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.

Pocahontas In Ludgate - Mike Bannister

"Pocahontas In Ludgate"

Arrowhead Press UK 2007.

ISBN 978-1-904852-15-5. 88pp.

Price: £7.50

Available from Amazon, Halesworth Bookshop or Mike Bannister (author) at 23 Station Road, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BZ.

"This book is filled with journeys, particularly sea voyages, loved places and homecomings: the ferry draws close to old, familiar places which have grown, through memory and time, strangely new and beautiful".
– James Knox Whittet

Shoal Moon: 23 Poems by Anne Boileau - Review by Mike Bannister

Shoal Moon is a slim volume I very much enjoyed reading. It continues to give pleasure, each time I turn to it.  Anne Boileau’s gift is to enter into the spirit of things, and to redeem the past; a gift nowhere better realised than with the opening stanzas of The Kyle of Tongue. The poet-observer transports herself and the listener, into another ‘time before time’. It is one of several such pleasures for the reader-in-waiting.

Errata to 2015 January-June brochure

A rather foolish blunder has come to light in the SPS brochure for January-June 2015.

Felixstowe Café Poets is misnamed as Felixstowe Poets, and it states that there is an entry fee of £3.50. There is absolutely NO entry fee. Entry is FREE!

We apologise to all concerned for this error.

The information on the SPS website is correct:

2015 January-June brochure

2015 is going to be a very busy year for Suffolk Poetry Society. Not only are we anticipating gaining charitable status in 2015, but we have many more events planned than usual. Because of this we will be issuing two six month brochures. The first, covering January-June 2015 is attached.

The July-December brochure should be available at the festival in May.

Chapter & Verse - October 2014

This month I give an insight into Jorge Luis Borge, an Argentinian born poet.

We hope we will see many of you at our event on the 9th of November at the Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, which is part of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

JOHN COOPER CLARKE at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Luke Wright supporting

Poet, Movie Star, Rock Star, TV & Radio Presenter. Comedian, Social & Cultural Commentator.
Tuesday 2nd December at 7.30pm

Date: 
2 December, 2014 - 19:30

Maryport Litfest

The annual Maryport Litfest is a long way from Suffolk, but our own Angela Locke, who is a main reader and workshop leader for us in the 2015 Festival of Suffolk Poetry helps organise it and appears in it.

The Maryport Litfest is held at the Senhouse Roman Museum, which is sited on cliffs overlooking the Solway Firth in Cumbria. Details of the festival can be found by clicking here.

2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry news and more

Preparations for the 2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry are well under way. We will be in the same venue as before, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts and St Peter's Hall in Stowmarket. The main events are in place and we trust the now seven Poetry Cafés are beginning to think about their contributions.

We have three workshops in the morning, as before, running from 10:30-12:30.

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