Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Infinite Forms

For this year's National Poetry Day, which is has the theme of 'Change', Back Room Poets are hosting this event together with the Oxford University Natural History Museum

The phrase 'Infinite Forms' was used by Darwin to express the endless change that natural selection generates among living organisms. Poets from Oxford and surrounding areas will read recent work inspired by the museum's collections, exhibitions and research. Readings will be followed by an open mic session for which you can sign up on the door. 

All welcome, but if  you would like to read in the main section, rather than the open mic, please contact us through our website and submit your poem in advance by 29 September, 12 noon.

Details for the reading:
Thu, October 4, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW

Reading with Jane Griffiths

A poetry reading featuring  Jane Griffiths  

With Back Room Poets members Rip Bulkeley, David Burridge, Lou Hough, Jenyth Worsley,
and also  with Alice Willington
MC: Louise Larchbourne

Music by : Julia Hollander and Peter McMullin

At the
Vaults and Garden Cafe
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
(entrance from Radcliffe Square)
1 Radcliffe Square, University Church, Oxford OX1 4AH

Friday 28 September, 2018
7:30 pm

Entrance: £6
BRP Members & concessions £ 4

Monday, 5 February 2018

Events with Jane Draycott on 10 March: Poetry workshop and Veronica Beedham's book launch

Coming up:

Reading with Jane Draycott  and featuring the launch of Veronica Beedham's pamphlet A Sense of Place
(Overton Prize 2016) with Back Room Poets members Mark Leech and David Olsen on the evening of Saturday 10 March at 7 pm,
at the Friends' Meeting House in St Giles.

Entry £4 (£2 Back Room Poets members)

Workshop with Jane Draycott at the Friends Meeting House (St Giles), on Saturday 10 March 3-6pm.
Poems to be considered for the workshop (on any theme) are to be submitted for selection in advance by 20 February.

Full participants (workshopping poems): £20  (concessionary rate for  BRP members: £15);
Audience: £5

More details on the workshop (including how to submit poems) to be found on our website here.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Reading with Tony Curtis

Back Room Poets present a poetry reading
featuring Tony Curtis

with John Daniel, Louise Larchbourne, Gina Wilson and Merryn Williams

Thursday 12th October, 2017 at 7:30 pm

at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore (34 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA)

Admission: £ 4.00 (BRP Members £ 2.00)

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

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: