March 2024 to July 2024 newsletter

Dear Poetry Friends



Sunday March 24th, 1000am till 12 noon


Spanning the centuries from street to street, we will pass front doors once familiar to Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, John Donne, T S Eliot, R W Emerson, Thomas Gray, Hilda Doolittle, Dorothy Richardson, D H Lawrence, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, William Wordsworth, Wilfred Owen and W B Yeats, and hear the often untold stories of their lives there. . .

Full details, including how to book, at:


Thursday April 4th, 630pm, Brendon Books, Taunton, Somerset

                      D H LAWRENCE, POET

D H Lawrence is the first chapter of the new book I am writing, Being There, about my poetry life and the poets who made a difference to me personally.

This evening is for all of you who read and love poetry, whether or not you have yet discovered D H Lawrence as a poet and not only as the author of Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow and other novels. I have at least one friend who came to Lawrence’s novels through his poetry.

Lawrence, who called his 1920-23 collection Birds, Beasts and Flowers, was eminently a poet of nature (among many who came after, Hughes and Plath both admired him for it), but also of so much more than that.  



Monday 22 April to Monday 1 July (no session Monday 10 June)

   A new 10-week online course, Mondays 1530-1700 unless otherwise stated)

Mondays 22 and 29 April

Mondays 6, 13, 20 and 27 May

Mondays 3, 17 (at 1030am till 12 noon) and 24 June

Monday 1 July

                     OVID’S METAMORPHOSES

Plate 1: The Creation of the World (Orbis fabrica), from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', Antonio Tempesta (Italian, Florence 1555–1630 Rome), Etching

Antonio Tempesta, The Creation of the World (Orbis fabrica), from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (1606), Met NYC

Ovid’s masterpiece, a poem in fifteen books, the Metamorphoses, a great poetic symphony of transformations, has influenced art and literature across two thousand years, as much as, and perhaps even more than, any other poem.

Like moths to a candle-flame, our English poets have turned to Ovid: Chaucer, Spenser, Arthur Golding, Shakespeare, Gower, Dryden, Pope, Shelley, Mary Shelley, Matthew Arnold, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney have translated or done versions of the Metamorphoses.

If Ovid had never existed, there would be plenty of empty walls in the art galleries of the world.

There may be four vacancies on this course. These will be released on or before 30 March. If you would be interested to know more, write to Graham at

If you are writing . . .

Graham continues to read, comment, and give tutorials on typescripts of poetry and prose, including collections. Contact him if you would be interested in this for yourself or anyone else at .

“How grateful I am for your unfailing gift of wise counsel – whether it’s about a philosophy or the placing of a comma, you’ve been on to it. And never daunting, always friendly”.

Patrick Coldstream, Hertfordshire (2021)

“Your work on my book taught me so much”.

Celia Purcell (2022)

“A masterclass in line-breaks and word order”

Owen Gallagher (2022)

Recorded lectures available in the online series can all be booked via  Click on link here and then on the image.

All best wishes



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