League of Jewish Women members spent an evening with Clive James at Friends House in Euston as part of the league’s 65th anniversary celebrations.
The TV personality, journalist and author spoke about his passion for poetry. He also read poems from his latest collection, Angels Over Elsinore, and ended the evening with a poem about the Holocaust.
He told the audience of 290 that “poetry has always been important to me and I have a poem on the go all the time”. There was no subject that could not be tackled through poetry and he had written about his father, relationships and terrorism.
But he added ruefully that the medium was also his financial enemy — “it does not pay”.
James was welcomed by league president Ella Marks and was presented with a certificate for trees planted in his name in Israel by Marilyn Brummer, chair of the executive.