We hold nine meetings each year, with a break of two months over the summer, and a one-month break at Christmas. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 10.30 am until 12.00. We are grateful to the two members who host our meetings at their homes in central Ealing, allowing us to run a moderately large group.
Although several of our members write poetry, our main function is the reading and discussion of poems. We cover a wide range of work, with perhaps a slight bias towards modern and contemporary verse. We plan our program two or three months in advance, following members’ developing interests and curiosity. We are fortunate in having several members who have the confidence and ability to lead a session, but there is no pressure upon everyone to do so. We do, however, set aside two meetings each summer when every member is invited to introduce us to one or two poems of their choice, and we have a number of collaborative sessions.
One feature of our methodology is the use we make of the internet to send each other poems, and to give everyone the chance to read and study the poems before we meet to discuss them. For any members unable to access the internet, we use the post as needed.
Currently the group is full, but anyone wishing to join a reserve list should contact the convener.
Convener: Penelope Maclachlan, tel - 020 8567 3302 or 07968 367857 or email through the blue bird, above right