A group of poets from West Wales is coming up to London to perform at several venues in October 2014. They made contact with Highgate Poets and we have joined forces for a night of poetry which starts and ends with extracts from Dylan Thomas’s work.

This the centenary year of his death, and indeed October 27th would have been his birthday. Their spokesperson is Nigel Humphries and he and Anna Meryt (of Highgate Poets, who is also Welsh) will not only present some of their own work, but also a few extracts from the work of Dylan Thomas.

Eight members of Highgate Poets in total are reading with a group from Aberystwyth, the Word Distillery Poets, at the London Welsh Centre:

Address: 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE.

The centre is opposite the Eastman Dental Hospital and is about a 10/15 minute walk down Gray’s Inn Road. Or you can take the 45 or 46 bus from outside Kings Cross Station [Euston Road exit] and get off at Eastman Hospital stop.

The event starts at 7.00 pm.


Norbert Hirschhorn in South Bank Poetry Competition Anthology

Judge Clare PollardMember Norbert Hirschhorn’s poem “Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme”, has been chosen from judge Clare Pollard’s long list to be included in the South Bank Poetry Competition Anthology (issue 18) along with the winning and commended poems. Well done Norbert!

His poem joins those of members Paul Stephenson and Robert Peake, who won first and third place respectively. The launch reading of the competition anthology will be on Friday May 30th 8pm onwards at the Poetry Café. Click here for details and directions.

Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival



 Golders Hill Park performance bandstand

Sunday 15th September 2.00-5.00pm

on the Bandstand

in Golders Hill Park

Highgate Poets have been asked to take part in

the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival

by providing poetry performers! Poets will be

Annemarie Cooper,

Miriam Halahmy, Anna Meryt,

Jack Shepherd and Jonathan Totnam

Highgate Poets have a one hour slot!




Norbert Hirschhorn’s Collection of Re-Imagined Yiddish Folk Song Poetry

To Sing Away the Darkest Days by Norbert Hirschhorn

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.

Full details of the launch are here.

Congratulations, Norbert!