In 2022 we were delighted to announce the launch of a new poetry reading group. We are back for 2023, meeting monthly (March to November) to read and discuss some of the world’s greatest poetry.

Led by poets David Mason and Cally Conan-Davies (a. k. a. Chrissy Mason), open to anyone interested in poetry, this reading group will be more celebration than seminar, a chance to read widely and deeply and talk about how poetry makes meaning in our lives.

We wanted to begin our readings with a relatively new anthology, Joy, edited by the superb Christian Wiman, but it won’t be available in time, so we’ll delay it by starting off with two other great modern poets, Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost. We have not yet pinned down all the other books we will use but you can reserve the dates in your diaries now.

The group generally meets the third Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the Afterword Cafe. In the first month, March 2023, we will meet on the 4th Wednesday, just to have a bit more time to get books ordered. 

The cost to attend the group is $10 per session. Places are strictly limited. For more information, and to register your interest, contact Rayne at

Schedule (please note that this may be subject to revision.):

March 22: Seamus Heaney, 100 Poems (Faber)
April 26: Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Penguin)
June 21: Alice Oswald, Falling Awake (Cape)
July 19: Joy, edited by Christian Wiman (Yale UP)
August 16: Joy, edited by Christian Wiman (Yale UP)
September 20: D H Lawrence, Selected Poems (Penguin)
October 18: Philip Larkin, Collected Poems (Faber)
November 15: A.E. Stallings, The Afterlife: Selected Poems (Carcanet)