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.

Chapter & Verse - November 2015

This month I write about the Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti (1909-1944), who wrote maybe the greatest war poems of the 20th Century.

The newsletter is attached.

The Bakers Arms Harkstead Open Verse

We are blessed in our county for having a large number of poetry cafe events and something happening at one of them in most weeks of the month.

The cafes are at the very heart of our community in poetry and are places where many new voices are heard, old favourites rediscovered and new friends made in convivial surroundings.

Each Cafe has its own format personality and character so if you have your own local one that you know and love why not try out somewhere new.

SPS YouTube channel

SPS has a YouTube channel at

Here you will see our members performing their work, or maybe that of others, in various venues.

George Crabbe Memorial Competition Prize Winners 2015 at the prize giving

The winners of the George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 2015 with the adjudicator Robert Seatter (right).

George Crabbe Memorial Competition Prize Winners 2015

GEORGE CRABBE Competition Prize Winners 2015

First prize: Caroline Gilfillan 'Things He Loved'

Second prize: Alex Toms 'The Last Lady Eel Catcher'

Third prize: Gillian Bence-Jones 'The Miller's Son'

Suffolk Poetry Society Gains Charitable Status

Dear Member,

I am delighted to inform you that following your vote at our AGM and subsequent work by your committee The Charities Commision has accepted  SUFFOLK POETRY SOCIETY’S application and we are now a registered Registered Charity Number 1162298.



Honorary Degree for Ronald Blythe

We are pleased to see that Ronald Blythe has been awarded an Honorary Degree by University Campus Suffolk (UCS).

Our congratulations to Ronnie!


Poem for Suffolk: Dean Parkin at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Dean Parkin is currently touring his current project Poem for Suffolk around the county. Last night (25th September 2015) he performed at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury.

The show lasts 70 minutes, which sounds a long time, but it is more than a poetry reading. Dean talks through his life, illustrating it with poems and stories, very ably assisted by Maurice Horhut on the piano. There was even a song that required audience participation!

National Poetry Day at the Aldeburgh Lookout

A spiral of poets gathered at the South Lookout on Aldeburgh Beach yesterday, 8th October 2015, to celebrate National Poetry Day. The theme was Light and everyone managed at least one poem on that topic.

The readings were given from the steps of the lookout tower, the seagulls joined in, as did a distant hammering. But even the hammering did nothing to detract from the enjoyment of the event.

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