Poetry and Book Club: News

The group met for an hours chat by Zoom on Wednesday to discuss “A time of Gifts” by Patrick Leigh Fermor. A remarkable book of travel-autobiography. At eighteen Paddy Fermor undertook a trip to walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople, subsidised by a pound a week from his mother.

He is a great observer and story teller who easily forms friendships with all types. He picks up languages with ease and writes superb English. A book much enjoyed by all of us; I look forward to reading the other two books about this adventure; “Between the Woods and the Water” and “The Broken Road”

We next meet by Zoom on the 26th May when we discuss the works of DH Lawrence; either a poem or prose extract.

If possible the group would like to return to the Xaverian retreat centre by June, we could have a hybrid meeting where those who wish can attend remotely.

Best wishes to all


Poetry and Book Club: News

Here are some of the Poems from Lancashire that we read at last weeks meeting on Wednesday 24th March. They were varied and interesting.

We meet next by Zoom on the 28th April to discuss “A time of Gifts” by Patrick Leigh Fermor.

A Time of Gifts (1977) is a travel book by British author Patrick Leigh Fermor. Published by John Murray when the author was 62, it is a memoir of the first part of Fermor’s journey on foot across Europe from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople in 1933/34.

The book has been hailed as a classic of travel writing; William Dalrymple called it a “sublime masterpiece”.

A great book to read when travel is so restricted.

With best wishes for Easter and Passover.

Poetry and Book Club: News

Our Poetry and Book Club is still going strong after a year in lockdown. They will meet on Zoom on Wednesday 24th March at 1.30 to share views on ” Lancashire Poets”.

They are planning to interpret this widely, including poetry written by Lancastrians from the pre 1974 county and adding the work of poets who visited Lancashire such as Shakespeare and Hopkins.

Please feel free to join them by getting in touch using the form at the bottom of this page.

Poetry and Book Club: News

Our Poetry and Book club met on Zoom this week and had a most interesting discussion on the Biblical book of Jonah. One of the group was able to share a deep knowledge of the Bible and explained the significance of Jonah in the Jewish faith.

The group also looked at Jonah from the Christian viewpoint as a sign pointing to Christ before concluding with a look at the Prophets of today such as David Attenborough and Pope Francis.

This is the Book Club at it’s very best!

We next meet by Zoom on the 24th March to study “Lancashire Poets”

Book Club: News

Our Poetry and Book club meet on Zoom this Wednesday 24th February at 1.30 to discuss
“The Biblical Book of Jonah”

This is a short read but contains a lot to think about. If you want to join the group then please use the form at the bottom of this page to ask Mike for details of how to join in.

Poetry and Book Club: News

The meeting on ” Wildlife Poetry ” was relaxed and enjoyable:

The discussion took in

The programme for the first half of 2021 comprises

  • 27th January : Poetry- “Time”
  • 24th February: The Biblical book of Jonah.
  • 24th March: Lancashire Poets.
  • 28th April: “A Time of Gifts Patrick” Leigh Fermor.
  • 26th May: DH Lawrence; Poetry or extract from a short story.
  • 23rd June: “Boy” Roald Dahl.
  • 28th July: “Poems from abroad”

All meetings at 1.30 -3.00.

Details of Zoom sign on will be sent to group members the week beforehand.

If you would like to join the group then please click here and use the form at the bottom of the page.

We will be back at the Xaverian centre when God wills it.

Poetry and Book Club: News

We have the bones of a programme for next year from our November meeting.

At this stage these are suggestions.

  • January : Poetry- “Time”
  • February: The Biblical book of Jonah
  • March: Lancashire Poets e.g. Williffe Cunliam (Cunliffe): One of the Lancashire Poets
  • April: “A Time of Gifts Patrick” Leigh Fermor
  • May: DH Lawrence; Poetry and short stories
  • June: “The light between two oceans” M L Stedman
  • July: “Poems from abroad”

Please consider the above carefully and come back to me with any improvements.

The discussion on books for next year was rather rushed, I am particularly not sure about the book for June; ask yourself if you would attend the meeting for that particular book/poet, if you wouldn’t, please come back with another idea.

In the November meeting our favourite books included:

  • “Jane Eyre” by C Bronte
  • “Death at La Fenice” by Donna Leon
  • “Going Solo” Roald Dahl
  • “The Power and the Glory” Graham Greene
  • “The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irvine Stone
  • “Here’s the Story” by Mary McAlease

Our usual great discussion, any of the above would be good for a future meeting.

We meet next by Zoom on the 16th December to discuss “Wildlife Poetry”

Love to all



Remember we welcome new members. If you are finding Winter and Covid hard and want to engage with new people then try us out. Go here, fill out the form at the bottom of the page and we will be in touch.

Poetry and Book Club: News

A reminder that for the meeting on the 25th November 1.30 – 3.00pm by Zoom we have a change to the programme: “My favourite book or author”.

Everyone is asked to to name their favourite book or author and be willing to say a bit about their choice. This topic replaces that previously advertised, “The Grapes of Wrath”. If your favourite is the Grapes of Wrath then we can discuss that too!

If you have not joined in Book Club before then send an email using the form at the bottom of this page. You will be made most welcome.

I hope that by the end of the meeting we will have a list of books to discuss in 2021.

I am looking forward to “seeing” you next week.


Poetry and Book Club: News

Six of the group met by Zoom to discuss the Poetry of Seamus Heaney with two members sending their apologies, one with a poem.

The poems read included:

  1. Postscript
  2. I.I.87
  3. Half term break
  4. Weighing in
  5. Clearances 3
  6. At the Wellhead
  7. The Early purges
  8. Blackberry picking

Though Zoom meetings are far from ideal, we had a very informative and enjoyable session and learned more about this magnificently gifted poet. My thanks to all.

This was the second time we have devoted a meeting solely to Seamus Heaney and I am sure it will not be the last.

Our next meeting is on the 25th November to discuss “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck.

As I write this I wish we had chosen something more cheerful, is it too late to change? Do let me know your thoughts.

During the November meeting we will spend the last few minutes arranging the programme for 2021.

Please send me any suggestions for Books and Poetry for consideration. We have seven sessions up to July.

With very best wishes,

P.S. If you do not have my email address then please click here scroll down and fill in the form.

Poetry and Book Club: News

On Wednesday 28th October our Poetry and Book Club will be taking a look at the poetry of Seamus Heaney.

The group will meet on Zoom at 1:30.

If you are a little nervous of using Zoom and would like some help, then Mike o’Callaghan is giving a tutorial on Tuesday 27th October at 7.30 with the aim of getting you to the point where you are confident you can get logged onto a Zoom meeting and able to say “Hello”.

You can find out more about the group and contact Mike by reading this.