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.
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: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/je-suis-calisthenics 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 limericks. Have a good month and see you in September Brian