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 - June 2015

This month I have reported on the writing retreat on Jura.

This is the very last reminder that the George Crabbe Memorial Competition for 2015 closes on the 30th June, just a couple of days away on Tuesday. Get your entries in pronto! All the information and entry form is here:

Robert Seatter is the adjudicator and I am sure he is looking forward to seeing your work.

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.


Suffolk Skalds Storytelling and Poetry Competition

Suffolk SkaldsThe annual Suffolk Skalds Competition is open to storytellers and poets of all abilities and persuasions. This year's theme for the competition is Magic.

5 July, 2015 (All day)

George Crabbe Memorial Competition 2015

George CrabbeThe George Crabbe Memorial Competition
closes on the 30th June 2015.

The adjudicator this year will be Robert Seatter.

Robert has published three collections of poetry with Seren: Travelling to the Fish Orchards, On the Beach with Chet Baker and Writing King Kong, as well as being selected for Anvil New Poets.

IP-Art Poetry from Town and Country and Midnight Run

Suffolk Poetry Society are delighted to be part of this years IP-Art Festival as part of the schedule of literary events

registering our place amongst the other notable arts and literary organisations in our area. We feature at two events.


Felixstowe Café Poets 1st anniversary and 'Awakening' anthology launch

Felixstowe Café PoetsThe 21st May 2015 marked the first anniversary of Felixstowe Café Poets. The café was instigated by Penny Cutler.

To mark their first anniversary, the café had produced an anthology of poetry entitled Awakening. Colin Whyles and Cameron Hawke Smith were invited to represent SPS and launch the anthology.

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.


Open Verse

I have written previously how poetry events and enthusiasm are spreading like wildfire through our region and this was confirmed once again with the opening of a new Poetry Cafe Venue at the Bakers Arms in Harkstead on the Shotley peninsula. I very much wish I could have been there myself but certainly will be next time. Here is the report of the inaugural meeting by Catherine Chambers one of the organisers. Perhaps you might like to join us to sample and support this new delight.

Terry Waite's Desert Island Poems

Terry Waite, Lord Phillips, the readers and SPS teamA poet should not be lost for words, though I suspect many of us often are, but Terry Waite's Desert Island Poetry event last night certainly left me speechless. To be in his presence and witness his modesty, humility, wisdom, humour  and just normality in spite of the incredible events and many horrific aspects of humanity he has encountered was overwhelming.

Poetry and Thoughts for Judy Ryland

As a poetry society one of the aspects I cherish is our care for each other. Anyone who has attended a poetry group for a long time will have witnessed how in our shared love of words we establish deep and close connections with others. In reading or writing poetry we reveal aspects of ourselves and feelings which might otherwise not be easily discovered and this can help create a very special bond.

Poetry finds its place among the arts in Suffolk

For a county which is so alive with poetry I am very pleased to see that it is now being reflected in the press and the excellent online arts review magazine in which I am proud to be featured this

Keep in touch with us

You can now view extracts of our events on YouTube here:

On Facebook, we are here:

and on Twitter we are @SuffolkPoetrySo or:

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.

The Vale of Health by Peter Davey: free to SPS members

The Vale of Health

Peter Davey’s new book The Vale of Health has been dedicated to Suffolk Poetry Society.  The book is available to SPS members FREE OF CHARGE - including the cost of postage within the UK.  Peter suggests a small donation to Suffolk Poetry Society.

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