thought you might like to see it too. With pictures.

Bumped into a fellow poet/friend at local cafe bar today. He'd been away in Cape Town (my favourite place in the world). He'd also had a tough time as he'd become v ill there and been in a hospital clinic for 2 weeks of his visit and was still feeling delicate. Anyway, he told me he'd spent some time in Hermanus - about 50 miles east of Cape Town - a beautiful spot that I know well. 

Hermanus is a town built on a vast bay, looking over a huge tract of the ocean. A few years ago I was there and stayed in the lovely backpack hostel, sharing traveller's tales with the usual interesting bunch of people you get at backpacker's hostels. 
Every day, I took my towel and costume, stopped off en route to the bay to pick up stuff for lunch - french loaves, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes and cheeses and then walked down the spiralling clifftop path to the seawater swimming pool hidden in the rocks and swam and sunbathed and picnicked all day.

One day though I did something different. I knew that whales came to spawn in this enormous sweeping ocean bay and I wanted to see them, or at least one. It was not an option for me to go out on one of the boat trips to see the whales as I get badly seasick, even on small boats. I'd just be throwing up.  So I was resigned that I would never get a close-up view.  Also, I was there at the wrong time of year, January  The best time to see whales, I was told, was in September/October when the huge Southern Right whales come to the ocean bay at Hermanus to spawn.  However, I went to a cafe on the first floor with big windows that I'd been told about in the hostel. It was close to the cliffside promontory overlooking the ocean.  At least I might be able to see in the far distance the giant whales breaching and falling into the ocean.

Later I wrote a poem about my experience, I was so lucky that day - a poem I have performed quite a few times for events organised by Enfield Poets. My Crouch End poet friend had not heard it so I'm putting this up for you Alan. Hope you like it, it commemorates a truly magical experience for me, in Hermanus -

The Leviathan

An angel guided me the day I saw her,
the season was wrong, but my angel had other ideas.

That morning in Hermanus, my first guide
sent me to the café upstairs, its large glass windows
were open to the vast Atlantic bay.

In this bar, my second guide pointed to distant blow-backs,
as huge sea giants breached and fell, breached and fell,
tiny on the far side of the ocean.

My mind took flight, my heart on fire and
I felt favoured by the gods of the sea,
but my angel had more for me that mystic day.

Then my guide saw her – the angel-led leviathan
a sixty-foot Southern Right titan, grazing on the distant shoreline,
moving slowly towards us.

Winged feet carried me to the close-by rocky hill, to gaze down
as she ambled along, her twenty-foot baby just submerged behind.

They browsed along the rocks below and I held my breath,
counting the barnacles along her back, watching in awe
until both were out of sight.

Since that time, my memory takes flight now and then,
lifting over the swelling ocean towards the joyous breaching
and the day I saw the whale.

Anna Meryt

Poetry Events - 13th and 17th January 2023

 There are two poetry events coming up in the next week that I and many other poets are involved with.

First a Poem-athon in Enfield






  • 11.30 to 2.00 p.m. Mini Poemathon in the Foyer, organised by Mary Duggan
  • 2 – 3 A film about the New Portrait – is this Jane Austen?
  • 3 - 3.45 A film of The Lamb’s Tale featuring large puppets. Shown in memory of Debbie Dean whose project this was.
  • 4 – 4.20 As It Was. A short play based on the poetry of Anthony Fisher, produced by Holly Darville.
  • 4.25 – 4.45 The Story of the Minotaur. A short play based on the poetry of Valerie Darville.
  • 4.50 – 5.15 The celebrated poet and author Maggie Butt is giving a reading of her poetry.
  • 5.15 – 6 Hannah Lowe winner of the Costa Poetry Aware and Costa Book of the Year 2021 is giving a reading of her poetry.

Admission £6 for the whole afternoon. Tickets available from the Dugdale Centre: 020 8807 668



An Evening of Poetry & Music

With Open mic for poets



WHERE: The Harringay Arms, 153 Crouch Hill, London, N8 9QH   

When:  Tuesday January 17th 2023 @ 7.30 -9.30 pm.

Entry FREE

 Sign in for Open Mic from 7-7.30 pm.