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 pay by 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.

Suffolk Poetry Society AGM 2015

Dear Members,

My congratulations to all those who gave up a beautiful afternoon to contribute to a most positive and productive meeting on behalf of the societies' business. My thanks also to those who sent apologies that they were unable to attend and informed us of their views. Unfortunately we were only able to accept votes from those present at the meeting but the motions were so magnanimously endorsed by those present that postal votes would have made no diference to the outcome.

Chapter & Verse - March 2015

For the March Chapter and Verse I have chosen to write about Emily Dickinson. I need say no more than that about her, so let me take the opportunity to point you to Desert Island Poems with Terry Waite CBE, which is almost upon us, on the 10th April. There are still tickets available and you can reserve them on, where you can also book your festival tickets.

George Crabbe Memorial Competition 2015

The George Crabbe Memorial Competition closes on the 31st May.

The adjudicator this year will be Robert Seatter.

Felixstowe Café Poets anthology 'Awakening' launch

Felixstowe Café Poets launch their anthology "Awakening" on May 21st at The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe.

Felixstowe Café Poets will be launching an Anthology to mark their First Anniversary.  The Anthology of poems is enhanced by colour photographs. Poet and photographer Jim Nind who attends FCP has put the book together for us. The result is a really attractive book that we feel sure will appeal to all. [The proof reader who has seen a preview said ‘it is beautiful.’]   This is clearly a book not to miss. 

Local Stanza Bonanza Opportunities

On February 26th a group from Suffolk Poetry Society read a selection of their work at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden, headquarters of the national Poetry Society. The evening was shared with a group from Swindon, both groups being Stanzas, affiliated to the Poetry Society. Six poets from each group were allocated up to eight minutes each to read alternately, with a 15 minute break half way through. Each side also provided an MC.

SPS AGM 2015

The SPS AGM of 2015 was surely one of the most momentous in its history. A new constitution was adopted that should pave the way for SPS to become a charity.

The AGM was concordant throughout, excellently chaired by Ian Griffiths and supported by his committee. Particular mention should be made of the SPS Secretary, Sue Wallace-Shaddad, who helped keep everything on track.

Desert Island Poems with Terry Waite CBE

Desert Island Poems features Terry Waite CBE being interviewed by Lord Phillips of Sudbury.

This fascinating evening will see Terry's choice of poems being read by members of SPS. There will also be piano music by Matt Carter to break the conversation and set the atmosphere.

The venue will be the Friends Meeting House, St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SJ.

This is a ticketed event, and tickets are £6.00 to SPS members, £7.50 to non-members.

Tickets are strictly limited, so do book early.

10 April, 2015 - 19:30 - 21:30
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