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Poetry in Palmers Green presents: The Road Not Taken An afternoon of poetry, compered by Maggie Butt

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Poetry in Palmers Green Library presents: The Road Not Taken


An afternoon of poetry, compered by Maggie Butt

 1.15 for 1.30,  Saturday 28th September.

Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Lane, Palmers Green, London N13 4EY

Entry £3. (£2 concessions.)


Reading: Mark Holihan.

Open mike - readers from the floor. (Please come early and sign up on the day.  One short poem each.)

Tea, biscuits, books for sale and poetry chat.

Talk on Robert Frost by Martyn Crucefix.

Reading: Denise Saul.

Finish time 4pm.

Note: seating space limited – arrive in good time.


Mark Holihan a writer and graphic designer, is a former Californian who has spent much of his life travelling and is now settled in Kent. A winner of the Phalen award for both poetry and short fiction, he has also been shortlisted for the Bridport prize. His poetry is published and magazines and anthologies and his first collection was There Are No Foreign Lands (Cultured Llama 2016.)


Robert Frost talk: Searching for the Real Robert Frost. 

Discover and enjoy more of the poetry of Robert Frost. Find out more about his road not taken, his relationship with Edward Thomas, why good fences make good neighbours, his links with JFK. Was he a bleak Modernist, a belated Romantic or just a curmudgeonly farmer poet? A talk by poet, blogger, translator and teacher, Martyn Crucefix.

Martyn Crucefix has translated Rilke’s Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus and the Daodejing (all Enitharmon, press). Most recent original poetry: The Lovely Disciplines (Seren, 2017) and forthcoming from Hercules Editions, Cargo of Limbs (Autumn, 2019) and These Numbered Days, translations of the GDR poet Peter Huchel (Shearsman (Autumn 2019). Blogs at

Denise Saul is a London writer, poet and visual artist. Her White Narcissi (Flipped Eye Publishing) was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and House of Blue (Rack Press) was PBS Pamphlet Recommendation. She is a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize winner for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia.’


Maggie Butt is an ex-journalist and BBC TV documentary producer turned poet and novelist. Her five collections include: Lipstick, Ally Pally Prison Camp and Degrees of Twilight. She is an Associate Professor at Middlesex University where she’s taught Creative Writing since 1990, and is also a Royal Literary Fund Advisory Fellow.




The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.