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.

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.

Poetry News

The Suffolk poetry year is now in full swing. Our first major event of 2015, Desert Island Poems, featuring Terry Waite CBE as our castaway, with Lord Phillips of Sudbury interviewing in considerable style, was an enormous success by any measure. It was a quite memorable and remarkable evening.

But now we look forward to our next major event in just a few short weeks time, the 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry on the 30th May at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket.

Poetry and the Didgeridoo – Ondrej Smeykal

The world famous didgeridoo player Ondrej Smeykal comes to Felixstowe on the 25th May for an evening of poetry and didgeridoo music.

Tickets are £10 to SPS members and number are limited.

Contact for details.

Our First Local Stanza Bonanza!!!

On Friday 24th April Suffolk Poetry Society and Essex Mosaic Stanzas will meet to share poetry at 7.30 pm in University College Suffolk.

After a welcome to the University from David Gill, six poets from each Stanza Group will read for up to eight minutes each, alternating between members of the two groups. There will be a break in the middle for a drink and we expect to finish about 10pm.

The Ruba’iya’t of Omar Khayya’m

Join in the Global Celebration of
The United Nations 2015 Year of Light
Charles Mugleston
reading the delightful poetic Masterpiece
The Ruba’iya’t of Omar Khayya’m
Translated by Edward FitzGerald
Omar Khayya'm

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.

Terry Waite's Desert Island Poems

A 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. It was an event which will live long in our society's history.

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.

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