Singing In My Chains – Ian Griffiths presents Dylan Thomas at Walpole Old Chapel

I grew up in an “ugly lovely town”, as so it seemed and is to me. A town called Swansea sprawling through the sunshine of memory along the vast curving seashore that is Swansea bay. And part of growing up in this place in the 50s and 60s was to discover at a young age the writings of Dylan Thomas who had sadly passed just before I arrived.

6 September, 2014 - 19:00

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.

2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry news

The line-up for our 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry is now complete, although some details are yet to be worked out.

The date is the 30th May 2015 at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket. We will spill over into St Peter's Hall next door as before.

The day will divide into three, as did this year. We have three workshops in the morning. These run simultaneously, so you can only choose one!

James Knox Whittet will lead a workshop on the Villanelle.

Competition Opportunity

The 2014 Stanza Poetry Competition is open for entries

Theme: Neglect

Judge: Les Robinson

Click here for full rules and entry details

President's Newsletter - August 2014

Please find attached the President's August newsletter.

Keep up to date with what is happening in SPS and related poetry matters at our website

Competition Opportunities

Cafewriters (Norwich) Competition 2014

30/11/14 Deadline

information at


The Charles Causeley Poetry Competition

6/11/14 Deadline

information at

The 2014/15 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition

The 2014/15 International Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition is now open for entries.

JUDGE: Billy Collins (former American Poet Laureate)

DEADLINE: last post on the 28th November 2014; online entries accepted until midnight on the 1st of December 2014.

George Crabbe Memorial Competition Winners 2014

First prize David Healey A Wild Swan Feed at Welney
Second prize Caroline Gilfillan Tending the Muck Heap
Third prize Anne Boileau Snuffed Candles
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