“I’m making a list – I’m checking it twice”

“I’m making a list – I’m checking it twice”




 “I’m making a list – I’m checking it twice”

Poetry-writing workshop

 Palmers Green Library

Saturday 29th June 2019

1.30 – 4.00 pm

The workshop is led by Christine Vial

a widely published poet and experienced tutor

 This friendly and informal workshop is for anyone who has started writing poetry or would like to give it a try.

 We’ll use a selection of list poems to inspire us – a form of poetry that offers a great way to start writing poetry as well as a challenge to those with some experience - and get started writing some list poems of our own.

COST for the workshop: £15 (£10 conc.)

BOOKING Advance booking only. For more information and booking:

contact Christine on christine@roomofherown.plus.com or ring

0790 5209 459


Place: Community Room, Palmers Green Library, Broomfield Lane,

London N13 4EY

(329 bus from Wood Green or Enfield, 5 minutes from Palmers Green BR station.)

.Book soon to avoid disappointment.





Sundays 10 February and 24 March 2019: 1.30 – 5.30 pm (Doors open 1.15)


Each workshop is self-contained and involves different activities around the chosen theme so you can come to one or the other or both, according to your availability.


COST: £25 (£20 concession i.e. those on a low income) per workshop

            Pay at the start of the day (cash or cheque to Ms C Vial)

            Cost covers all materials and refreshments at break-times.      


Friends Meeting House, 61 Church Hill, Winchmore Hill, N 21 ILE

(NB We meet in the small meeting room at the side of the main building; follow the path round - on your right as you look at the building - to find us.)

Map and travel & parking information available – just ask!


If you want to have lunch before we start, you can bring sandwiches to eat in the grounds (weather permitting) or go out to eat; there are several places near -by.


Our spring theme is: Who’s telling the story and why should you believe a word they say?  How to use multiple and/or unreliable narrators in your writing.


Come and find out more about narrative voice – the” who” and the” how” of every piece of writing. What viewpoint is the story told from? What qualities does the writing voice have and need? In particular we’ll look at different kinds of unreliable narrators – where the reader can’t trust the story they’re being told – and stories told by several or even multiple narrators, offering different (often conflicting) versions of what is happening or has happened in the past.


Using examples ranging from classic writers such as Wilkie Collins and the poet Robert Browning to recent best-selling novels such as” Small Island”(Andrea Levy) and” Gone Girl”(Gillian Flynn), you’ll learn more about these techniques and

develop ideas for using them in pieces of writing of your own.



Our activities will be relevant for a variety of writing including fiction, auto- biography, factual writing including blogging, writing for children and poetry & for all levels of experience – including none! Beginners are welcome as well as those with some experience.


Feel free to bring along a short piece of writing by yourself (any theme) you would like feedback on from the group and/or any piece of writing (by yourself or another writer) that you feel relates to the workshop topic.



To book a place at one of the workshops – or to have a chat about what is involved -

contact Christine Vial 079052 09459 or email christine@roomofherown.plus.com  



THE RED DRESS                                               


My first reaction is: I want it,

can’t wait to squeeze into

a scarlet sheath that promises

breasts round as russet apples,

a waist pinched to a pencil,

hips that know the whole dictionary

of swaying, can’t wait

to saunter down an August street

with every eye upon me.


But the moment I’m zipped in

I can’t breathe and the fabric

hugging my stomach without mercy

pronounces me a frump.

Besides, in the internet café,

where you can phone Tangiers

or Thailand for almost nothing

fourteen pairs of eyes

are absorbed by screens.

No one whistles when I smile

at boxes of tired mangoes

and seedy broccoli heads

outside the Greek superstore.


By now I’m in a fever to undo

the garment and pull it off.

And for all its flaws, for all

that it only boasts one breast,

I’m overjoyed to re-possess

my body. I remember I hate

holding in and shutting away.

What I want is a dress easy

as a plump plum oozing

juice, as a warm afternoon

in late October creeping

its ambers and cinnamons into

leaves, a dress that reasssures

there’s no need to pretend,

a dress that’s as capacious

as generosity, a dress that willingly

unbuttons and whispers in the ear:

be alive every minute of your life.

Listen here on You Tube

Should I read poems written in the first person by women? I don't know. The rule I follow is that if I feel comfortable about reading it, then I read it. I don't read some female poets, such as Anne Sexton or Sylvia Plath.

Myra Schneider


(Circling The Core  Enitharmon Press 2008)

Join A Thriving Community of Poets.

If you want to find a place to meet and develop your own poetry in Enfield then the best place to start is with the Enfield Poets. 

They run regular monthly poetry readings and writing at the Dugdale centre.

To find out more information, you can visit their website here

Here is an extract from their website belwo and an image of the Dugdale centre sources from their website Enfield Poets https://enfieldpoets.com/workshops/:



Whether you want to capture some memorable experience, come to terms with a difficult one, or make a name for yourself as a published, prize-winning author, writing poetry can be very rewarding. It doesn’t call for divine inspiration. Nor do you need some unique gift or special talent. Writing poetry is a craft that can be learned. All that’s required is a little encouragement and expert guidance.

That’s why Enfield Poets have launched a new creative writing class for poets. The class will be suitable both for beginners and for more experienced poets who want to develop their technique or take their writing to the next level. Unlike many other poetry classes which only offer sketchy feedback on work already produced, these classes will offer a carefully structured introduction to all aspects of the writing process. Each session will involve a short presentation by the tutor on a particular topic, followed by discussion, analysis of examples, and opportunities to put into practice the techniques covered in the class. At the end of each session, students will be encouraged to produce a poem for the next session in which they develop these techniques still further, and will receive feedback on their work from the tutor.

Topics covered will include:

Thinking like a poet; Developing your creativity; Creating the right working conditions; Choosing your subject matter; Getting started; Producing first drafts; Using models; Revising and editing your poem; Developing your own voice; Modes of writing: free vs formal verse; Poetic forms (the sonnet etc); The music of poetry: sound and sense; Rhyme and rhythm; Preparing for a reading; How to get published; Success in competitions; Raising your profile as a writer.

The classes are at 7.30pmevery other Wednesday, at the Dugdale Theatre. Each session costs just £5 and will be taught by Alan Murray, a former university lecturer, prize-winning poet, and freelance writer and teacher (see below). If you would like to attend these classes, contact Alan Murray at asmurray@blueyonder.co.uk.

Enfield’s Poem-A-Thon Raising funds For Refugees

Enfield’s Poem-A-Thon Raising funds For Refugees

Enfield’s poem-a-thon successfully raised funds at the Dugdale Centre, for the Enfield Refugee Welcome, the first Community Sponsorship group in the country to offer an opportunity of a new life to a family of refugees through the vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme. Packed full of poets and an appreciative audience, the event had already surpassed its target of £9000 before it had even finished and cakes helped to fuel both poets and the audience.