Christmas Poetry on Zoom, December 22nd, 2020
Our first Christmas Poetry Reading on Zoom was a wonderful, happy, and very festive, occasion!
You can see the poems we read below.
Our special guest readers were Char March, Tess Jolly, Thirza Clout, Graham Attenborough, Carol Caffrey and Pauline Prior-Pitt
A David Jones Annunciation by David Scott from Beyond the Drift: New & Selected Poems, Bloodaxe 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, 2002, read 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
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