Our Place, Ourselves and our Poetry: Second meeting.


There can be no greater pleasure than listening to individuals reading their poetry……….

Today, we enjoyed that pleasure through the work of Tim, Becky and Adrian, Bob and Vernon We also commented on each other’s writing………..

What emerged was a wide range of interests: Life in general, the closeness of relationships, death, obsessions, childhood.

We discussed, in  some depth,  poetry which had location/place at the heart of it. We illustrated this through the poetry of Vernon Scannell.


Vernon Scannell

Vernon Scannell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next week we will read our poems reflecting the nature of Place. We will also consider a name for the group…………


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Our Place, Ourselves and our Poetry………….Our First Week…..



On 29th October we tentatively met for the inaugural meeting of the poetry group at Development Plus in the heart of Abbey Ward, Lincoln. There were a few of us: Becky, Hannah, John, Tim, Adrian and myself – Vernon.

Quite a few of the members knew each other so forming a group soon became ‘being’ a group. We ranged across a number of topics:

  • So you want to write poetry – Why?
  • The nature of poetry versus other forms of writing.
  • I handed out journals with the request that all writing be recorded there.
  • Why each person was attending.
  • Poetry of ‘Place’ and poetry of ‘Person’.
  • We read poetry by Robert Frost and Ian McMilllan.
  • Some of us feared the ‘rhyming bat’.
  • Our private aims and aspirations for the project.
  • The exercise for the following week was to write in the journal what each person wanted from the next few weeks together.

It’s pretty obvious to me we have some members who are very skilled at wrting and using words…..this should be fun!


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Our Place, Ourselves and our Poetry – New Project for October & November 2013.

Hi Everyone – I thought I’d let everyone know that a new project is starting at the Development Plus Centre on Croft Street, Lincoln entitled: Our Place, Ourselves, Our Poetry.

We [i.e the SSC] have been asked to respond to a request from members of the centre who wish to write some poetry. I’m delighted to be involved with a 5 week project just to see what the needs are and to respond in any way that might be helpful.

We start next week on the 29th October and I’ll keep everyone posted about progress.


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