LUTON POETRY SOCIETY - "Bringing Poetry To Life"

Founder - Mary Emeji (Luton Poet Laureate)

Happy New Year 2014!!!

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**Free for Members**


 

 PAST EVENTS IN 2014, plus photos!

 

 

 

SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 "Fresh Start"

New year, new you, new things - but William Shakespeare finds the new in the old (Sonnet 76). Lots of inspiring poems by our members, ranging from diet tips, to self-motivation, to finding the star in you, to a stone egg hatching in the post office! We sure had everything new! Piano music was a breath of fresh air, including the classic "Time To Say Goodbye".
Now, you have a 365-page book titled 2014, write it good!

 

Attendance: 17
 
Performing Poets: 10

J.S. Watts, Francis McDonnell, Mary Emeji, Sue Blain, David Oakley-Hill, Helen Couldwell, Samantha Newbury, William Grieg, Craig Donohoe, and Lawrence Maxwell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 "Happy Valentine!"

Beginning with Shakespeare's 'Marriage of True Minds - Sonnet 116' and Shelley's 'Love's Philosophy', our poets wowed with romantic, beautiful, bewildering, hilarious and hopeful love poems! Love was in the air, as sure as cupids and roses resulting from a love game. Then we had the Valentine quiz! Scores won't be announced.

 

Attendance: 13
 
Performing Poets: 9

Sue Blain, John Ayodeji, Doreen Steinberg, Mary Emeji, Francis McDonnell, Helen Couldwell, Richard Sisson, Samantha Newbury, and Angela Wilkinson. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 29TH MARCH 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 "Colours"

A royal day for Luton poets, as we were visited by Her Majesty's Lord-lieutenant HELEN NELLIS. Colourful poems, classical music, colour quotes and a dip into colour personality analysis, that is how one's favourite colour affects their personality. The Spring weather stayed faithful.
Here is what the Lord-lieutenant said of us: “I am delighted to meet a group of artists who are actively engaged in writing poetry and composing music in Luton. Poetry forms a great part of my life, and it's such a thrill to hear a good variety of poems today. It is through sharing in events like these, that we learn more about ourselves and other people in our fantastically vibrant communities.”

 

Attendance: 21
 
Performing Poets: 12

John Ayodeji, Theresa Rhodes, Mary Emeji, William Greig, J.S. Watts, Sue Blain, Francis McDonnell, Helen Couldwell, Samantha Newbury, David Oakley-Hill, Lawrence Maxwell and Adolphus Burke.

 

 

 

 

{Music by Kurt and Richard - from Luton Music Club}

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 26TH APRIL 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 "Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!"

To celebrate the 450th birthday of the Bard of England, we performed his sonnets, poems and excerpts from his plays. Amazingly, we got acquainted with words and phrases coined by William which are frequently in use today:

"For goodness sake" - Henry VIII

"Knock knock! Who's there?" - Macbeth

"Fashionable" - Troilus and Cressida

"A heart of gold" - Henry V

"All of a sudden" - The Taming of the Shrew

"Come what, come may" - Macbeth

"A wild goose chase" - Romeo and Juliet

"In the twinkle of an eye" - Merchant of Venice

"All's well that ends well" - All's Well That Ends Well

…And many more!

 

Attendance: 20

 
Performing Poets: 9

Mary Emeji, Sue Blain, Francis McDonnell, Gillian Pestell, Joan Mackinnon, Gwinyai Masaka, Richard Sisson, Theresa Rhodes and Edewede Oriwoh. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 31ST MAY 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 "Time"

It was the topic on which the whole of creation is based - Time - and our poetry shed light on many aspects of this: history, past, present, future, the value of time, and the essence of time. Use your time wisely, each minute past cannot be regained. Be all that you dream, time is treasure!

 

Attendance: 14
 
Performing Poets: 9

J.S. Watts, Sue Blain, Mary Emeji, Helen Couldwell, John Ayodeji, Doreen Steinberg, Edewede Oriwoh, Angela Wilkinson and Joan Mackinnon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 28TH JUNE 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 "Plants and Animals"

A virtual trip to the plants and animals kingdom, with various species coming to play. Very informative poetry, as well as interactive games among members on plants and animals. Today was also a celebration of Luton Poetry Society's 3rd Birthday! Well done to Luton Poets, even as our books display table is running out of space. Photos below...!

