Patron: Andrew Motion

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents:

Melos Poets: Cathy Galvi, Nicholas Murray, and William Palmer.

Poets from the floor are very welcome. Please bring a copy of the poem you read to be considered for the next anthology.

Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck Street, Camden Town. (1-2 minutes from Camden Town tube station)
Entrance: £5 / £4. ~ Wine ~ Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

All proceeds of the evening go to cold weather shelters for the homeless.

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Patron: Andrew Motion

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents: Imtiaz Dharker and Robert Seater

Poets from the floor are very welcome. Please leave a copy of the poem you read to be considered for the next anthology.

Lumen: 88 Tavistock Place WC1

Entrance: £5 / £4. Wine! Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

All proceeds of the evening go to cold weather shelters for the homeless.

Patron Andrew Motion.

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents: John Greening and Penelope Shuttle

Poets from the floor are very welcome. Please bring a copy of the poem you intend to read if you wish to be considered for the new anthology. (On the night Ruth will also be collecting names for a possible reading at the Poetry Café in November).

Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck Street, Camden. The nearest tube is Camden Town (1-2 minutes walk) ~~  Doors open 6:30pm for a 7pm start ~~ £5 (£4 concessions)

All proceeds go towards cold weather shelters for the homeless.

 

Patron: Andrew Motion

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents:

Frogmore Paper Poets – Jeremy Page, Mike Bartholomew Biggs and Kitty Coles.

POETS FROM THE FLOOR VERY WELCOME – Please bring along a copy of the poem you wish to read to be considered for the next anthology.

Lumen United Reform Church, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1

Doors open 6.30 for a 7 0’clock start. Entry: £5 (£4 concessions). Wine.

ALL proceeds go to cold weather shelters for the homeless

Patron Andrew Motion

Ruth O’Callaghan presents: Paul Blake, Jacqueline Gabbitas and Anna Robisnson.

Poets from the floor are very welcome. Please bring a copy of the poem you read if you wish to be considered for the new anthology.

Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck Street, Camden Town (nearest tube is Camden Town – a one or two minute walk)

Entrance £5 (£4 concessions). Wine will be available before start and during the interval.

All money raised goes to help fund cold weather shelters for the homeless.

Lumen

April 18th Morley Poets
May 16th Fleur Adcock, Connie Bensley, Elaine Feinstein
June 20th Maureen Duffy, Ruth Padel

Camden

April 7th Melos Press Poets – Nicholas Murray, Cathy Galvin William Palmer
May 5th Beyond Words Poets (no names as yet)
June 2nd Agenda Poets (no names as yet.)

Poets From the Floor are welcome and invited to leave their poems for consideration for the next anthology.

This year’s winner is James Knox Whittet for the poem ‘A Machine at Full Speed’. His prize will include having a chapbook published, 50 free copies and a launch reading in the Camden venue.

The results are:

 

1st Place:

James Knox Whittet – A Machine at Full Speed

 

Highly Commended:

Matt Barnard – Eel

 

Kitty Beltree – Magician’s Daughter  and  Romeo y Julietta

 

Greg Byrne – Oubliette

 

Gillian Henchley – Christmas Shopping

 

Belinda Singleton – Restriction

 

Ruth Smith – Anticipation of Rain  and  Hello Stranger

 

Selwyn Veater – Under Cover Bistro

 

 

The International Lumen and Camden Poetry Competition 2015/2016 is open for entries, giving you the chance to have 20 pages of your poetry published in a perfect bound chapbook while also supporting the homeless, with the added benefit of being selected by the competition’s prestigious judge, George Szirtes.

This competition is unusual as the entry fee per poem is just £2.50 to make it possible for everybody to have a try. The winner will be selected on the basis of just one prizewinning poem (maximum length 40 lines), so you don’t have to submit the whole chapbook for a chance of being published. If you want to submit more poems there are discounts, with 6 poems costing just £10.

The winner will receive 50 copies of their chapbook to keep, sell, or give to friends. They will also be invited to read at the regular Lumen and Camden venues, if they can make it and would like to, and their chapbooks will also be offered for sale online and at the twice-monthly events. Money raised from chapbook sales by the publishers and by the Camden and Lumen Poetry Series will go to the Cold Weather Shelters supported by this project.

The closing date each year is February 14th, but it’s never too soon to enter.

You can enter by post by sending your poems and a cheque (made payable to ‘Caris Camden’) to Ruth O’Callaghan, or you can send the poems by post and pay by Paypal if you prefer. For international and other entries it’s possible to enter by using Paypal and then either posting the poems or sending them in an email. We are adding a new email for online entries and Paypal, to be confirmed soon.

