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Siege and Symphony – New Collection

My new book, Siege and Symphony, is due out late Autumn 2021, published by Second Light Publications.

There is a section of poems about the planet and the way we treat it, also personal poems, poems about women and homelessness as well as the long title poem about the siege of Leningrad and Shostakovich writing the Leningrad symphony. Profits from the book will go to the Woodland Trust.

Siege and Symphony

These are poems of experience, fully cognisant of ‘the welter we call life’, but they are also celebratory poems, proving this poet’s deep kinship with the earth and its radiance. In the long title poem, Myra Schneider enters fully and naturally into the life and times of Shostakovich, the terrible hardships and the struggle to stay alive. She is an astonishingly porous, unbounded poet.

Moniza Alvi

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In Siege and Symphony, Myra Schneider draws on memory, paintings and her beloved local park to gift us a passionate, vividly detailed and sensuous celebration of the natural world and the human spirit. It is a celebration harrowed and haunted by the knowledge of the catastrophic destruction we have brought to the natural world. These poems are wonderfully brave and generous acts of adoration, warning and refusal to despair.

Mark Roper

Collaboration Project with artist Chris Holley

This collaboration is taking the form of virtual sessions at Wokingham Library for 4 weeks beginning on April 20th.

Lifting the Sky
A series of three online, illustrated talks by visual artist Chris Holley on the mutual creative inspiration between herself and poet Myra Schneider in which you hear about, see – and get a chance to discuss – the poems that inspired the painting and, in turn, the paintings that inspired the poems.

Here is the series of art works and poems in which Chris examines in the programmes.

Tuesday 20 April | 11.00-12.00
Session 1: Hepworth sculpture, a poem and a shawl: movement and dynamic line  – featuring Bird and She Is poems.

Monday 24 May | 14.00-15.00
Session 2: Musical inspiration and creative interpretation – featuring Funfair and Like Small Wishes poems.

Wednesday 23 June | 14.00-15.00
Session 3: Matisse and the soaring of the spirit – featuring Le Cheval and Flame poems.

These are free virtual events, for booking information email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

My poem Seahorses is now on the Seahorse Trust’s Facebook page

My poem Seahorses, which was broadcast on Poetry Please Radio 4, is now on the Facebook page of the Seahorse Trust (www.theseahorsetrust.org).

The Seahorse Trust has produced my poem with a beautiful design. It can be viewed on their  Facebook page.

Poetry Please - BBC Radio 4 - Sunday 10th January - 4pm

My poem Seahorses in my book Lifting the Sky was broadcast during Poetry Please – Radio 4 on Sunday January 10th at 4.30pm.

The programme was repeated on Saturday 16th at 11.30pm.

Link to the programme:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000r31j

November 2020

I am Poet of the Month at Chichester Poetry Open Mic in November 2020.

I am introducing myself and four of my poems which will all be on the site permanently.

Closing date: 6th August 2020

I am judging the Second Light Poetry Competition for women poets.

Information:

  • £300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems
  • £150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)
  • £75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)
  • Winning & Commended Poems published (in full or extract) in magazine ARTEMISpoetry
  • Winners offered a London reading.

Entry:

  • Long poem: £6 each.
  • Short poems: £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8.

Enter by post (2 copies) or online.

**Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible.** (see About Second Light/Joining)

Rules & EntryDirect link to payment at Poetry P F online shop

Note from the judge:

“…I shall be looking for poems which travel, poems in which the form fits the subject matter and the language is alive. This is a time when contemporary issues are very much at the front of everyone’s minds and, very understandably, give rise to strong feelings. On the whole, I believe poems dealing with this kind of subject matter work best if the approach is indirect. When I read entries which deal with this type of material I shall be particularly considering whether it has been fully transformed into poetry.”

The results will be posted on the website by 30th September. Once winning poems (or extracts) are published in ARTEMISpoetry, they will be available to read here

Competition details and entry form

2 Saturday 28th March - 1.35-3.55pm

I am running a workshop Our Planet Today, Palmers Green Library

The workshop is part of a day of two workshops with an ecological theme. Poet and experience tutor Katherine Gallagher is running a workshop in the morning (10.40 am – 1pm).

Advance booking only: Cost £28 (conc. £21) For full details and booking please contact me.

Friday 14th February - 8pm

I am the guest reader at Ware Poets at Ware Arts Centre,  Kibes Ln, Ware SG12 7DE admission £4.00, conc.£2.50 Floor readings

Saturday 30th November - 3pm

I will be reading poems at an exhibition Robert Aldous’s paintings during a talk he is giving.

At the exhibition of paintings by Robert Aldous entitled Stillness the poems I read will relate to some of his paintings in the exhibition and include poems in my recent books inspired by his work.

Booking not needed.

One Paved Court, Richmond TW9 1LZ

More details here

Saturday 23rd November

I am tutoring a poetry workshop for women The Potency of Poetry in the Art Workers Guild, Holborn, WC1

1.45-4.15pm

This workshop is part of the Second Light Network’s the autumn festival.

Waiting list places only available.
Details: www.secondlightlive.co.uk

Friday 4th October 2019 - 6.30pm for 7pm

I am reading poems from Lifting the Sky and my poem in the anthology A Scream of Many Colours (Poetry Space) with five other contributors. Proceedings from the anthology with poems about disaster and abuse go to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Venue:
Trinity United Reform Church, 1 Buck St, Camden Town, London NW1 8NJ

Friday 28th June - 8pm

I am reading at Fourth Friday at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden with Mimi Khalvati.

Plus music Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke; voices from the floor.

£8/£6

The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden
London WC2H 9BX

More details: https://fourthfriday.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 25th June 2.30-4.30 pm

Summer Celebration at Ripley Arts Centre [Bromley] see map
Part of a series: Shortlands Poetry Circle

Guest poets are Mimi Khalvati and MyraSchneider.

£7.50
Booking Essential: Contact Jane Knight on 0208 467 4385 or e-mail: jlk888@hotmail.co.uk

Come and join the Shortlands Poetry Circle for our Summer Celebration reading, Buffet included in the ticket price.

Saturday 27th April - 6.45pm

I am reading at Poetry in Palmers Green with Matt Barnard, Pam Zimmerman-Smith, Tim Waller and Lynda How. The compere is  Martyn Crucefix.

The event is at 6.45 for 7.15pm in the Parish Centre, St John’s Church, Bourne Hill (on the corner with Green Lanes) Palmers Green, London N13 4DB.

The evening includes an open mic session, books for sale, refreshments.

Entry: £5 (conc. £3.50).

View/Download the PDF with more information

Friday 8th March - 8pm

Guest poet at Monthly Poetry Night, hosted by Victoria Pugh.

More information here.

8pm for 8.30pm start at Reading Poetry Café
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street
Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4QU

Thursday 17th January - 7pm

Poems for the NHS celebrates 70 years of the NHS and includes poems by many poets.

The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden
London WC2H 9BX

Saturday 3rd November - 7pm

Lifting the Sky book launch at The Poetry Café, Covent Garden.

The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden
London WC2H 9BX

Myra Schneider reads the title poem, Lifting the Sky. Watch video

Myra Schneider reads the poem Seahorses. Watch video

Friday 16th November - 10.30am – 1pm

I’m tutoring a poetry workshop Finding the Poem for women poets.

Enquiries to: Dilys Wood: p.wood159@btinternet.com

The Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 3AT

Saturday 17th November - 5.45pm

Second launch for Lifting the Sky as part of the Second Light Network for Women Poets Autumn Festival. Everyone welcome.

The Art Workers Guild (the Gradidge Room)
6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 3AT