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

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:

For more details on these events see our website:

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 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

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:

Monday, 26 October 2015

Reading on 3 November with Pedro Serrano & Jamie McKendrick

A poetry reading of translated poetry featuring
Pedro Serrano &  Jamie McKendrickwith Back Room Poets David Burridge, Louise Larchbourne, Mark Leech, Inge Milfull, Merryn Williams, and Pat Winslow.

Tuesday 3rd November, 2015,
7:30 PM

@ The Albion Beatnik Bookstore
34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA.

£ 4.00 (BRP Members £ 2.00)
Tickets at the door

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Competition Winners and Reading on 26 September

Congratulation to the Winners of the First International Back Room Poets Competition!

1.  "Too Late"--Michael Crowley
2.  "The Sunken Lane"--Phoebe Nicholson, Oxford
3.  "Donnington Bridge"--Maeve Henry, Oxford

"Sprouts"--Alexandra Davis, Suffolk
"The Great Days of Tumbling"--M.A. Fiddes, London
"Sewing the Light"--Geraldine Clarkson, Leamington Spa
"Laughter"--Josh Ekroy
"Brain Music"--Averil Stedeford, Oxford

For the winning poems and the judge's report see here.

There will be a  concluding poetry reading featuring three winners of the competition reading with the judge Pat Winslow.
Readers: Michael Crowley, Maeve Henry, Alexandra Davis, M. A. Fiddes, Geraldine Clarkson, Josh Ekroy, Averil Stedeford.

Venue: Albion Beatnik Bookstore (34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA)
Time:  Saturday 26th September 7:30 PM
Entry: £ 4.00 (BRP Members £ 2.00)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Reading and Master Class with George Szirtes

A poetry reading featuring George Szirtes
with Sarah Maitland Parks, Jane Spiro,
Merryn Williams and Pat Winslow

Saturday 15th August, 2015 @ The Albion Beatnik Bookstore
34 Walton Street
OX2 6AA.

£ 4.00 (BRP Members £ 2.00)

Saturday 15th August, 2015
from 2-5pm at the Friends Meeting House
Back Room Poets present a masterclass with George Szirtes

If you would like him to discuss one of your poems

please send them to Agnes Kocsis at:

aekocsis (at) or ring 07939097525.

Fee for full participants: £20. Onlookers only: £5.