Word from the Chairman

As ChairmaIan Griffithsn 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.

Word from the President

James Knox WhitetWelcome 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.

Chapter & Verse - August 2015

This month I write about the 18th Century poet William Cowper (1731-1800).

Fabric of Poetry workshop and other news

Firstly, a reminder to mark Sunday 11th October 12:30 for the Crabbe Competition lunch at the Wentworth Hotel in Aldeburgh. This will be followed by the awards ceremony at 15:00. A booking form for the lunch will be with you soon.

George Crabbe Memorial Competition Prize Winners 2015

GEORGE CRABBE Competition Prize Winners 2015

First prize: Caroline Gilfillan 'Things He Loved'

Second prize: Alex Toms 'The Last Lady Eel Catcher'

Third prize: Gillian Bence-Jones 'The Miller's Son'

Suffolk Poetry Society Gains Charitable Status

Dear Member,

I am delighted to inform you that following your vote at our AGM and subsequent work by your committee The Charities Commision has accepted  SUFFOLK POETRY SOCIETY’S application and we are now a registered Registered Charity Number 1162298.


Eye Arts Festival SPS Open Mic

As part of the Eye Arts Festival there will be a Suffolk Poetry Society Open Mic event on Saturday August 29th from 3.30 to 4.30 at The Bank Arts Centre, Eye (2, Castle Street, Eye, IP23 7AN, 01379 873494).

Please come along and bring a poem to read (no charge but donations towards the upkeep of the Centre would be appreciated) and if possible let Beth Soule know if you plan to come on

29 August, 2015 - 15:30 - 16:30

Henry Purcell: King Arthur

Part of our remit with our new charity status is to form co-operations with other Arts activities operating in our area. It is rare that anyone has an interest in one art form alone and the opportunities to perform and present our specialty in the company of others both increases our exposure and finds harmonies and common themes in other areas whether it be Music, Theatre event or the visual arts. This kind of cooperation and cross fertilisation  is something we are going to do much more of. Therefore I am pleased to announce that one of the first of Such is going to be as part of the Suffolk Villages Festival in Sudbury on Monday 31st August at St Peters Church at 6:30 PM where some of us will be lending our voices and characterisations to a Baroque Operatic performance of Dryden's play King Arthur with music by Henry Purcell. 

Singing in My Chains at Poetry Wivenhoe

As featured guest of Poetry Wivenhoe I am pleased to be presenting another opportunity, especially for those in Essex and the South of our county to join me in celebrating the Poetry and Prose of Swansea Poet Dylan Thomas.

Dylan's words though powerful in print need to be heard read aloud so that the sounds, rythyms and resonanaces which he worked so hard to achieve might be fully appreciated. 


Festival report and Press release

Michael Laskey's workshopPRESS RELEASE

The 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry,

John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket

The Suffolk Poetry Society hosted its second all-day festival on Saturday 30 May 2015. Colin Whyles, Festival Director, was at the helm, with assistance from fellow committee members.


Local Stanza Bonanza Opportunities

On February 26th a group from Suffolk Poetry Society read a selection of their work at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, headquarters of the national Poetry Society. The evening was shared with a group from Swindon, both groups being Stanzas, affiliated to the Poetry Society. Six poets from each group were allocated up to eight minutes each to read alternately, with a 15 minute break half way through. Each side also provided an MC.

Get your Suffolk Poetry on In Suffolk Website

The arts website is launching a showcase for local poets and poems beginning this February. A single poem will be online at any one time under the title Poetry In Suffolk, initially as a monthly feature but expanding to weekly if there are enough submissions.

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