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ConVerse III: Informal poetry reading and discussion group

The third of Oxford Arts Group's informal poetry reading and discussion evenings:

Four readers choose a poet, provide an introduction, and read one or two pieces. There follows a discussion of both poet and their work. Whereupon we all politely agree to disagree, or the opposite.

20-25 minutes is dedicated to each poet, with a break for refreshments half way through.

Hopefully, the events will provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the form and encourage further exploration. The Albion Beatnik, with its unique and welcoming atmosphere, and selection of poetry volumes and anthologies, should be an ideal place to start.

Chosen poems will be listed in the week before the event in order to allow guests to seek out work in advance. Printed copies may be available on the night, but please try to bring your own.

This is a friendly and informal evening

We'll vary the days on which events are held to accommodate as many people as possible.

7.30 - 9.30

Inge Milfull reads Hilde Domin

Paulette Mae reads Alice Oswald

Mark Leech reads Homero Aridjis

Debrah Martin reads Leonard Cohen

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I've enjoyed all the meetups I've been to. People are clearly interested in the subject of whatever the activity is, and there is a very good atmosphere, and discussion.

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Its a lovely idea and venue to share some poetry thoughts, anyone can enjoy it , novice like me or otherwise. I hope to come to another!

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the evening. The poems were all beautiful - and beautifully introduced and read. The Albion is a perfect location too.

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry not to be there - unwell. Hope it was successful.

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great evening for poetry with just the right informal touch. More, more please...

    December 4, 2013

  • Debrah M.

    Really good - and loved hearing poetry read in German and Spanish.

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hallo Everyone, I am so sorry I can't come tonight. I am translating a long text and am behind schedule. I have to meet a dedline. I hope to see everyone next time. Have a wonderful time. Anke

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great that my wait list place has been fruitful. Look forward to coming.

    1 · December 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      see you there!

      December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The curse of the freelancer has hit me I'm afraid, and I'll have to spend the evening chained to my PC rather than enjoying the poetry and good company. I'm sure you will all have a splendid evening, but sadly without me!

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can't come, the spot was available too late. I do hope there will be more of these!

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any news on the poems for tomorrow night? Thanks, David

    December 2, 2013

    • Inge M.

      I'll be reading three poems by Hilde Domin or perhaps four:
      "Faithless Boat Trip" (Treulose Kahnfahrt), "House without Windows" (Haus ohne Fenster) and "The Hardest Paths to Tread" (Die schwersten Wege) and perhaps, if there is time, also "Dream of Fear 1" (Angsttraum).
      I'll be bringing printouts of the texts with me, but one of the poems is available online in translation here: http://hildedomin.meg...­

      December 3, 2013

    • Neil

      Debrah will be reading 'Suzanne' and 'I did not know you until you walked away'.

      December 3, 2013

  • Debrah M.

    My first OAG meetup and I'm looking forward to meeting you all :) I'm brand new to the area, so if anyone is en route from Wantage and would like to lift share I'd be delighted (I don't mind driving) - you might actually know where we're going!

    November 17, 2013

    • Debrah M.

      Hi Margaret, I'm definitely planning on it - thanks for the phone number. Hopefully I'll see you there :)

      December 2, 2013

    • Debrah M.

      By the way, what time does it start?

      December 2, 2013

  • Lorinda

    great choices! Sorry I will be away for this one!

    November 28, 2013

    • Neil

      Next one in January Lorinda, featuring some excellent readers :)

      November 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Lorinda, Hope all's well with you?!

      December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really sorry i cannot make this one... Busy with an evening xmas event in Henley! Enjoy...

    November 15, 2013

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