Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Pity of War


Back Room Poets & Members of the University Church Choir in


The Pity of War
Reflections, memories & experiences of war and its aftermath.

In support of Parkinson's UK Oxford branch and the Endeavour Fund for wounded soldiers.
Devised by Jenyth Worsley with Louise Larchbourne, Elizabeth Birchall, Mark Leech, Inge Milfull, David Olsen, Merryn Williams, Gina Wilson and Felix Leach, Julia Hollander, Lucy Matheson, Katie McMullin (Harp), Peter McMullin.

Guest Reader: Paul Mayhew Archer

Venue: University Church of St Mary the Virgin
High Street, Oxford. OX1 4BJ

Time: 7:30pm Friday 17 March, 2017

Entry: £ 15.00 Concessions £10.00
at door, or from www.ticketsoxford.com

Monday, 9 January 2017

Reading with Kieron Winn, 3 February

Back Room Poets present a poetry reading with Kieron Winn, reading from his collection The Mortal Man.
Time: Friday 3rd February, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Venue:  Albion Beatnik Bookstore, 34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA.
Admission: £ 4.00 (BRP Members £ 2.00)

Clive James on Kieron Winn's work:

‘The level of craft in these poems is a delight. Meticulous balancing means that a seemingly straightforward line rides on a wave of its own music, and the stanza jump (it needs a name: the hitch-kick?) has redoubled force when a line is succeeded only after a deep pause for breath. Larkin, of course, was a master of that manoeuvre, but Winn’s version of it is all his, and particularly seductive in its timing, like a pause and glide in a well-danced tango.’

Kieron Winn will be reading with Back Room Poets members Rip Bulkeley, David Olsen, Sarah Watkinson and Pat Winslow

New BRP anthology published!

The Back Room Poets latest anthology is Infinite Riches In a Little Room and was launched on 2 December 2016.
Published by the Albion Beatnik Bookstore's press, it presents a selection of the work of members' past and present, from between 1999 when the group was formed, to 2016. It covers a wide variety of styles. Many of the poems have previously been published in magazines and members' collections, or have been shortlisted or won prizes in competitions, while others represent original work. Our distinguished editor Merryn Williams was the founding editor of editor of The Interpreter's House magazine.
More details on the anthology can be found on our website here: http://backroompoets.weebly.com/infinite-riches-in-a-little-room.html

Monday, 11 July 2016

Back Room Poets host seminar and reading with Seán Street on 23 July

Seminar Sound, Time and Space - into the Universe of the Imagination,

with Seán Street on 23 July (3:30-5pm) at the Oxford Friends Meeting House.

Sound and poetry are linked, because voice is sound, and poetry grows out of the human voice. In this seminar Seán Street will explore ways of taking this further, and focus consciously on making sound an even more imaginative component in our work as poets

There will also be a reading with Séan Street on 23rd July at the Oxford Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles at 7.30pm.

It is possible to attend the seminar and the reading separately. Those who wish to attend both will receive a discount on the combined entry fee.

If you would like to attend the seminar with Seán Street, could you email brp.committee@googlemail.com


Seán Street is a poet, a broadcaster and a writer of works that explore the philosophical nature of sound. He is Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University.

His website is here: http://www.seanstreet.com/


For more details on these events see our website: http://backroompoets.weebly.com/events--news.html

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Out Of Bounds Poetry Event, 2 July

Back Room Poets will be presenting a poetry event featuring Jay Bernard on 2 July, together with Out Of Bounds Poetry Project.
There will be a reading at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore at 8pm with Jay Bernard and Back Room Poets members.

For more details see the Back Room Poets website.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Reading with Philip Gross

Back Room Poets present a poetry reading featuring Philip Gross, reading from his latest collection Love Songs of Carbon.

Also reading will be Back Room Poets members Paul Surman, Sarah Watkinson, Jenyth Worsley and Stephen Yeo.

Time: Saturday 20 February at 7:00 pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW.

No admission charge, but there will be a collection for Oxford Friends Action on Poverty

See previous post for details of the masterclass with Philip Gross  on the afternoon of 20 February

Monday, 4 January 2016

Workshop and Reading with Philip Gross on the 20th of February, 2016



There will be a workshop with Philip Gross between 2-5 pm, followed by a reading at 7pm, at the Friends Meeting House on Saturday the 20th of February.

Philip Gross says of the workshop: 

"Our physical bodies are where we live, what we are, in the world. There's no avoiding them. Our senses are how we experience the world, our viewpoint from the place and age and state of health we're in. For this masterclass, I am inviting poems that speak from or in awareness of the body, even if not directly about it. Other poems are not excluded, though I might give first place in the queue to ones that respond to this challenge, which simply points to one of the enduring sources of good poetry. "

The workshop will cost £ 20.00 (including one year's membership of Back Room Poets for non-members) or £ 15.00 for members or the unemployed.

Alternatively, £ 5.00 to be part of the audience (without submitting a poem). 
Payments for full participation can be made by Paypal to backroompoets@gmail.com or by cheque made out to Back Room Poets sent to Mr Matt Bright at 105 Gypsy Lane, Oxford. OX3 7PU. 
If paying by Paypal, please send the transaction number to Agnes at her email address shown below (or simply forward the confirmation email), so we can identify the payment. 
Audience members may pay at the door. 
There will be a maximum of 18 poems considered. The deadline for submissions is January 31st. If you want to participate, please contact Agnes Kocsis on aekocsis@googlemail.com

Philip will respond in writing to any poems that he is not able to discuss in detail during the masterclass.

The following is a brief biography of Philip:
Philip Gross is a poet, a playwright, librettist and writer for children. He won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. Recent collections Deep Field and Later dealt with his Estonian refugee father’s final years and loss of language. Philip leads the MPhil/PhD in Writing programme at the University of South Wales. His latest collaboration, A Fold In The River, with artist Valerie Coffin Price, appeared from Seren in March, and a new collection from Bloodaxe, Love Songs of Carbon, was a PBS Recommendation in September 2015.

See also his website:
www.philipgross.co.uk