christmas poetry…

in Clungunford Church

Poetry and mulled wine! Thank you to everyone who came: here are the poems we read . . .

1. Ballad of the Bread Man by Charles Causley, from www.allpoetry.com, read by Tim
2. The Gardener at Christmas by UA Fanthorpe, from Collected Poems 1978 -2003, published by Peterloo, read by Ali
3. Six filled the woodshed with soft cries by Maura Dooley, from: Poetry with an Edge, published by Bloodaxe Books, read by Anna
4. Christmas List Carnage by Char March, from Full Stops in Winter Branches published by Valley Press, read by Susie
5. Family Tree by Pauline Prior Pitt from Waiting Women, published by Spike Press, read by Anna
6. Speaking of Angels from Light Unlocked – Christmas Card Poems edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail, published by Enitharmon Press, read by Ali
7. On Seeing a Christian Gardner at Eighty by Patric Dickinson from Light Unlocked – Christmas Card Poems edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail, published by Enitharmon Press, read by Tim
8. Holly by Seamus Heaney from Light Unlocked – Christmas Card Poems edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail, published by Enitharmon Press, read by Ali
9. Nativity by Thirza Clout, from The Bone Seeker by Thirza Clout, published by Mark Time Books, read by Susie
10. Christmas Eve by Liz Berry from The Twelve Poems of Christmas, Volume 7, published by Candlestick Press read by Tim
11. Christmas Eve by Sandy Brownjohn from The Oxford Treasury of Christmas Poems edited by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark, published by Oxford University Press read by Susie
12. Go to the Child by Imtiaz Dharkar, unpublished – This poem was specially commissioned for the annual Radio 3 Carol Competition: amateur composers were invited to create a new piece of music to the poem, thus creating a contemporary carol. The winning carol was announced on December 19th and you can listen to the carol on BBC Sounds. Imtiaz very kindly gave her permission for us to read this poem in Clungunford. It was read by Ali
13. Shepherds by Gillian Clarke from Light Unlocked – Christmas Card Poems edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail, published by Enitharmon Press, Anna
14. a pint for the true shepherds by Helen Mort, from The Twelve Poems of Christmas, Volume 6, published by Candlestick Press, read by Tim
15.Various Portents by Alice Oswald, from The Twelve Poems of Christmas, Volume 4, published by Candlestick Press, read by Tim
16. BC:AD by U A Fanthorpe, from Christmas Poems, published by Enitharmon Press, read by Susie
17. Adoration of the shepherds, a Night Piece after Rembrandt’s etching, The Hunterian, Glasgow, by Lorraine Mariner from Christmas Crackers, Candlestick Press, read by Ali
18. 1960s by Graham Attenborough, from New Face in Hell, published by Bare Fiction read by Tim
19. Christmas Thank You’s by Mick Gower, from The Puffin Book of Christmas Poems, compiled by Wes Magee, published by Puffin, read by Susie
20. A Possible Prayer for New Year by Frances Bellerby, from The Twelve Poems of Christmas, Volume 3, published by Candlestick Press read by Tim
21. Promise by Jackie Kay, from Christmas Poems, chosen by Gaby Morgan, published by Macmillan, read by Ali
22. To the New Year by W S Merwin, from www.poetryfoundation.org read by Susie
23. Another Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy, from Another Night Before Christmas, published by Pan Macmillan, read by Anna

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