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!

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.

Highgate Poets to Perform Saturday 2nd March

The Enfield Poets exist to give a platform to local poets with a chance to try out their work in front of a friendly and sympathetic audience, and to enjoy listening to and learning from guest poets.

In that spirit, they will be hosting five members of Highgate Poets on Saturday 2nd March.

If you would like to hear work from Anna Meryt, Milverton Wallace, Jack Cooper, Sal Consoli, and Michael Pierce, head to Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield. Performances start at 7:30pm. Admission is £3.50, or £2.50 for Concessions.

We hope to see you there!

Anna Meryt has been a published poet for many years and has two poetry collections: Dolly Mix (2014) and Heart Broke (2013). She is the current facilitator of Highgate Poets. Anna co-edited the Highgate Poets’ Anthology Naming the Clouds (2017). She has published a memoir (2015) and a non-fiction book for writers (2018).

Milverton Wallace is a former journalist, editor, university lecturer, hackathon organiser, co-founder of a kids’ coding club, and poet.

Jack Cooper works in neuroscience research, using fruit flies to understand how the brain generates complex behaviours. He was shortlisted for the New Poets’ Prize (2018), and longlisted for the National Poetry Competition (2017).

Sal Consoli is a researcher of Applied Linguists at the University of Warwick. He is constantly engaged with poetry work with the Brum Stanza group, and is now using poetry as part of his research in social services.

Michael Pierce is a Director of a Housing Trust and Assistant Principal of a College of Further Education. Currently he teaches Transcendental Meditation. Michael is the author of Bland Ambition and Other Poems (David Paul Press).

Performance Success for Highgate Poets

Highgate Poets were invited to perform by Ruth O’Callaghan for Lumen in King’s Cross on Tuesday 19th June. Ruth was away, but we were presented by Belinda Singleton in her stead, to a small but appreciative audience.
Interesting and exciting poetry from Sal Consoli, Christina Juan, Valentina Kotsuba, Anna Meryt, and Milverton Wallace. What a diverse group we are with British poets who originated from Spain, the Philippines, Russia, Wales and Jamaica! All performances were to a high standard.

On Friday 22nd June, several Highgate Poets also took part in a fantastic evening of poetry for the Enfield Literary Festival at The Dugdale Centre, Enfield, organised by Martin Russo and Katherine Gallagher.

Jonathan Totman joint winner of IOTA SHOT Pamphlet Award

Member Jonathan Totman has jointly won the 2018 IOTA SHOT Pamphlet Award. His debut pamphlet, Explosives Licence, will be published by Templar Poetry in the coming months, with a launch on June 3rd at Keats House in Hampstead. The title poem will also appear in the anthology Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Eyewear Publishing). Jonathan is giving a reading at Needlewriters in Lewes, East Sussex, next month.

40th Birthday Celebration

You are invited to come along to our  40th Birthday Celebration Evening of wine, music and poetry.

Highgate Poets will read from their very varied work – some from the anthology, Naming the Clouds, published this year.

Musicians will be Greg Mayston (Blues and Americana) and Richard Haylock (solo guitar).

…And the event is free. What more can you want?

The event date is 28th November at 7pm

The address is: The George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Rd, N4 3EN
(above New Beacon Books, close to Finsbury Park tube station)

Poetry and Psychoanalysis

Member Susanne Lansman and collaborators Kathryn Maris and Catherine Humble have launched a new Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition in conjunction with a conference: Poetry and Psychoanalysis: Creative Borders and Boundaries. The conference takes place Friday 9th – Saturday 10th June and features a range of talks, readings and panel discussions. Among a fantastic line-up of psychoanalysts and poets are ex-members Paul Stephenson and Robert Peake. More information here.  

An Evening of Yiddish Poetry and Song with Norbert Hirschhorn

Norbert Hirschhorn will be reading from his collection To Sing Away the Darkest Days: Poems Re-imagined from Yiddish Folksongs at a special evening of poetry and music at Central Synagogue on 18th September. Norbert will be joined by musicians Steven Leas (cantor, tenor), Arjang (soprano) & Stefan Byron (piano), who will be playing some of the folksongs which inspired his poetry. To Sing Away the Darkest Days by Norbert Hirschhorn

Details as follows:

18 September at 7.30pm
Central Synagogue 36 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6NW
Tickets: £10 advance booking & on the door
To book tickets: 0207 7944 655 or on the Spiro Ark website

Full details on the Holland Park Press website.

Torriano Reading: 22nd May

Highgate Poets will feature as guest readers at the Torriano Meeting House this Sunday 22nd May:

  • Sunday 22nd May, 7.30pm
  • Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave, London, NW5 1RX.
  • £5/4 according to pocket

Full details online here. We hope you can join us!