Welcome

Welcome to my website, where you can read about my publications to date, my interests and experiences, my hopes for the future and my ideas. I use the blog to post poetry reviews and short essays on individual poems and  collections. There is also a contacts page where you can email me. I’ve spent most of my working life as an English teacher at the Manchester Grammar School. Teaching has been a wonderfully stimulating and rewarding way of life, despite the inhibiting pressure of exams. Now I organise poetry discussion groups, tutor for the Poetry School, work on the committee of Poets & Players to promote performances of poetry and music in Manchester, write reviews, read more widely and write more of my own poetry. You can link to the Poets & Players website here to see photographs and videos of our events over the last few years and details of future performances. .

 

Free Saturday Poetry Discussions in the Manchester Buddhist Centre:
We have been very fortunate to be offered accomodation in the library at the Manchester Buddhist Centre at 16–20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ. These are free events and open to anyone who wants to come, but people attending will need to bring their own copies of the poems we discuss. Poets we’ve read and talked about include Alice Oswald, Andrew Marvell, Anne Stevenson, Basil Bunting, David Constantine, Derek Mahon, Edward Thomas, Edwin Morgan, Elizabeth Bishop, Ezra Pound, Fiona Sampson, George Seferis, Jane Draycott, Jo Shapcott, John Donne, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Linda France, Michael Longley, Philip Larkin, Rebecca Perry, Rilke, Robin Robertson, Seamus Heaney, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Tishani Doshi, Tomas Tranströmer, T S Eliot, W B Yeats and W S Merwin and Wallace Stevens.

Entry is completely free, but donations of any size to the Buddhist Centre would be appreciated if you felt able to give anything.

 

Saturday 9th March, 10.30am – 12.30 pm: Ruth Padel, poems from Emerald  – Manchester Buddhist Centre

Entry is free and there is no need to book, but please bring copies of these poems, which you can find by clicking on the titles: “Salon Noir”, “The Emerald Tablet”, “Set in Gold”, “Clast”, “Second Chance”, “Gorey Bay, Jersey, 1933”, “Intermission”. “Salon Noir” is the poem I particularly want to discuss and as it’s several pages it will take a good bit of our time – please read at least that in advance. I think Emerald itself well worth buying – published by Chatto & Windus, RRP £10.

 

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