Every Monday the Poetry Society meet to read and discuss poems that they have read. To assuage the pangs of hunger caused by delaying lunch, tea and biscuits are served. Some have been heard to rename the group ‘The Tea and Biscuits Society’!
Last week the group made its annual trip into London with the British Library the destination. On the way they stopped by the statue of Sir John Betjeman in St Pancras Station (Sir John was poet laureate (1972-84) and instrumental in saving the St Pancras Hotel and station). Mr Roderick Lonsdale read one of Betjeman’s most famous poems there, “The Olympic Girl” and they then moved on to have lunch at the British Library. During lunch they shared poems, including Seamus Heaney’s translation of Virgil, before perusing the public collection of manuscripts and scores.