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.

George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 2014

The Crabbe Memorial Competition for 2014 closed on May 31st.

The Adjudicator is the poet Gregory Warren Wilson.

Gregory has published four collections of poetry. His first won the Staple First Edition prize, and he was given an Arts Council Award for the most recent.

Café Poets at Pinky’s - The Summer Reading 2014

Sunday August 10th at Walpole Old Chapel
Starting at 5.00 pm.

Dear Friends, and Fellow Poets.

Hot on the heels of last Friday’s lovely gathering at Pinky’s Café, it is now urgent that we send you this heartfelt reminder and invitation.

Every summer for the last several years, we have enjoyed the hospitality of the Chapel Trustees, and have taken singular pleasure in airing some of our best poetic creations, within that unique sounding chamber.

Date: 
10 August, 2014 - 17:00

Letter To An Unknown Soldier

Please forgive another newsletter so soon after the previous one, but we think you will be interested in this communication we have received. Please let us know if you participate. It would be good to know of our involvement. If you mark the organisation of your contribution as Suffolk Poetry Society, then we will be able to easily link to our contributions from this website. That is a personal choice though. Do not feel obliged to do so.

Dear Suffolk Poetry Society,

President's Newsletter - July 2014

July's newsletter from the President, James Knox Whittet.

Please note that the writer's retreat on Jura that James proposes in this newsletter is not supported financially or insuranced by SPS. It is not an SPS event, it is being privately organised and run by James. Use of SPS resources to promote it does not imply SPS has any responsibility for the event.

Waveney & Blyth Words 2014 Poetry Compeition

Open until Friday 19 September
Cost £3 per poem or submit 3 poems for £5

Norfolk and Suffolk writers with a connection to Waveney & Blyth Arts area of north Suffolk and south Norfolk are invited to submit work (of less than 40 lines) about or inspired by some aspect of the current or historical landscape of the area.

Poetry Worksop with Esther Morgan and Dean Parkin

Come and be stimulated and supported by this day-long poetry workshop which will focus on the theme of rivers - actual, historical, metaphorical and metaphysical - in the inspiring watery setting of the River Waveney Study Centre. Poets Esther Morgan (Bloodaxe Books) and Dean Parkin (The Poetry Trust), who bring an impressive array of awards and experience as writing tutors, will be leading enjoyable and rewarding activities that will get your creative juices flowing. Bring a packed lunch to picnic by the river if the weather is fine.

Date: 
10 August, 2014 - 10:30 - 16:30

Poems, Quilts and Etchings

Our previous Chair, Anne Boileau, is launching her first small collection of poems with Grey Hen Press. The collection is called Shoal Moon.

Sara Impey is an accomplished quilter as well as a poet. She has exhibited widely, gives talks and demonstrations and has edited a book about quilting. Will Lindley is an up and coming artist working in a variety of ancient and modern techniques, and has exhibited with the National Trust and set up strange installations in churches.

Tribute to Gerard Melia

In tribute and memory of Gerard Melia our former Chairman and Newsletter editor, who recently passed away we are pleased to reprint here the article by Maggie Andrews from our 2012 edition of 12 rivers and Gerard's fine poem.

"Gerard Melia, former chairman and newsletter editor of SPS, suffered a stroke three years ago robbing him of the ability to read, write or speak. Gerard fought back. He is now giving lectures to other victims through the stroke association and although it is a painful process, is writing poetry again".

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