AGM 12th March

Happy New Year! The committee is now preparing for the AGM on 12th March 2-5pm at St John’s Hall, Woodbridge. Along with membership cards/membership renewal forms, we have just sent out nomination forms which should be completed by anyone who is willing to stand as a trustee for next year at the AGM. Completed forms (with proposers and seconders) should be signed and sent back to the Secretary by 27th January. All those standing, proposing and seconding should ensure they have paid their subscriptions in order to nominate and vote.

4th Festival of Suffolk Poetry

Submitted by SPSadmin on 8 January, 2017 - 10:44

Once again SPS brings the Festival of Suffolk Poetry to the heart of the county at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket for its fourth outing.

The date is Saturday 27th May 2017.

The highlights of the day will be provided by Nancy Mattson and Gregory Warren Wilson.

Writing Poetry – a new course taught by Rebecca Goss

Rebecca Goss has taught creative writing at all levels, in a variety of settings, at universities, schools, literary festivals, as well as working with bigger organisations such as The Arvon Foundation.

In 2017, she will tutor a poetry writing course at her local library in Hadleigh, Suffolk. Beginning on January 18th, it will run every Wednesday evening, for ten weeks, ending on March 29th.  Aimed at intermediate level, numbers will be kept small, with ten writers, so they can work closely as a group.

More information about the course can be found below:

Aldeburgh Gazette invites poetry submissions

The Aldeburgh Gazette is a fortnightly publication, and it has begun to invite submissions of poetry from members.

Some have already been printed, so this is an interesting new outlet for your poems.

Send your poems plus a short, outline biography to Peter Adshead, Submissions have to be submitted by 4pm on the Thursday the week before publication. The publisher’s decision is final and there is no guarantee of inclusion of items.

The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 2016 Awards Ceremony

The prize winners of the 2016 George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition with the adjudicator, Moniza Alvi.

From left to right we have David Healey, Nina Roffey, Sandra Spirling, John Vaughan (Highly Commended), R.G.Binns, Pamela Job (First Prize), André Mangeot (Third Prize), Jill Eulalie Dawson (Second Prize), Moniza Alvi, Paul Howarth and Diana Hirst (Highly Commended).

Jill Eulalie Dawson, John Vaughan, Pamela Job and André Mangeot were all double prize winners as they all also had poems commended.

National Poetry Day report

Ian Griffiths reports on National Poetry Day, for which he organised a reading on Aldeburgh Beach at the South Lookout, which was in turn transmitted to the USA via the Internet:

The National Poetry Day audience