Poetry of Many Worlds – Wed 2nd August 2017

Next Wednesday 2nd August is the next evening of ‘Poetry of Many Worlds’ at Offside Books on Willesden Lane

The theme for the first half of the evening will be:  Poems about or in response to events in the world.
For example, we have all been touched by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, but maybe there are other more positive events that touch us.
These can be your own poems or poems by ‘established’ poets.

Then the floor will be open for whatever you want to share – your new
discoveries or latest pieces – or just come and listen.

Just to remind you, the evening starts at 7pm, next Wednesday 2nd August at  Offside Books, 92 Willesden Lane, NW6 7TA.

Best regards


Another great night of poetry was enjoyed by a full house – Here’s Brian’s take on it, and what’s coming next time:

Hi Folks,

Well, that was an amazing evening. Thank you to all who read and to those
who listened.

Here are some of the pieces that were read on the theme of personal
responses to world events.
Shelley: The Mask of Anarchy (on the Peterloo Massacre)
Yeats: Easter 1916 (about the Easter Uprising in Ireland)
Elsa Corbluth: Dirge for St Patrick's Night (about a fire in a hostel in
Salusbury Road)
Jennifer Johnson read her piece Disconnection Reconnection on her
experience of the 7/7 bombings in London
Irene Kyffin read her piece Survivors about the Holocaust
Primo Levi: Shema (about Auschwitz)
Ben Okri: Grenfell Tower

But despite the gravity of the subjects it was, for me at least, an
uplifting evening. An important part of the poet's job is to bear witness
to the emotional truth of events and that requires honesty and strength.

Thank you all again. And thanks as ever to Offside Books and to Fatma for
looking after us and making us feel so welcome.

Also to mention the crowdfunding campaign that Fahd and Ibrahim are running
to raise money for their project for young people in Morocco.
Details here:
Do check it out.

And a date for your diary:
The next Poetry of Many Worlds evening will be on
Wednesday 6th September and the theme will be
Poetry for children, about children, nonsense and humorous poetry and silly

Have a good month and see you in September


Meet the author – Miranda Gold

A local writer with Karnac Publishing, Miranda Gold will be talking about her first novel Starlings, at OffSide Books, 18 July 2017, at 7pm. Miranda Gold is a novelist and playright. Her play, Lucky Deck, has been selected for development and and performance. Starlings has also now been adapted for the stage.

It is descibed as “An extraordinary first novel that captures a damaged family with delicate brushstrokes, by turns sad, hopeful, and deeply compelling.”

Come and hear readings from the book Starlings by Miranda Gold and get your signed copy. Wine and nibbles for our loyal customers.




Event review – Chiaroscuro by chetana. July 2 2017

Chiaroscuro by chetana. Published by Critical Documents. http://plantarchy.us
ISBN 978-0-9791412-3-2

For an author, publishing your first book is like having your first baby. You’ve made it, it’s of you in the most intimate way. It marks a step in your life, so when they ask you, “Are you published?” you can answer, “Yes, I am!”

Che describes the publication of her first book of poems “Chiaroscuro” as a coming-of-age ritual – a phrase that an anthropologist would use to describe how, in a tribe, a young person becomes an adult, able to participate fully in the affairs of the tribe. For an author, it is the same. With your first book, you become an author, an authority. You have entered the magic world of print, you are part of a community of authors across the centuries. And a copy of your book is deposited in the British Library Legal Deposit Office in Wetherby for posterity.

On Sunday 2nd July 2017 we celebrated the launch of che’s book at the Bookshop on Willesden Lane, where she has been a regular contributor to the monthly poetry group: “Poetry of Many Worlds”. Che spoke about her background and how it informs one of the principal themes of her work: the sense of exile. How poetry is part of the process of defining oneself in an alien and not always welcoming land. She references Ursula Le Guin’s novel, “The Dispossessed” as a major influence on her thinking. She read us poems from her collection including “Executive Order 9066” about persons of Japanese ancestry who were interned in the US during World War 2. She read us “Ghosts of Nauru” which gives voice to the refugees on an island waiting to enter the promised land of Australia. She read us other more personal pieces about identity, about home, about friendship, about love.

With this publication, che shows us that she has found her voice as a poet and she uses that to give voice to those who have none. We look forward to hearing and seeing how her writing develops in future projects, and to holding other books of hers in our hands. May her book reach those who have need of the truth of her words.

Brian Lee
July 2017