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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.


Felixstowe Café Poets on Felixstowe Book Festival Blog in February

Felixstowe Café Poets will have quite a number of their short poems on the theme of love posted on Felixstowe Book Festival Blogs each day from 8th February to 14th February 2016. That is, up until Valentine's Day. What a coincidence!

3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry tickets now for sale online

Tickets for the 3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry are now for sale online here: http://tickets.suffolkpoetrysociety.org.uk/

Workshop places are limited, so do not delay. Note that workshops start 30 minutes earlier than in previous years at 10:00am.

You can buy tickets for the whole or part of the day from the above link. You can pay by credit/debit card or via a PayPal account. PayPal handles card payments for us. You do not have to have a PayPal account. Simply follow the instructions on the PayPal payment page to pay by card.

3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry workshops

The three workshops for the 3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry are now available for booking. Here are how the workshop leaders describe them:

WHERE WE LIVE / Dean Parkin

Take your imagination on a creative walk past the places where we once lived and relive the memories that are still inside.

3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry – Sestina workshop – James Knox Whittet

The sestina is a beautiful and intricate form which has been around for some eight centuries. Many notable poets in many languages throughout history have written in this form: from Dante in the 13th century to Ezra Pound, W.H. Auden and Seamus Heaney in the 20th century. All of those poets and countless others have realized that the sestina with its haunting repetitions can achieve a memorable verbal music all of its own.

3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry – Intonation workshop – Cameron Hawke Smith

The living part of a poem is the intonation entangled somehow in the syntax, idiom and meaning of a sentence...It is the most volatile and at the same time the most important part of poetry. It goes and the language becomes a dead language and the poetry dead poetry.....

Robert Frost

The workshop will explore the concept of intonation in the presentation of a poem both orally and on the page. There will be examples to discuss from a number of poets of the past and of today.

3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry – Dean Parkin workshop

Dean Parkin's workshop at the 3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry on the 28th May 2016 at the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket is entitled Where We Live. Here is how Dean describes it:

WHERE WE LIVE / Dean Parkin

Take your imagination on a creative walk past the places where we once lived and relive the memories that are still inside.

Chapter & Verse - January 2016

The subject of this month's newsletter (attached) is Australia's best-known Aboriginal poet, Oodgeroo Noonucal.

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