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



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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,

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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.

Book Club: News

Six of us met by Zoom on Wednesday to discuss ” Falling Upwards” by Richard Rohr.

Were joined by a new member for a few minutes. Unfortunately we could see her but not hear her! We look forward to her meeting with us soon.

The basic message of Falling Upward is simple: We all come to a crisis in our lives; with God’s help we can work through this crisis and come to a space of spiritual refreshment, peace and compassion that you could not have imagined before.

Rohr references many examples from the Bible of this. We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right.

The falling will happen to all, but the growth in the second half of life doesn’t necessarily happen. If you welcome it then you will hear a deeper voice of God than you have heard before.

Our criticisms were: Rohr takes a long time to give this simple message; are there two distinct phases in life? and his view that many in the Church are stuck in the first phase of life.

We agreed the following programme for the autumn term:

  • September, Genesis Ch 1-3.
  • October, The Poetry of Seamus Heaney.
  • November, The Grapes of Wrath ” John Steinbech.
  • December, Wildlife Poetry.

All above should be on the 4th Wednesday of the month. I will confirm dates and venue nearer the time; I have emailed the Xaverian centre asking what their position is on opening.

We meet next by Zoom on Wednesday 22nd July at 1.30 to discuss ” Summer Poems “

Book club news

On the 19th February we discussed the ” Shepherd’s Life ” by James Reebanks.

The following quote from the National Geographic is apt “A gorgeous book, unsentimental, vivid and profound.”

We next meet on the 18th March to discuss Poetry – Lost and Found.

We have decided to interpret this theme very widely; perhaps just a poem new to you that you have found; or indeed any poem that you have found, that you like.

We have collected £20.65 over the last couple of months for the Carmelite India fund; I will pass this onto Jenny. Many thinks to those who have contributed to this great cause.

Our book club is open to everyone. Read along with us, then come and share your thoughts and observations.

Book club news

On Wednesday 22nd January, eight of us met to read the poetry of Benjamin Zephania.

We found he has a fertile imagination and is interested in everything; he doesn’t let protocol or tradition get in his way.

He uses poetry to fight against a variety of injustices. He has a great sense of humour and a love of nature.

We next meet on the 19th February to discuss; ” The Shepherd’s Life- A tale of the Lake District.” by James Reebanks.

This is being serialised on Radio 4 extra this week , if you have the BBC sounds app you can get it on catch up. I am sure no-one in the group will cheat and avoid reading the book!