'inspiring', 'thought-provoking', 'interesting concept', 'wonderful interaction', 'an inspiring mix', 'poetry very moving', 'stunning cooperative collaboration'.
Extract from 'Long Reach River'
by Margaret Beston
(inspiration for 'Fall' by Jill Goldsworthy
I watch you you sitting there,
eyes closed, not sleeping.
You have returned to those maple hills
where the Susquehanna River flows...
Chain Reaction - Art from Poetry - Poetry from Art
Council Chamber, Tonbridge Castle, 8-13 November 2014
A collaboration between 4Art and Roundel.
A wonderful mixture of poetry and music at our Spanish Connection evening at The Rose & Crown Tonbridge.
Competition Prize Giving evening, Rose & Crown Hotel, Tonbridge.
See our Competition Page for names of Prize Winners and poems.
As well as our regular monthly meetings, we also hold evening events with poetry and music which include readings by published poets, members of Roundel reading their own work and Open Mic readers.
Roundel has given readings in a number of different venues. If you would like to invite us to give a reading, please contact us via our Contact Page.
The First Ashes
I have fallen through the floorboards
of my thoughts, collapsed beneath
the edifice we built, the place I thought
could last forever.
I watched the cells divide too quickly
but I thought the structure sound
a system or a disease, no doctor could
define the difference.
Back again to a white-faced child
peering through the sofa's bones,
praying for a safety net, a way
to reach the promised land.
They watch from a distance with
not a dry eye, knowing my house,
my being, might be a trap
or a barricade.
Here, deep within, I cannot be
reached, no one to turn to
but myself, buried under the past's earth,
an extinct phoenix.
Numbed by Jill Goldsworthy, inspired by The first Ashes by Jacquie Wyatt
Roundel is a poetry society stanza
Roundel Poetry Competition 2016 linked to the Tonbridge Festival.
About the Judge: Lynne Rees, aka The Hungry Writer, is a poet, novelist, psycho-geographer, blogger, editor, creative writing tutor, food lover and liver of life to the full-er.
Born in Port Talbot, South Wales, she now lives on a working apple farm at the foot of the North Downs in Kent. http://www.lynnerees.com
Roundel Poetry Tonbridge
Saturday 19th November 2016 6.30 - 8.30 pm Penshurst Church http://www.penshurstchurch.org/
'Times Past, Times Present, in Penshurst'
An evening of words and music, which included poetry and prose by established writers as well as more recent work written by Roundel members for the occasion.
With music provided by John Pargeter (Saxophone, Clarinet), Danny Rivers (Guitar) and Mick Bishop (Keyboard) this was a stimulating evening in the heart of the village, followed by a well-earned supper in the Leicester Arms!
Links in the Chain
Celebrating five years of Roundel
Sell out event at Old Fire Station, Tonbridge. More than 50 guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of jazz and poetry on Wednesday 16 March, 2016. The shiny brass and mellow brickwork of this beautifully restored new Tonbridge venue were positively burning with delight at the wide range of poems - from the cautionary to the sizzling - on offer by Roundel Poets and Open Mic readers.
Tonbridge Skyline by Sue Vass inspired by the poem of the same name by Sue King
After a busy and successful five years, Roundel has decided to celebrate! We're pleased to announce the publication of our anthology Links in the Chain. With 60 poems contributed by members of Roundel, competition winners, and outstanding local poets, the book is 'itself cause for celebration' [Susan Wicks].
The launch takes place on Friday 16 June, 7.30, at the Rose & Crown, Tonbridge. Tickets (£7) from Country Garden.
To order your copy of Links in the Chain (£5) please contact us via our Contacts page.
Chain Reaction is the culmination of the collaborative art and poetry exhibitions held by 4Art and Roundel. Copies of the book (£8) available via this website.
Roundel Poetry Competition Prize Giving Evening, Wednesday 13 July at the Rose & Crown, Tonbridge.
See Competition page for names of winners, runners-up and poems.