ConVerse VI: informal poetry reading and discussion

After an extended break, we welcome the return of ConVerse. We're delighted to announce a new host, Leilah Botham, but the format remains the same: 

Four readers choose a favourite poet, provide a short introduction to establish context, read a few selected pieces, and then we converse.

20-25 minutes per reader

Half time break.

Tea, coffee, wine and cake available

7.30 - 9.30

Free admission for Oxford Arts Group cardholders (£1 others)

Numbers are limited to maintain an intimate and friendly atmosphere.

This month:

Richard Hunt reads E E Cummins

Steven Bliss reads John Berryman

Jennifer McGowan reads Margaret Atwood

Clare Waters reads Stevie Smith

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  • Joanna

    Hi, I am new hear and really interested in going to this . When is the next one and do I just turn up and bring some works of my favorite author?

    May 28

    • Neil

      Probably in a month or so, J. If you'd like to be one of our four readers, let me know your poet and I'll see if we've covered them before.

      May 28

    • Joanna

      Thanks , I think I would like just to come along and see how it all works. I guess I will look hear for more info closer to the time.

      May 28

  • Dorothy W.

    I really enjoyed the choice of poems and the chat.

    May 16

  • Neil

    Mixing it up this time with archive recordings and one guest reading his own work in the style of E E Cummings. The enforced absence of Jennifer McGowan led to Dorothy W reading some poetry by Margaret Atwood, and doing so absolutely brilliantly. Lots of interesting conversation, nice atmosphere and Leilah doing a grand job at the helm.

    May 15

  • Lorinda

    Running late due to extra work commitments- sorry!

    May 14

  • christine k.

    Sorry, can't make it. Energy and time on the run. Next time !

    May 14

  • Francesca C.

    So sorry will not be able to make this evening - was so looking forward to it, but now impossible to get back into Oxford in time, will pace myself more and make the next one without fail.

    May 14

  • Alan T.

    Sorry am away for a few weeks. But it looks very enjoyable.

    May 11

    • Neil

      We run them fairly regularly, Alan. Perhaps see you at the next one.

      1 · May 14

  • Kate V

    Really sorry but I had forgotten about a work commitment … Drat - it sounds really good.

    May 12

    • Neil

      See you next time? :)

      May 14

  • Carol Y.

    I'm sorry I can't make it now, I feel unwell - but I hope you'll run a similar event again soon.

    May 14

    • Neil

      Without doubt! Get well soon :)

      May 14

  • Peter L.

    still hope to make it but a load of on-line student drafts have arrived in last 24 hours and must try to deal with most of those before venturing out so if I can't make it apologies

    May 14

    • Neil

      Thanks for the warning, Peter. Hope you can make it!

      May 14

  • Neil

    Unfortunately, Wendy's had to drop out. Jennifer McGowan will be taking her place.

    May 14

  • Leilah

    Hi there. Really looking forward to tonight! If there are any readers who don't have access to a printer or photocopier, feel free to message me with the names of your poems before 3pm and I'll be able to run off some copies to hand out. Be seeing you soon! :)

    1 · May 14

  • Leilah

    Wow- what a fantastic line up of poets! I can't wait.

    1 · May 10

  • Francesca C.

    Am a great fan of Ted Hughes works and his wife's Sylvia Plath - one line of hers always remains with me - on pregnancy " Love set you going like a big, fat watch" - such amazing imagery! Looking forward to this evening of readings.

    May 8

    • Neil

      Sorry Francesca, shortly after Clare suggesting Ted Hughes, I remembered we'd looked at his work (and that of Sylivie Plath) in a ConVerse last year, so Clare's choice has been updated. Hope you're still interested in coming along.

      May 9

    • Francesca C.

      Many other wonderful poets, happy to enjoy whatever choices are made. looking forward to being there, thank you Neil, Francesca.

      May 9

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