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Open Mic for MIND
Wednesday 8th May (2nd Week), 7.30-10pm, Common Ground Workspace
We're back at it again with another Open Mic in partnership with Oxford Writer's House. This time we are glad to announce this Mental Health Open Mic to raise donations for Oxfordshire Mind.
Don't miss out on your chance to read and enjoy poetry by Oxford's best at Common Ground, 37-38 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HU.
All attendees will have an opportunity to read and showcase their work; to do so email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you on the list.
Poets at Keble - Hannah Sullivan
Thursday, 23rd May (4th week), 6.30pm, Pusey Room, Keble College
Hannah Sullivan is a poet and critic. She received her PhD in English and American Literature from Harvard in 2008 and, before coming to New College, Oxford, she was an Assistant Professor in the English department at Stanford. Her first book, The Work of Revision (2013), won the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, and her debut collection, Three Poems (2018), won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the inaugural John Pollard Foundation Poetry Prize.
Please email any queries to email@example.com
What We Should Have Said
Wednesday 29th May (5th week), 8pm, T.S. Eliot Theatre, Merton College
'What We Should Have Said' is a unique touring performance event staging interconnected poetry and music. Actor and performance artist Stuart Silver (known to many of you from The Double, The Mighty Boosh, and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace) leads the troupe, with guest poets Lorraine Marriner, Rachel Long, Stuart Silver, Richard Douglas Pennant and with Peter Foggitt on piano.
**Please note: the T.S. Eliot Theatre is at the far end of Merton, so do allow plenty of time to get there (the venue is on the ground floor, but there are a couple of steps up and down on the way from the lodge). If you are unsure of the way, please be at the Merton lodge (situated on Merton Street) no later than 7:55pm, and a committee member will escort you to the theatre.
Approx. 50 mins duration. Free entry, but donations welcomed and suggested as we are a student run society on a tight budget!
Adam Phillips Seminar
Wednesday 5th June (6th week), 4.30pm, Pusey Room, Keble College
Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and essayist. He is author of many books, including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, On Flirtation, The Beast in the Nursery, Darwin’s Worms, Houdini’s Box, Going Sane, Missing Out, Becoming Freud, and In Writing. His next book, Attention Seeking, will be published in July.
‘The Poet’s Essay’ seminar is held three times a year. There are no sign-up lists or reserved places, although there is a small amount of required reading in advance of each seminar. The series focuses primarily on American poetry of the twentieth century. Before each seminar, Phillips prepares a handout featuring a selection of work to be discussed; the handout is available via a downloadable link, and at the seminar Phillips introduces the material and leads the discussion.
The next seminar will be on John Koethe's 'The Experience of Experience'
All welcome. Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry, Philosophy and Fizz w/ MCPS & PWIPS
Friday 7th June, 8pm, T.S Eliot Theatre, Merton College
Not content with the single alliteration of last term's 'Feminism and Fizz', People for Women in Philosophy Society have joined the party to make an eye- and phonic-alliterative event!
We'll be having Emma Mason, Rachel Fraser and Lillian Hingley give (relaxed) mini-talks about the intersection between Philosophy and Poetry, plus there'll be the chance to mingle over prosecco and sign up for an open mic (philosophy themed poems particularly appreciated!).
If you would like to read at the open mic, please email email@example.com.
Entry is £3, free for Merton students.
Visual Media Poetry Workshop
Tuesday 11th June (7th Week), 7pm, Seminar Room East, Mansfield College.
This term we're spicing thing up with a visual poetry workshop. You'll be able to try your hand at collage poetry, blackout poetry, and much more! This is a great way to get crafty with words whether you never write poetry or are just looking for some new techniques to get the inspiration flowing.
Poetry Walk & Picnic with Merton Poetry Society
Saturday 15th June (7th week), 1.30pm, meeting at Christ Church Meadows St Aldate's entrance
Take a guided walk of Oxford with us as we visit some poetic spots around the city, ending with a picnic in the park to soak up the Trinity sunshine!
