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.
This event will be co-run with Alan Wolfson - a well-known local poet and stand-up comedian.
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!
SEE YOU TUESDAY!
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.
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.
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.
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
ENFIELD POETS PRESENT
A POETRY FESTIVAL
AT THE DUGDALE CENTRE
FRIDAY 13TH JANUARY, 2023
- 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
SECOND EVENT - TUESDAY JAN 17TH 7.30
NOT A BAD WORD
An Evening of Poetry & Music
With Open mic for poets
COMPERE AND EVENT ORGANISERS: ANNA MERYT and MARY DUGGAN
WHERE: The Harringay Arms, 153 Crouch Hill, London, N8 9QH
When: Tuesday January 17th 2023 @ 7.30 -9.30 pm.