Meetup Programme 28th July

Sea – fret : a poem by Pete Smith

What is left of a fret hunches against
the old sea wall, and from a covered mouth
seeks attention with forlorn calls, warning
of the absorbing dangers of meeting.



Michael Loveday and Linda Saunders  will run the workshop if I am unable to attend.


READERS AND PERFORMERS ALREADY SIGNED UP 24 JUNE : verona bass, ama bolton, sue boyle, sue chadd, claire coleman, sarah gregory, margaret heath, rosie jackson, miranda pender’s virtual self, ann preston, linda saunders, conor whelan, roger whelan, jude wisdom, shirley wright  …..

ALSO JOINING US FOR THE AFTERNOON : rachael clyne, stephanie boxall

We are building our Journey theme around EMILY WILSON’S acclaimed new translation the THE ODYSSEY.  There is another  Page on the header menu with some of the pieces we might read and/or speak about. Our programme as you can see if now very full, but it may still be worth getting  in touch if there are pieces on the suggestions Page that you would like to read.

Circe and Odysseus

Circe and Odysseus


OPEN …..Why Homer? ( Sue Boyle)

1. CONOR AND ROGER WHELAN : are preparing a reading of James Elroy Flecker’s OLD SHIPS

2. MIRANDA PENDER : William’s Farewell. Miranda created a song for voice and guitar from one of the pieces in The Letters from Mexico.  Miranda will not be able to join us on 28th July, but has sent us an MP3 of her marvellous performance, which begins with the apposite line ‘I have been anointed for a journey.

3# JOURNEYS : SUE CHADD will introduce Andrew Grieg’s collection FOUND AT SEA with additional readings from the log of his journey in an open boat from Stromness to Cava in Orkney.

3# JOURNEYS : SARAH GREGORY : will read Circumnavigation from Matthew Francis’ collection  Mandeville.

3# JOURNEYS : JUDE WISDOM : slideshow of some of her images of Journeys and answer questions about some of the influences that have inspired her work. Jude currently has a solo show at Chapel Arts in Bath.

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The Journey by Bath artist Jude Wisdom


4. JOURNEY INTO LANDSCAPE : MALCOM ASHMAN RWA and The Listening Walk. Royal West of England Academician Malcolm Ashman designed the cover for our anthology The Listening Walk and has now joined the Bath Writers & Artists group. (The Listening Walk is still available to buy on Amazon.) We will celebrate this with a presentation of some of Malcolm’s  landscape paintings accompanied by readings from the As If the Sea section, edited for the anthology and now introduced by ROSIE JACKSON.

LINDA SAUNDERS: The Listening Walk
SUE CHADD : one of (?) Aldeburgh, Suffolk and The Mirror Ship
SHIRLEY WRIGHT : On Polurrian Beach
SUE BOYLE : Candles for the Kursk

5.VERONA BASS and ANN PRESTON : present their new pamphlets with poems specially chosen to complement the Journeys theme of the afternoon.


6. ODYSSEY sequence of readings and slides including ……

ONE OR BOTH WHELANS:Konstantin  Batiushkov Oysseus  Fate

AMA BOLTON : is creating a 10 minute presentation based on her pamphlet WARP  written in October 2006, during and after a performance of Julian Grant and Hattie Naylor’s Odysseus Unwound by Tête à Tête Opera Company, Chroma chamber ensemble and five Shetland spinners and knitters, in the decaying magnificence of the Alexandra Palace Theatre.

MARGARET HEATH will follow her May readings from the Orkney poet George Mackay Brown with a reading of a slightly edited version of That Night at Troy.  We will be sharing The Laird’s Falcon, another poem by GMB,  in the morning workshop. Margaret is also happy to do other readings from the suggestions list.

ROSIE JACKSON will read Cavafy’s ITHAKA

ANN PRESTON will read a shortened version of Theo Dorgan’s poem ITHACA FOR LEONARD COHEN

SHIRLEY WRIGHT : Carol Ann Duffy’s CIRCE  and two (?) Madeline Miller prose passages for our Circe set, perhaps to be parallelled by extracts from Emily Wilson’s Odyssey.

CLAIRE COLEMAN & LINDA SAUNDERS will also read  in this sequence.

AMA BOLTON and another reader will also present lines from Book V of The Odyssey, lines 350 – 450.  Ted Hughes’ translation will provide the English.  Ama Bolton will read the chosen extract in the original Greek.

CLOSE…..Homer and the modern world: Sue Boyle

ODYSSEUS’ RETURN: SUE BOYLE with a few thoughts about The Battle of Crete 1941, Edward Sackville-West, Benjamin Britten, Mikis Theodorakis, & Henry Moore.

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