Competition Success For Jack Cooper

Jack has won the 18-24 category for Oxford City Council’s ‘Shout Out for the Covered Market’ competition, judged by Barney Norris, with his poem ‘Homecoming’.

The competition was set-up to celebrate the historic market, which is quickly approaching its 350th anniversary!

He has also been commended by Andrew McMillan in the Verve Poetry Festival’s ‘Diversity’ competition, for his poem ‘exquisite corpse’.

Jack will be performing at the festival alongside the other commended and winning poets, and Andrew himself: Sunday, 23rd February, 11am-12:30pm.

Julian Bishop Running Workshop on November 7th

In the second instalment of Julian’s contemporary poetry workshop series, Don’t Call Us Dead, participants will be exploring the works of American poets of colour – such as Jericho Brown, Danez Smith, Tracy K Smith, and Patricia Smith.

The workshop will be hosted at The Dugdale Centre in Enfield on November 7th, from 7:30-9:30pm. The evening will include a couple of suggested prompts, and will begin with a quick read-around from those who tackled the prompts of the previous session.

There are 12 spaces available, at £5 each to cover room hire. Email Julian to express interest: julianbishop5@gmail.com

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Tomorrow: Launch of Frances Galleymore’s Travelling Light

Long-time resident of Highgate, Frances Galleymore was a professional writer all her adult life, producing novels, short stories, television scripts, screenplays and, from 2006, poetry.

In September this year, two years after her death in June 2017, she will be in print again, as a pamphlet of some of her work is published by Poetry Salzburg under the title Travelling Light, the poems selected and edited by fellow poets Isabel Galleymore – Frances’s niece – and Fred Beake.

To celebrate this occasion, a launch will be held at the Torriano Meeting House in Kentish Town on Saturday October 12th, between 6-8pm. Copies of the collection will be on sale, and there will be readings by Isabel, Fred and other poets of note. Frances was a member of Highgate Poets until leaving London in 2013; another Highgate Poet, Norbert Hirschhorn, describes how, with Travelling Light, “Frances … takes us by the hand through the thickets and ambushes of life with a tender lyricism, magical, sometimes even funny.”

Robert Peake declares that “In the brief time we are given, one could do far worse than to journey so lightly, yet so keenly aware, as she has done throughout these poems.”

Admission to the event is free.

All details of the event can be found here.

Anna Meryt and Jack Cooper To Perform For The Enfield Poets

The Enfield Poets, poets in residence at The Dugdale Centre, exist to give a platform to local poets. They provide the chance to try out a poem in front of a friendly audience and to learn from guest poets.

On Saturday 2nd November, Anna Meryt and Jack Cooper will be performing as guest poets. Please come along!

The event starts at 7:30pm with readers from the floor, and ends by 10pm.

Entrance is £3.50, or £2.50 for concessions.

The event will be held at The Dugdale Centre/Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS. See you there!

Jack Cooper Commended in Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019

The Timothy Corsellis Prize was set up in memory of the young poet Timothy Corsellis, both as a memorial and an encouragement to others to explore the often overlooked field of Second World War poetry.

Jack’s commended poem, Gold Beach, drew from the life and work of Keith Douglas, who died shortly after taking part in the Normandy Invasion.

Read the winning and commended poems here.

Julian and Jack To Read at Torriano

Julian Bishop and Jack Cooper, together with Enfield poet Mary Duggan, will be reading at the Torriano Meeting House on Sunday 29th September.

The evening will start at 7:30pm with an Open Mic. Following a break, the featured poets will perform for 15-20 minutes each.

The Torriano Meeting House has been host to Sunday night poetry since 1982, and the £5 door fee goes towards maintaining this historic venue. Wine and snacks will be provided.

Julian, Jack, and Mary look forward to seeing you there!

Click ‘attending’ to the Facebook event here.

Jack Cooper Commended in Mary Wollstonecraft Challenge

Mary Wollstonecraft was a groundbreaking Enlightenment philosopher. She wrote the first English language call for the equality of the sexes, and became the world’s first female war correspondent when she traveled to France to report on the “Reign of Terror”.

Bee Rowlett asked poets to respond to one of Mary’s quotes, Jack choosing “I am the first of a new genus!” for his poem Origins.

Read Jack’s poem and a lively account of Mary’s life here.