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.

Chapter & Verse - February 2015

In a change of direction for this month's Chapter & Verse, I have written about The Poetry of Childhood. This leads to an invitation to participate in an event in June.

We have many things happening in Suffolk Poetry Society in the next few months, beginning with the AGM on the 8th of March. It is important that your subscription is up to date in order to be allowed to vote at the AGM.

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

Forward Prizes for Poetry 2015

Submissions for the Forward Prizes 2015 are now open.

Entries are welcome in three categories: Best Collection (£10,000), Best First Collection (£5,000) and Best Single Poem (£1,000).

Click here for full details of the Prizes, including eligibility criteria, deadlines, terms and conditions. Please let the organisers know the titles and authors of the collections you are submitting by 13 March 2015.

The Bridport Prize Poetry Competition

You have until 31st May (what an important day!) to not only enter the SPS George Crabbe Memorial Competition, but also the Bridport Prize Poetry Competition.

This year the Bridport Prize will be judged by Roger McGough. More details: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/


Suffolk Skalds Storytelling and Poetry Competition

The annual Suffolk Skalds Competition is open to storytellers and poets of all abilities and persuasions.

You can join their Facebook group Suffolk Skalds or contact them by email to let them know you are attending and get further details: suffolkskald@yahoo.co.uk

The competition is held at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, IP28 6HG.

Poster attached.

5 July, 2015 (All day)

Get your Suffolk Poetry on In Suffolk Website

The arts website InSuffolk.com is launching a showcase for local poets and poems beginning this February. A single poem will be online at any one time under the title Poetry In Suffolk, initially as a monthly feature but expanding to weekly if there are enough submissions.

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