Attending: Peter Morley, Tricia, Liz, Amanda, Greg, Danny

Apologies: Alan, Cathy, Peter Murphy, Hilary, Sarah DD, Carla, Heather, Simon.



1) Since our last meeting, four new items had gone up on the WWC website as well as the minutes – three New Victoria theatre reviews by Amanda, and Greg’s ‘Confessions of a local am-dram performer’.  There was some discussion about trying to tweak the website to include more examples of members’ work, and the occasional ‘community’ article.  

2) Greg mentioned the forthcoming Woking literary festival, which will include five hours of open mic poetry in the Lightbox café on Saturday April 27, compered by Greg and fellow compere Rodney Wood. Contact Greg at gregfreem62@gmail.com if you’d like a five-minute slot.

3) Liz said that the next book group meeting would be on Monday 8 April at the Crown pub in Horsell at 8pm. The book is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce



Greg read his poem ‘The Butterflies of Yorkshire’, which is included in his Trainspotters collection, and is an example of a ‘found’ poem, the words and phrases coming from a reference book with the same title as the poem. The idea of a ‘found’ poem, in which you borrow and reassemble content from elsewhere, was new to some, and sparked interest.

Tricia read a poem which she described as ‘poetry/prose/musings’ on the homework topic, Uncharted Territory. It was based on the idea of discovering things for the first time, through the eyes of a child, and included Ranulph Feinnes’ vertical crossing of the world, and a reference to a recent news story about a pilot mistakenly taking his passengers to Edinburgh instead of Frankfurt.

Danny read the first chapter of a novel which he described as ‘1984 from the perspective of the Thought Police’. We enjoyed its fast pace and arresting descriptions and images. A tough and stylish beginning that was impressive.

Liz returned to the subject of the book group’s latest novel (see above).  Although she had not yet reached the end of the actual novel, she set herself the task of writing an alternative conclusion. The setting was Gateshead and Newcastle, an area close to her heart.

Amanda entertained us with a very jolly and entirely fictitious account called The Inspection. The scenes of panic when the snap inspection is announced and the relief when it is all over were relayed with her customary humour. A true feat of the imagination.

Peter read his poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, which was triggered by The Oldie magazine, on the theme of Independence, its lyrical content strongly influenced by WB Yeats and Coleridge’s The Ancient Mariner.


NEXT MEETING: Thursday 25 April

JOBS: Peter Morley (wine); Alan (minutes); Tricia (chair); Amanda (milk and biscuits).

HOMEWORK: Write a ‘found’ poem, or a ‘cento’ – a poetic form made up of lines from other poets. See example