Not the General Election

A.E.Houseman said “The business of poetry is to harmonise the sadness of the universe”. Particularly poignant at this moment in London, we had a fabulous, varied evening of poetry and some prose at West Greenwich Library on the theme of politics, democracy etc.. It didn’t only harmonise the sadness of the universe, but also the joy, humour and humanity of the universe.

We were treated by Mick Delap, Fiona Moore (reading in the photograph), Jazzman John Clarke, Lorraine Mariner, Sarah Westcott and NJ Hynes to serious and satirical works – their own and by other poets and writers from all over the world and eras (Amichai, Frost, Hardy, Angelou…). Two poems by Kate Foley and one by Carl Griffin were read by Mick. There were contributions through open mic, including extracts from the diary of suffragette Marion Wallace Dunlop, who went on hunger strike and refused force-feeding, and was eventually released; we heard how Plato predicted that we would eventually be ruled by bullies and many other thought-/laughter-/tears-provoking pieces of writing.

Thank you to all those who read and all those who attended and who continue to support in-words and local talent.

 

Events

Tuesday September 13 in-person at West Greenwich Library – 7 to 9pm (and possibly streamed)

50!

To celebrate the 50th in-words event (not counting all pre-2017 readings and launches), I have invited some of the poets who have been with me from the beginning – I wish I could have invited more… – to read from their latest collections.

You will recognise many of the names: Graham High, NJ Hynes, Rosie Johnston, Alex Josephy, Lorraine Mariner, Fiona Moore, Jane McLaughlin, Colin Pink and Sarah Westcott.

Nine diverse and distinctive voices, no particular theme but one or two will no doubt emerge as we listen.

I wish to thank Mick Delap, who will be unable to participate, for encouraging me to set off on this wonderful journey years ago. Thanks Mick!

If you can attend in person, there’s no need for tickets as it is as always a free event, but it would be good to have an idea of numbers, since I’m providing refreshments, so please drop me an email (irena@in-words.co.uk or irena.mh50@gmail.com) any time between now and September 10.

If you can only attend virtually, please email me your interest and I will send you any streaming details and info (assuming it’s possible to stream). Zoom will resume when the weather turns, later in the year….

I look forward to seeing many of you on this special occasion. And pass it on!

West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN