Word from the President

Welcome to the Suffolk Poetry Society. It's a privilege to be President of one of Britain's oldest poetry societies which has been promoting poetry in Suffolk and beyond for well over half a century. Although poetry is created in solitude and can be read in silence, it comes alive, rather like music, when it is spoken aloud and shared with a group of like minded people. The principal aim of the Society is to create a community where poets or lovers of poetry can find a home in a world in which poetry is too often cast aside to the margins.

Word from the Chairman

As Chairman of Suffolk Poetry Society it is a great honour to welcome you to our website where you will find details of all our upcoming events and supported activities and cafés. As poetry lovers whether you write yourself or not we have something for you.

Café News

Apologies for the number of newsletters we are sending out, but there is a lot going on in Suffolk poetry at the moment. We mustn't complain about that!

Firstly, we have news of a new poetry café, this one in Felixstowe organised by Penelope Cutler and Florence Cox. This is what they say:

Fakenham Poetry Circle Open Poetry Competition 2014

Fakenham Poetry Circle has announced their Open Poetry Competition 2014. Closing date is 12th July. The adjudicator this year is our own James Knox Whittet.

Full details including an entry form is attached.

Felixstowe Café Poets

Felixstowe Café Poets hold their first meeting on Thursday 15th May 2014 in “His Lordship’s Library” at the Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7DX and thereafter meet 3rd Thursday of each month.

Lovers of poetry, writers of poetry, published or unpublished - all welcome. Bring poems you would like to read and share with the group or just listen and enjoy the poetry.   Refreshments available to purchase.   

15 May, 2014 - 19:30

Funeral of Gerard Melia

Gerard Melia, former Chair of Suffolk Poetry Society died on Wed 16th April.

His funeral will be held on Saturday 26th April at 12 noon at St Joseph’s R C Church, Long Bessels (road off Angel Street) HADLEIGH, IP7 5BD

The London Magazine Poetry Competition

For the first time since its resurgence, The London Magazine will be hosting a worldwide poetry competition which will be open for all ages.

This will be a chance to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK which has been home to Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid and many more, along with winning a cash prize.

Opening date: 1st May 2014              Deadline: 30th June 2014

SPS 1st Festival of Suffolk Poetry

SPS Festival of Suffolk PoetrySuffolk Poetry Society is one of the oldest poetry societies in the country. It was formed as Suffolk Poetry Society in 1952, but even that was a reformation of the Suffolk Poetry Club which began in 1928. The Suffolk Poetry Club ran until the outbreak of war in 1939.

Suffolk Poetry Society AGM 2014

The 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on the 16th March at the Red Cross Hall, Woodbridge.

34 members attended for what was a very important meeting with potential to change the future course of the society.

Pauline Stainer opened the meeting as current President, then stepped down  to be replaced by James Knox Whittet. However, before stepping down she thanked the retiring Chair, Anne Boileau, for guiding the society so well during the previous three years and presented her with flowers.

Desert Island Poems with Lord Andrew Phillips of Sudbury and Dr Ronald Blythe

Desert Island Poems with Lord Andrew Phillips and Dr Ronald Blythe was a fascinating and highly entertaining evening.

These are the poems read, in the order they were read, and the readers along with the cafés they represented:

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