End of April into May 2020 Newsletter
Dear Poetry Friends
EDWARD THOMAS NIGHT COMING UP ON WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL
On Wednesday 29 April, I am replacing my scheduled Sutton House Neruda Night (as Sutton House is closed until the end of June) with an Edward Thomas Night which I am recording in advance to guarantee the highest possible technical quality in vision and sound.
The event is shown as bookable All Day on Wednesday 29 April. It is also already bookable (and more about the lecture is available) now at
Having clicked on the link above, you simply click on the green button marked Request Booking. You will see it beneath the much larger black button marked Book Now which doesn’t do anything!
To make it easier for me to upload Edward Thomas Night to Youtube, the recording will be in two parts.
To make the experience of watching and listening closer to that of a live lecture for you, I will send all bookers the link to the Edward Thomas recording during the day on 29 April.
That way, if you wish, you and others can then watch it in real time that evening from 7pm, or, of course, at any other time you prefer.
The Edward Thomas Night recording will also be available after 29 April, bookable in the same way.
WORDSWORTH NIGHT ON THURSDAY 28 MAY, REPLACING OVID
In place of my second Sutton House lecture in the 2020 series, on Ovid (which will be given ‘live’ later), I will now be offering a recorded lecture on William Wordsworth, whose 250th anniversary is this year. Booking for this lecture is also open now and the lecture will be available from 28 May. Go to
As soon as I have the go-ahead to install Virgin Media broadband at my house, I intend to open future lectures up to the audience in sound and, with any luck technically, add the option of being in vision too, for a Q&A at the end.
WHITMAN NIGHT ON THURSDAY 25 JUNE, REPLACING PUSHKIN NIGHT (POSTPONED UNTIL LATER)
I am hopeful that by the last week in June I will have the advantages of this much-improved broadband. More details will follow in my June newsletter about whether Whitman Night can be a live presentation.
NEW RECORDING OF MY POETRY IS COMMUNICATION LECTURE*
If you would like to see the re-recording of this lecture – in which technical quality is now good – please send your cheque or cash for £5 to me at 2 Harpur Mews, London WC1N 3PE and I will send you the links (to Part One and Part Two of the lecture) by return. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please send me an e-mail and I will let you have my bank details.
More about this lecture at
All best wishes
*AN ONLINE AUDIENCE RESPONSE TO POETRY IS COMMUNICATION
“I finally managed to sit down and listen to Poetry is Communication (my own delay) and enjoyed it very much indeed. It is wonderful, for a start, to have all that poetry read to one, but then to have your wise and imaginative thought linking it all together is a stimulating and restorative blessing after a day of sadness for the world and personal fatigue and frustration (brought on by internet incompetence!)”.
Brenda Herbert, London