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 - January 2015

This month's poet of choice for my newsletter is Robert Frost.

On quite a different topic, here is a recommendation on making submissions to journals from the Poetry Society's Stanza officer Paul McGrane: https://belljarblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/submitting-to-journals-the-.... This is a blog kept by Jo Bell, the 'Canal Laureate'.


Encounters with Seven Women Poets – talk by Cameron Hawke Smith

All SPS members will be welcome to a talk by Cameron Hawke Smith, editor of Twelve Rivers at the Sudbury Café meeting, at the Gainsborough House Museum (entrance off Weaver’s Street) on Wednesday, 11th February 2015, 7:30pm. Admission £3.50, including tea or coffee.

The seven poets are Stevie Smith, Sappho, Sylvia Plath, Frances Cornford, Pauline Stainer, Emily Dickinson and Sharon Olds, and the readers from the group are Pauline Stainer, Didi Crook, Gill Phillips and Doreen French.

11 February, 2015 - 19:30 - 21:30

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.

AGM date still to be decided

Please note that the AGM will not be held this coming Sunday, the 18th.

We are still preparing for the change to charitable status. The process has taken much longer than we anticipated but we should soon be ready. We can in fact only prepare to make the change at an AGM, where we need to adopt a constitution that is satisfactory to the Charity Commissioners, then we can apply for charitable status.

The constitution is being prepared and you will receive it in the post with the notice of the AGM when it is ready.

Stanza Bonanza

As an official Poetry Society Stanza we have been invited to take part in a ‘Stanza Bonanza’ at the Poetry Café in London. The idea is that a Stanza group sends 6 members (plus 1 to act as MC) to meet with representatives of another Stanza from somewhere else for an evening of shared poetry. Each reader gets 6-8 minutes to read with readers alternating with those of the other group. One MC opens the evening and the other closes it and there is usually a 20 minute break in the middle.

United Press Local Poem competition - note of caution

Having promoted United Press's Local Poem competition in last night's newsletter, we wish to add a note of caution.

Although United Press have been running such competitions for 14 years, after some investigation of their website we suspect that it is a commercial vanity publishing venture. No specific judge of the competitions is mentioned, so we suspect it is probably judged by United Press editors.

It is also not clear how the £1000 prize money is funded, but take note of this condition is their terms and conditions:

2nd Festival of Suffolk Poetry: program change

The In Conversation With slot in the evening of the festival will now be hosted by Douglas Coombes.

Sadly, Oonagh Segrave-Daly has had to step down, but I'm sure we will be seeing her in other years.

The guests remain the same: David Healey, Pam Job and Caroline Gilfillan.

The Vale of Health by Peter Davey: free to SPS members

The Vale of Health

Peter Davey’s new book The Vale of Health has been dedicated to Suffolk Poetry Society.  The book is available to SPS members FREE OF CHARGE - including the cost of postage within the UK.  Peter suggests a small donation to Suffolk Poetry Society.

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