Rare Bee

PoetrySlabs is pleased to present 'Age of Anxiety', a five-part series of poetry readings with commentary, commissioned by Ken Jones, the director of Effra Sound. The selection we've chosen for the series is taken from a century's worth of mostly European poetry reflecting – and responding to – the ages of anxiety that crippled the continent during the past hundred years. Here's the link – – there is also space to add comments.

Catalytic Poetry

Catalytic Poetry
Photograph by Terka Acton

Mother Tongue Catalytic Poetry
The Gardener's Daughter

The writing is on the wall at Norwood Bus Garage, Knight's Hill, London SE27 0HN (at the corner of Knight's Hill and Rothschild Street). Read the background story online at

'Not wholly in the busy world, nor quite / Beyond it, blooms the garden that I love'.

From 'The Gardener's Daughter' by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Photograph taken by Michael Newington Gray.
From left to right: Anthony Campling, technical adviser; Robert Dawson, designer (; Gordon Elliott, deputy operations manager; Wayne Trevor, of Norwood Bzz Garage; and Janet and John Haney, of PoetrySlabs.

With thanks to Peter Williams ( and Pete Owen for our signature photograph.