christmas poetry…

December 22nd 2020

on Zoom!

Here are the poems we read . . .

A David Jones Annunciation by David Scott from Beyond the Drift: New & Selected PoemsBloodaxe Books, 2014, read by Anna Dreda 

The Journey of the Magi by T.S. Eliot from Collected Poems 1909-1962, Faber & Faber, 1974, read by Carol Caffrey 

Balthasar by Gerard Benson from Christmas Poems, chosen by Gaby Morgan, Macmillan Children’s Books, 2013, read by Anna 

The Meeting Place by Christopher Pilling from Christmas Poems, chosen by Gaby Morgan, Macmillan Children’s Books, 2013, read by Pauline Prior-Pitt 

Nativity written and read by Thirza Clout from The Bone Seeker, Mark Time Books, UK, 2016

a pint for the true shepherds by Helen Mort from A Pint for the Ghost, Kindle only, from The Twelve Poems of Christmas, Volume 6, Candlestick Press, 2012, read by Graham Attenborough

On Seeing a Christian Gardener at 80 by Patric Dickinson from Light Unlocked: Christmas Card Poems, edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail, Enitharmon Press, 2005, read by Char March

Christmas in Envelopes by U.A. Fanthorpe from Christmas Poems, Enitharmon Press, 2002read by Anna 

Mr and Mrs R and the Christmas Card List by Connie Bensley from The Twelve Poems of Christmas, Volume 2, Candlestick Press,  read by Carol

Christmas List Carnage written and read by Char March from Full Stops in Winter Branches, Valley Press, 2018

The Christmas Life by Wendy Cope from Christmas Poems, Faber & Faber, 2017, read by Thirza

Family Tree written and read by Pauline Prior-Pitt from Waiting Women, 1989, Spike Press

Little Donkey by Wendy Cope from Christmas Poems, Faber & Faber, 2017, read by Char 

Motorway by Wendy Cope from Christmas Poems, Faber & Faber, 2017, read by Thirza

A Numinous Event by Vernon Scannell first published in Behind the Lines, Shoestring Press, 2004, from The Twelve Poems of Christmas, Volume 5, Candlestick Press, read by Graham 

Snow Blind written and read by Carol Caffrey from The Untethered Space, 4Word, 2020

Oranges at Christmas Time by Elizabeth Bewick from Light Unlocked – Christmas  Card Poems edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland and Lawrence Sail, Enitharmon Press, 2005, read by Pauline 

1960s written and read by Graham Attenborough from New Face in Hell, Bare Fiction, 2016

The Other Christmas Poem by Fleur Adcock from Christmas Spirit – Ten Poems to Warm the Heart, Candlestick Press, 2019, read by Thirza 

Winter Solstice written and read by Tess Jolly from Breakfast at the Origami Café, Blue Diode Publishing, 2020

Christmas Thank You’s by Mick Gower from The Puffin Book of Christmas Poems, Penguin, 1990, read by Char

Another Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy from Another Night Before Christmas, Pan Macmillan, 2010, read by Anna

Here are our guest poets ~

Char March

Tess Jolly

Pauline Prior-Pitt

Graham Attenborough

Thirza Clout

Carol Caffrey

Here is where I read from ~

Remember the bookshop’s famous, and much-loved, round table?

Here is where you can find the books ~

Wishing you all the best for the coming year, and here’s a song from Ella Fitzgerald to set a mellow tone for New Year’s Eve. Whatever you’ll be doing, stay safe, be well, be patient!

Anna Dreda

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