I hope you will enjoy browsing. There is a selection of photos, poems and essays for you to see including photos from my recent poetry tours in the United States. The itinerary for the forthcoming autumn tour of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia is below but note there are some dates still available. If If you are interested in booking me for an evening of readings or workshops either in the UK or overseas I'd be pleased to hear from you - you'll find all the details under 'Availability'.
THE FOURTH PLINTH, LONDON Bryan spent an hour reading his poetry on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square on Thursday, 13th August as part of Antony Gormley's living arts project 'One & Other'. To view Bryan go to www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/BRYAN_O
US AUTUMN POETRY TOUR Thursday, 1st October: Teaching with Philadelphia Futures, Philadelphia PA
Friday, 2nd October: Teaching in the Philadelphia School, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, 3rd October: 7.00-10.00pm An Evening with Bryan Owen at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 2212 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, 4th October: 10.30am Preach at Youth Eucharist, Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and 11.45-1.30pm Lead Adult Reflection, Philadelphia PA
Tuesday, 6th October: 1:00-2.15pm Poetry Reading & Writing Workshop at Defiance College, Defiance OH and 7:00-8.30pm Poetry Reading at Defiance Public Library, Defiance OH
Sunday, 11th October: 10.30 Preach and assist: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Pittsburgh PA
Tuesday, 13th October: 7.00pm Poetry Reading at Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 West First Avenue, Columbus, OH
Thursday, 15th October: 6.00pm Poetry reading at Mary Lou Johnson-Hardin County District Library, Kenton, OH
Sunday, 18th October: 10.30 Preach at St Matthew’s Episcopal Church, N. Hubbard's Lane, Louisville KY
Tuesday, 20th October: (evening) Lead creative writing class at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
(I still have availability 7th-10th October in Cincinnati area and 16th-17th October in Kentucky/Indiana)
Here is a poem to whet your appetite - written while I was on election duty in Fiji in 2006.
I sat on the old wooden veranda early one gentle island morning. Heavy rain had awoken me but the night’s sticky air had cleared with the rising of the sun.
I sat watching the waves crashing on the reef not far distant as they had been doing for thousands of years before men wondered why.
The dark, heavy rain clouds slowly thinned and as the light of a new day strengthened God used all the colours in the Divine palette to paint the sky in lighter shades of glory.
A fruit bat flew home to roost - her night’s work done. A silver dew covered the grass as the mynah bird sang her morning song. I sat entranced at the start of this perfect new day and thanked God I was alive.
Bryan Owen on election duty for the European Union Observation Team in Fiji 2006. The sulu wrap-around was compulsory wear out of respect for Fijian culture. Sadly, Fiji's democratic government elected in May was overthrown in an army coup in October.
And here is the title poem of the newly-released CD!
A gentle sprinkling of stars
I spied a gentle sprinkling of stars at the end of a crisp winter’s day far beyond our red angry Mars or the homely Milky Way.
Their light set off in particle-waves as Neanderthals suffered the shock of our violent ancestors stealing their caves and daubing pictures on rock.
That was long before history began when Earth was ruled by our earliest kin; those stars witnessed the ascent of Man and Creation groaning in sin.
Sin is out of fashion now in our irreligious times but man still visits upon man the wickedest of crimes –
the wickedest of crimes, I say, through bullet, bomb and gun; God forbid that stellar light find other men circling another Sun.