Martin Starkie Competition and Prize-giving
THE MARTIN STARKIE PRIZE IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED. A SHORTLIST WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY 31ST MAY.
Oxford University Poetry Society's annual poetry competition, The Martin Starkie Prize, will be open for submissions from Sunday 5th May and submissions will close on Sunday 19th May.
Please send your poem/poems (in .pdf format), no longer than 100 LINES in combined length, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will not receive a confirmation email.
Poems must be predominantly in English, and must be your original, previously unpublished work (translations will be considered but must have permission from the author of the original). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but if your poem is accepted for publication elsewhere, it is your responsibility to let us know as soon as possible so that your poem can be withdrawn from the competition.
Submissions will be accepted ONLY from current students at Oxford University (undergraduate and postgraduate students included - please send your poem from your Oxford email address with a short bio).
Unfortunately we cannot accept submissions from current members of the OUPS committee.
The poems will be judged by HANNAH SULLIVAN, and will be considered for both prizes:
-Martin Starkie Prize for Best poem
-Dart Prize for Most Formally Innovative Poem
There is no entry fee and a cash prize of £300 for the Martin Starkie Prize, and £200 for the Dart Prize, and the winning poems will be published in OUPS's termly magazine, Ash, in its next edition.
The shortlist will be announced by 31st May, and the shortlisted poets will be invited to a reading where the winner will be announced.
Our faithful editors will be bringing you another brilliant edition of ASH this term - submissions open now:
To submit to the next edition of ASH, please email your poem(s) attached in a Word document to email@example.com. Include the title(s) of your poem(s) in the body of the email, as well as a short biography (no more than 55 words in third person) in case your poetry is selected. Poems should be your own work and in English (although of course this is broad and open to variation – do email if you have queries).
Please submit a maximum of 100 lines in total: this could take the form of 3 shorter poems or one or two long ones. The deadline for submissions will be midnight on the Sunday of 4th week. You will not receive a confirmation email.
Annie Fan, President
Hello! I'm Annie (she/they), a second-year law student at St Hugh’s College. As well as spending the year wallowing in my tort textbooks, I hope to bring you three packed and plentiful terms of poetry!
My work has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and appears, or will appear, in Poetry London, Ambit, and The Manchester Review, among others. I was a prizewinner in Tower Poetry, twice, and was commended twice in Foyle Young Poets of the Year. I’ve also received Lancaster University’s prizes for both poetry and fiction, in addition to the Young Person’s Prize at Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Felix Dennis Award at Stratford Literary Festival. Currently, I’m also a shadow trustee at MPT Magazine (so please, please, please discuss poetry in translation with me!).
Feel free to get in touch about anything poetry related – you can contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on twitter (@gnomic_aorist)
Alexander Haveron-Jones, Secretary and Social Media Manager
I'm Alex, a second-year studying English at Somerville. Although I am always writing poetry, it is often somewhat private, something I share only with friends and fellow students - however, I have previously had some of my work published in Oxford publications such as The Isis and our very own ASH.
Although I currently write much more prose than I do poetry, I anticipate all the wonderful events coming this academic year, and am sure that I will be able to meet many vibrant Oxford poets.
As secretary and social media manager, I will be making sure that everyone is updated as to OUPS' events and opportunities, and look forward to contacting you all in our weekly mail-out.
Feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions (email@example.com)!
Natalie Perman, Workshops Coordinator
Hi poetry lovers! I’m Natalie, a second-year English and German student at St John’s, and I try to keep everyone updated with our events on social media. I’m an American-English Jewish poet who loves languages and literature. I’ve had the honour of winning the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017, being commended in 2018, and winning the Forward Student Critics’ Competition, as well as being published in magazines (such as in Ash!). You can find some of my work on my page on the Poetry Society website.
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