The Xaverians have closed the Coatbridge Centre for the moment and are discussing the situation in Preston today. More news on that later.
In the meantime our Book Club group are suspending their meetings for the present. Mike writes…
“I regret to say that the meeting this Wednesday ( 18th March) is cancelled. All future meetings are cancelled until further notice.
However do continue to read ‘Occupational Hazard’ by Rory Stewart. I will be in touch in the next couple of days suggesting how we can discuss this on-line.”
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.
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!
Eat Your Words by Benjamin Zephaniah
I am a veggie table
A table made of veg,
There’s so much fruit upon me
All living on the edge,
Life is hard
But so are plates
And tea can be quite hot,
And vegetarian poets
Make me nervous quite a lot.
At our meeting on Wednesday 22nd January we will discuss the Poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah.
Mike o’Callaghan says “From my reading so far, this should be entertaining and interesting.”
So, if your New Year’s resolutions permit, why not come along and discuss poetry? It could be both fun and thought provoking.