More turns for the verse on October 4

28th September 2001 at 01:00
* Andrew Motion's latest anthology for Faber, Here to Eternity, includes a Travel "zone" (as the Poet Laureate calls his themed sections). This leads from Robert Frost's "The Road not Taken" via Edward Thomas's "Adlestrop", to refugee border-crossings and images of immigration such as Moniza Alvi's "Arrival 1946". Motion discusses his selections, with readings by Simon Armitage and Lavinia Greenlaw, at St Paul's Church, Bedford St, Covent Garden, London WC1 at 7pm. Tickets: 020 7379 8877.

* The Manchester Poetry Festival opens with its annual free children's event in St Peter's Square. Armed with paddling pools, garden ponds and cascades of blue chiffon, the Mersey Basin Campaign will mock up the region's waterways. In half-hour poetry workshops, children can write poems on the subject of river journeys, then transcribe them on to cut-out shapes in the form of dragonflies, kingfishers, fish and boats. The poems will then be launched on their own journeys along the watery network in the square. Although guided workshops are fully booked, school groups are still welcome to contribute to the poetry river. More details from Manchester Libraries, tel: 0161 234 1981. Manchester Poetry Festival is October 4-13: www.manchesterpoetry festival.co.uk. Mersey Basin Week is October 5-12: www.merseybasin.org.uk.

* Poet Maurice O'Riordan takes a journey round Mobius's ring and up Freytag's pyramid for a poetry and science event at The Royal Society (6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1, 7pm. Tel: 020 7451 2576). He reads from his recent anthology of poems about science, Three Quarks for Mister Mark (published by Faber). His selection leads from Chaucer and Donne to Auden and Hughes, examining through the lens of poetry topics such as alchemy, the ascent of man and the big bang.

* A team of poets including Jackie Kay, John Agard and Dannie Abse travel from Bristol (Arnolfini Centre, September 30, 7.30pm) to Sheffield (Showroom Cinema, October 13, 7pm) on this year's Contemporary Poetry Tour. National Poetry Day finds them at Waterstone's, Piccadilly, London W1 at 7pm; and on October 5 at Waterstone's, Deansgate, Manchester at 7pm.

* Most schools will have received this year's free Poetry Society teacher's packs on the theme of journeys (primary and secondary editions). Call 020 7420 9894, or download extracts from www.poetrysoc.com for yours.

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