The Older Feminist Network marked the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day with poetry. Joy Howard of Grey Hen Press came along to our meeting place in Millman Street, London, with Ann Alexander, Gerda Mayer and Kate Foley. They read their own poems, published in “Cracking On – Poems on Ageing by Older Women”.
But before the IWD celebration started, we had business to attend to. The resource centre for older people, where we meet every second Saturday of the month, is threatened with closure. The Millman Street Community Centre provides support and advice to enable older people to live an independent and fulfilling life in the community – for how much longer? OFNers are involved in the campaign to keep the centre open. We received a report of the activities so far and made plans for further actions.
It was very pleasant, in these circumstances, to welcome the Grey Hen poets and to celebrate women’s creativity. As there are several poets among us, we are very aware of the difficulties experienced by women to get their work published and the existence of Grey Hen Press is a real boost.
If you are 60 or over and write poetry, you may be interested in the Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2011. Application form on