Regulars at the Lumen and Camden open mic events can hand their entry to Ruth, who will pass them on to George Szirtes. There is no need for an application form as you can put the titles of the poems plus your name, address and contact details on a separate sheet of paper. Email entries are made anonymous by an assistant before being passed to the judge.

For postal entries the address is: Ruth O’Callaghan, 49 Ripley Gardens, Mortlake London, SW14 8HF. Please make sure that cheques are made payable to Caris Camden and not to Ruth or the publisher.

Do join in and also post details about this competition on your own blogs and websites as the competition is likely to raise a substantial amount to help the homeless while also giving a poet a highly desirable prize.

This year’s judge, the award-winning poet George Szirtes, has chosen Gillian Henchley’s poem Isola Bella as the winner. Gillian Henchley’s prize will include having a chapbook released by Ward Wood Publishing in November this year, and she will work with editor Adele Ward in the coming months to select and work on the poems for her collection. She will also receive 50 copies and will have a launch reading in the Camden venue on December 4th. We hope to see some of you there!

The results are:

 

1st Place:

Gillian Henchley – Isola Bella

Highly Commended:

Afrodita Nikolova – Next Time You Say Grandma’s Senile I will Let you Wander in Her Sin Aisles

Afrodita Nikolova – A Leftist Union of Dolls in the System of Paediatric Anatomy

Ruth Blang – A Mood

Terence Brick – Gollard

Gregory Byrne – Croan

Catherine Edmunds – A Man Goes Out

Pru Kitching – Franz Kafka in Durham City

Ruth Smith – In Passing

Theophilus Kwek – All Souls

The Winning Poem:-

Isola Bella

by Gillian Henchley

Mistletoe.  Each table has a spray
of holly amid the perfect spaced array:

Venetian tumblers, green and red
partnered with the slender reeds

of thin spun goblets, folded napkins
shaped like swans, cutlery in silver lines.

The voices tune to his respectful calm
measuring the menu, solemn as a psalm.

No fluster when the uninitiated fail,
prefer poussin to his corn-fed quail.

There is swing in this balletic mime
the kitchen corps, the steady rhyme

of plates processing garlanded with jus
in complementary tastes and hues.

He signals to the players on his stage
allowing each a starring role, a phase

of prominence, savours all he loves
before slow folding into coats and gloves.

The robes of white go in the laundry bin,
the floors are swept, tables set, nothing

left undone: outside bruising ice
street rubbish, squalls, north wind bite.

No use to linger, one key clicks, the other
opens to an island world, moist smother

of blankets, a spread of pills like shot,
each colour in its pot, Bella’s  cough

catching at the air, drag of hair tangled
on the pillow’s sweat, food barely touched.

What makeshift care, while he is out –
a mess of lipsticked stains rim that cup,

staleness curling sly round kitchen corners,
a smear of ash unwiped upon the drainer.

He watches frowns chase across her face
imagines endings for this year, this place,

picks up a cushion turns down the light
and silently begins to set the room to right.

Competition News:

There’s a chance to have your poetry published in a 20-page paperback while also supporting the homeless, with the added benefit of being selected by this year’s prestigious judge, George Szirtes. The Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition is unusual as the entry fee per poem is just £2.50 to make it possible for everybody to have a try. The winner will also be selected on the basis of just one prizewinning poem (maximum length 40 lines), so you don’t have to submit the whole chapbook for a chance of being published. If you want to submit more poems there are discounts, with 6 poems costing just £10.

The winner will receive 50 copies of their chapbook to keep, sell, or give to friends. They will also be invited to read at the regular Lumen and Camden venues, if they can make it and would like to, and their chapbooks will also be offered for sale online and at the twice-monthly events. All money raised from chapbook sales by the publishers and by the Camden and Lumen project will go to the Cold Weather Shelters.

The closing date each year is February 14th, but it’s never too soon to enter. The chapbook will be published by Ward Wood Publishing.

You can enter by post by sending your poems and a cheque (made payable to ‘Caris Camden’) to Ruth O’Callaghan, or you can send the poems by post and pay by Paypal if you prefer. For international and other entries it’s possible to enter by using Paypal and then either posting the poems or sending them in an email. Regulars at the Camden and Lumen open mic events can hand their entry to Ruth, who will pass them on to George Szirtes. There is no need for an application form as you can put the titles of the poems plus your name, address and contact details on a separate sheet of paper.

For postal entries the address is: Ruth O’Callaghan, 49 Ripley Gardens, Mortlake London, SW14 8HF.

To enter online, to get the Paypal link, and for full details and rules, go to the competition page on http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk

Do join in and also post details about this competition on your own blogs and websites as the competition is likely to raise a substantial amount to help the homeless while also giving a poet a highly desirable prize.