Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Back Room Poets during the COVID crisis

While our regular workshops are suspended, we are trying to maintain poem sharing and feedback by email and Zoom sessions.
If you want to know more about this, please contact us through our website:

Friday, 4 October 2019

Philip Gross: Reading and Workshop, Saturday 12 October

at 43 St Giles  Oxford

Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders will read from their book A PART OF THE MAIN: A CONVERSATION (Mulfran, 2019), a dialogic poem, even an improvisation, born of the difficult feelings and public discord arising from the events of 2016.
Philip is a Quaker as well as a T.S.Eliot prize winner and author of 20 collections of poems.
Lesley is author of several books of poetry, most recently Nominy-Dominy  (Two Rivers Press, 2018). She is a creative collaborator with many other ‘makers’ of  different art forms.
Lesley and Philip first met through a collaborative poetry venture A Game of Consequences in which 26 poets were invited to share their thoughts and feelings about living in a nuclear age.

This reading will be at 6.30 for 7pm till 9pm on Sat. October 12th
For the reading: free admission +  a collection (for the Quaker Meeting House)  + refreshments

On the afternoon of the same day:
Back Room Poets present a poetry workshop with Philip Gross:

Renga: When poetry grows in the spaces between us

The workshop will explore collaboration in poetry through linked verses in the spirit of haiku.

Saturday 12 October, 2019, 2.30-5.00pm
Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles,
Oxford, OX1 3LW

For more details on the workshop and how to sign up, please go to the Events page of our website.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Poetry Reading: Truth or truths

On the evening of Sunday 6 October, we are hosting an event at which local poets have been invited to read poems on the National Poetry Day subject of Truth or a truth. 
There will also be an open mic section and a writing challenge with prompts. 
Entry is free.
Some refreshments will be available. 
St. Hilda's College has kindly allowed us to use one of their rooms and the venue will be signed from the college entrance.
Doors open at 6pm.

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)