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.
Valentina’s poem With the First Cockerel has been selected to be published in The Fabler magazine – a literary outlet founded by an expatriate living in Moscow.
The poem is part of the Flashbacks collection about her childhood memories, and hence features Russian cultural references. Childhood is one of the closest and dearest themes to the poet, upon which she embarked after reading Seamus Heaney.
Valentina Kotsuba, who recently joined the Highgate Poets, has received a ‘special mention’ in the David Burland Poetry Competition for her poem To Marina Tsvetaeva. The poem will feature in an anthology due for publication in 2016.