Member Norbert Hirschhorn’s fourth collection of poetry, To Sing Away the Darkest Days, is the culmination of a five-year project which saw him source more than one thousand Yiddish songs. The songs helped Norbert to rediscover and trace his own Jewish cultural history. Some of the songs also spoke to him as a poet and begged for a new translation, or “re-imagining” as he calls it, into English poems. The resulting collection tells the story of the emigrant, the Jew in the Diaspora, while drawing on the poet’s own experience.
A book launch will be held on Tuesday 11 June, 7pm at Ivy House Jewish Cultural Centre in London.
Members Frances Galleymore and Robert Peake have poems forthcoming in both Issue 15 and Issue 16 of South Bank Poetry. The launch reading for Issue 15 will take place at the Poetry Café on April 18th at 8PM.
Member Sarah Doyle’s poem “A Song of Springtime” has been published in Dawntreader, making this her third consecutive publication in the magazine. The poems is inspired by a J.W. Waterhouse painting of the same name.
Sarah also judged the Supporters of Alexandra Park Library poetry competition, and has launched a series of jazz-poetry events, The Sunday Edition, which she is co-hosting at the Dugdale Theatre in north London.
Member Annemarie Cooper’s collection The Flight of Birds, published by Soaring Penguin, will be launched at the Camden/Lumen Poetry Series in Camden on March 1st. Annemarie will read poems from the collection alongside two other poets. Annemarie also recently had two poems accepted in Dawntreader.
Several members read poems at the Urban Harvest book launch reading, held at the Camden/Lumen Poetry Series. Books will also become available for ordering online shortly. Meanwhile, here are some photos from the evening.
Member Paul Stephenson’s poem “The Teenage Existential” won second place in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Paul read his poem at The Troubadour on Monday night and will receive £500 in prize money.