During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Poetry programme continues digitally on the BRLSI website and YouTube Channel. 


As we currently do not have an automated payment solution, we rely on your generosity and goodwill to contribute to this lecture and the organisation of others in the future;

Please make a contribution by:

1. Simply clicking on Support the BRLSI . (You can contribute as much or as little as you would like in the open field)


2. Texting: BRLSI 5 to 70085 to donate £5 for Visitors or BRLSI 2 to 70085 to donate £2 for Members

The costs are your donation plus a standard rate message.



The Poetry Group was launched in autumn 2003, since when we have had:

Talks on poets: John Donne, Wordsworth and Coleridge, Byron, Edward Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, Edna St Vincent Millay, Charles Causley and others

Rehearsed Readings: T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, Shakespeare's Sonnets, selections from Milton, Tennyson, MacNeice, Betjeman, Auden, Heaney . . . .

Discussion Topics: Colour in poetry; Performance Poetry, Faith and Doubt, as seen in Dante, Shelley, Tennyson and others, and new works by Jacob Polley, Eavan Boland, Michael Longley.

We have marked the centenaries of: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Betjeman, WH Auden, Louis Macniece, Milton, Tennyson, and celebrated Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday, and also 250 years since the birth of Robert Burns with a party, songs and bagpipe music.

We hope to continue with a similar mix of traditional and modern work, talks and readings. We always welcome questions, participation and discussion.

Janet Cunliffe-Jones