 

Attendance: 13
 
Performing Poets: 9

Doreen Steinberg, Sue Blain, David Oakley-Hill, Mary Emeji, Helen Couldwell, Angela Wilkinson, Francis McDonnell, Samantha Newbury and Kat Anderson. 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 26TH JULY 2014

Stockwood Park, Luton

 "Poetry in the Sun"

Summer poems performed underneath the Sun, oh what could be more luminous? A fantastic day out for Luton poets in the picturesque gardens of Stockwood Park.

 

Attendance: 12
 
Performing Poets: 8
 
Theresa Rhodes, Francis McDonnell, Mary Emeji, John Ayodeji, Alan Rainer, Doreen Steinberg, Richard Sisson, and Brian McDonnell.
 
 
 
 
[Victoria Gardens]
 
 
 
 
 
 

SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 "Be A Poet - History Comes Alive"

We travelled back in time to ages past - performing and dressed as historical poets. A tribute to these poets who laid the foundations that we now follow. An amazing day of poetry drama, even with the soundtrack of "Doctor Who" popping up as we time-traveled in the Blue Box!

 

Attendance: 18
 
Performing Poets:11
 
 
     
   Mary Emeji as KING SOLOMON (982 - 931BC)                             Theresa Rhodes as
                                                                                           EMILY BRONTE (1818-1848)
 
 
  





















Sue Blain as EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY                    Isabel Casey as DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321)

(1892-1950)

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Doreen Steinberg as ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

(1806 - 1861)                                                             Alan Rainer as JOHN KEATS (1795-1821)

 

 

John Ayodeji as WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827)                    Samantha Newbury as

                                                                                   ELEANOR FARJEON (1881-1965)

 

Joan Mackinnon as T.S. ELIOT (1888-1965)                                         Craig Donohoe as

                                                                                                    VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKI (1893-1930)

 

 

Yakub Plis as OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)

 

And in the present time......piano music by Ifor Michael (as himself)

 

WELL DONE LUTON POETS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 Luton Poetry Festival 2014, Theme - "Air"

A day of many poems on the most important element for human existence - Air! Very informative, refreshing, tranquil and breezy day! Our poems transcended from the depth of the oceans to the highest sky. Air is everywhere. We might get to the moon next time. Oh the imagination of poetry...!

 

Attendance: 19
 
Performing Poets: 12
 
Mary Emeji, J.S. Watts, Doreen Steinberg, Francis McDonnell, Samantha Newbury, Joy Simpson, John Ayodeji, Sylvia Jeffers, Brian McDonnell, David Oakley-Hill, Sue Martin and Rebecca Simpson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 National Poetry Day 2014, Theme - "Remember"

Remember - a thought, a promise, a plea, a threat? Luton Poets surely gave an extensive usage of the word in a variety of poems, including those of memories, WWI, reflections, silence e.t.c. Wouldn't life be much easier if we could remember all we wish to remember, and forget all we wish to forget?

Classical music by Trumpeter - Peter Lewis

 

Attendance: 9
 
Performing Poets: 6
 
Doreen Steinberg, Francis McDonnell, Mary Emeji, Joan Mackinnon, Alan Rainer, and Brian McDonnell. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2014

Luton Central Library (Conference Room), Time: 2.00pm

 "Winter"

Snow, sleet, rain, gale, frost, ice pellets...Luton poets were sure to find the good in winter! If our snow poems come true this Christmas, the galaxy would have heard us!

Beautiful piano music by Ifor, including Tchaikovsky. 

 

Attendance:17
 
Performing Poets:13
 
Helen Couldwell, Mary Emeji, Samantha Newbury, Doreen Steinberg, Francis McDonnell, Sue Blain, Theresa Rhodes, John Ayodeji, Brian McDonnell, Joy Simpson, Richard Sisson, Sue Martin, and David Oakley-Hill.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2014

Luton Central Library (First Floor), Time: 2.00pm

 Christmas Poetry Party!

Jingle bells, jingle bells....Luton poets are here to tell. Christmas poems, singing carols, piano music, cakes and yummies, santa's gifts? Our party was everything Christmassy in the well decorated central library. One of us Craig, recited a poem that foresaw the 100th anniversary of Luton Poetry Society celebrating Christmas. Oh timeless Christmas!

 

Attendance:16
 
Performing Poets:12
 
Gillian Pestell, Brian McDonnell, Mary Emeji, Samantha Newbury, Craig Donohoe, Doreen Steinberg, John Ayodeji, Sue Martin, Francis McDonnell, Sue Blain, Helen Couldwell, and Alan Rainer.

 

 

 

[Snowflake Cake]

 

 

 OTHER CHRISTMASSY THINGS?

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE CROWN LUTON...

 

 

 END OF THE YEAR TOAST AT THE WHITE HOUSE

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2014, LUTON!!!