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.

Sarah Doyle at William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

morrisMember Sarah Doyle will read her Pre-Raphaelite-inspired poetry at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow on Thursday 6th November. The evening is from 6.30-10.30pm. Sarah will give two readings alongside poems by Forest Poets, drawing classes, a DJ and cash bar.

The evening series corresponds with the current exhibition, “Rossetti’s Obsession”, focusing on images of Jane Morris.

Admission is free. Details here.