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. He has won many competitions and awards for his writing including National Poetry Competition, London Poetry and Housman Poetry Prize. Robert is on the board of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and is an active figure in arts broadcasting and interpretation.

All winning poems to be spoken, preferably by their authors, at a celebratory lunch and prize giving at The Wentworth Hotel in Aldeburgh on Sunday, October 11th 2015, and will be included in the 2015 Crabbe Poetry Prize Anthology.

Tickets for Suffolk Poetry Society events

You can now reserve tickets for our events by clicking here.

Currently, you cannot pay for your tickets on-line, but you can print them at at home and pay at the event, or post a cheque to avoid the queues.

2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry news and more

Preparations for the 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry on the 30th May 2015 are well under way. We will be in the same venue as before, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts and St Peter's Hall in Stowmarket, IP14 1ET. The main events are in place and the Poetry Cafés are working on their contributions.

We have three workshops in the morning running simultaneously from 10:30-12:30.

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. 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 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.

Final reminder – 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry tomorrow 30th May

This is your last reminder that tomorrow is the day your committee have been working for months for: the 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry at the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, IP14 1ET.

I know the Poetry Cafés have also been working hard on their presentations, and they will have the afternoon from 13:00 to themselves – apart from the final Open Mic slot, when everyone is invited, even if they have already read for a café.

Chapter & Verse - May 2015

This month's Chapter & Verse is about the Polish writer Czeslaw Milosz. Please find it attached.


We are only a couple of days away from our 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket, IP14 1ET on the 30th May.

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

The 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.

Colin talked about the roles he fulfils for SPS to raise awareness of SPS and its activities to those present who were not members. He then handed over to Cameron, who introduced the anthology.

2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry: Poetry Surgeries

One of the innovations for the 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry is the Poetry Surgeries. These will run during the afternoon.

We have a fine line-up of Poetry Doctors ready to discuss your poorly or difficult poems. These include:

  • Michael Laskey
  • Angela Locke
  • Mike Bannister
  • Anne Boileau
  • Ian Griffiths
  • Cameron Hawke Smith
  • Elizabeth Bracken
  • Beth Soule

and we will probably find a few more as necessary.

Keep in touch with us

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

http://www.youtube.com/c/SuffolkpoetrysocietyOrgUk2015

On Facebook, we are here:

https://www.facebook.com/SuffolkPoetrySociety

and on Twitter we are @SuffolkPoetrySo or:

https://twitter.com/suffolkpoetryso

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