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. .

 

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 events are open to anyone who wants to come, and there’s no need to book, but people attending will need to bring their own copies of the poems we discuss.

There’s no payment for the group as such but I do ask people attending to make a £5 donation to the Buddhist Centre. I will collect this donation at the meeting.

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, Geoffrey Hill, George Seferis, Helen Dunmore, Jane Draycott, Jo Shapcott, John Donne, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Linda France, Michael Longley, Philip Larkin, Rebecca Perry, Rilke, Robin Robertson, Ruth Padel, Seamus Heaney, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Tishani Doshi, Tomas Tranströmer, T S Eliot, W B Yeats, W S Merwin and Wallace Stevens.

 

Saturday 14th December – poems by Mary Jean Chan, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, Manchester Buddhist Centre library.

Some of you may have Chan’s book, Flèche, and if you have please bring it. Otherwise please bring copies of the following poems: “Flèche”, “The Window”, “Names”, “what my mother (a poet) might say”, which you can find by clicking here; “The Calligrapher” and “The Importance of Tea”, which you can find here; “What My Diary Might Look Like” and “On Losing Face So the Body Comes Back” which you can find here; “At the Castro”, which you can find here; and “They Would Have All That”, which you can find here.

There’s no payment for the group as such but I do ask people attending to make a £5 donation to the Buddhist Centre. I will collect this donation at the meeting.