The Merton College Poetry Society (MCPS) has been busy all year, holding weekly meetings that include poetry readings, structured writing workshops, collage workshops and opportunities for students to keeping working on their WIPs with other aspiring poets.
The year started under the benevolent eyes of Luke Bateman and Rachel Jung (both 2019), who had been co-presidents since 2020. They kept the society chugging along through Michaelmas, producing a gorgeous pamphlet while keeping their degrees going, before handing over to the comparatively unoccupied second-years Anna Stephen, Hollie Goodwin and Nayah Thu (all 2020), in anticipation of Finals.
Although we had big shoes to fill, the house hasn’t burnt down (yet!) In Hilary term, highlights of the various workshops and readings include an (anti) Valentine’s Day collage and blackout poetry workshop in collaboration with the Welfare Reps and a highly successful evening of sharing our favourite songs and lyrics. There were barely enough chairs in the JCR, which the co-presidents have decided to take as a sign of success. Additionally, lyrical analysis of rap songs and their social implications, novelty or otherwise, has become a recurring feature of the meetings, both with and without PowerPoint presentations.
While warm weather, coursework and Finals have all made Trinity a relatively quiet term on the poetry front, this didn’t stop a successful co-hosted writing workshop with the Teddy Hall writing society, or the production of the year’s third Pekes and Pollicles, highlighting work from both published and unpublished students of all ages, colleges and degrees, as well as their artwork and photography.
A special thank you to Luke and Rachel, and we are looking forward to seeing what next year brings.
Nayah Thu (2020)
Poetry Society Co-President 2021-22