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.
Thank you to those members and committee members of SPS who asked me to stand for the position of Chair of Suffolk Poetry Society. I hope I can merit the confidence placed in me, and I would like to pay tribute to Ian Griffiths and the excellent committee members who have done their best to reassure me about the role of Chair and get me up to speed with current projects.
This month I write about reading poetry in a Cistercian Monastery.
The 3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry is just over a month away on the 28th May at the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket. Tickets are still available for the three workshops. Dean Parkin leads Where We Live. Cameron Hawke Smith develops ideas on Intonation, and my workshop will be on the Sestina.
As usual, the cafés will take us through the joys of contemporary Suffolk poetry, followed by Open Mic in the afternoon, beginning at 13:00.
We were there last year and will be this year so make sure you don’t miss Felixstowe Café Poets event at the Felixstowe Book Festival 7.00p.m. Saturday 25th June. This year’s session will include music (the Director was particularly keen to have music), song, and poetry. Three of the poetry events to mention are Will Stone, Felixstowe Café Poets and Holly McNish. Our FCP event, as is Holly McNish’s event will be Poetry and Pimms.
This month I write about the Indian poet, Gitanjali Ghei who died of cancer at the age of sixteen.
Word somehow gets around. In addition to the usual suspects, this night, a poet from Slaithwaite in Yorkshire attends, and another from Stara Zagora – The Bulgarian City of Poets. Kristina Bozhanova, member of the Bulgarian Union of Free Writers, editor of Literary Voice and the poetry magazine Birds in the Night reads, with admirable charm and grace, translations of her lovely verses. Each reading touches your heart, speaks of the Lime trees of Zagora, and of a poet's destiny.
An interesting variety of practical poets, in from Felixstowe, Occold, Woodbridge, Wenhaston, Beccles and the places in between. Each reader brings a set of talking pictures, poems made with words drawn from life, from memory, from experience or thin air itself. How does it work ? Imagine: A wild desert track in Africa, a prayer-mat of newsprint, a traveller gets down to worship. Imagine: a mother and daughter sharing in birth and death, or a young recruit donning his new uniform, next, perhaps a clutch of brazen dragon-flies...
It is rather short notice, but we have received the following message from the Kissing It Better charity. If any members are free to meet them on Tuesday, then please go along and, if you can, report back to us.
"Kissing It Better is a national charity who have recently set up a contract with Ipswich Hospital and we are very interested in engaging with diverse groups of people in the community. Poetry is something that we find incredibly valuable in our other projects so I was very excited to learn that Suffolk has a poetry society!
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts.