Poetry Reading Group

Discover Poetry

From October 2017 to March 2018, I’m leading a poetry reading group at Dove Cottage the first Thursday of every month (except January, when the cottage and everyone’s caves are closed).

The sessions are FREE and open to anyone, whether you gobble up poems on a weekly basis or haven’t touched one in years, if ever.

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The group is size-limited by the fact we’ll actually be in the houseplace of Dove Cottage in front of the fire. You can book ahead by the following this link, or drop in on the day if there is room. You can contact me or the Wordsworth Trust beforehand to check.

Every month we’ll read and talk about 4 poems: 3 seasonal choices and 1 I’ll give out the day which will reflect current events in some way. I’ll share the 3 core poems each month ahead of time on this page, so if you want to spend a bit longer getting to know them, you can.

It also means if you can’t get along to Grasmere on the day, but you want to join in, you can read the poems, and leave comments or questions here. If you leave them ahead of the session, we’ll try and bring your comments in to our discussion.

Each session starts at 7.30 and will finish around 9. Come straight to the cottage door and knock, if you don’t see anyone. The lights will be on, the fire will be lit, and the kettle hot.

October 5th

‘Blackberry Eating’ by Galway Kinnell

‘Glamourie’ by Kathleen Jamie

‘The Season of Phantasmal Peace’ by Derek Walcott

All three poems as a word document: Discover Poetry October Reading

October’s Wild Card poem is ‘The Gun Joke’ by Jamaal May.

November 2nd

‘All Souls” by Sasha Dugdale

‘November’ by Maggie Dietz

‘Pumpkin’ by Theresa Muñoz

All three poems as a word document: Discover Poetry November Reading