Edmund in Edmundsbury launch event

SPS member Elizabeth Cook spent a year as writer in residence at St Edmondsbury Cathedral, during which she wrote a long poem on Edmund, as described below. This is being published in a fine art format, and we have received the following invitation, which is extended to everyone.

"The Dean of St Edmundsbury is delighted to invite you to the launch of Edmund in Edmundsbury by Elizabeth Cook on 25 September at 11.30 am.

Chapter & Verse - August 2016 plus news

The topic for this month's Chapter & Verse from our President James Knox Whittet is The Poetry of Rural Suffolk: George Ewart Evans (1909-1988).

You will find it attached.


As part of the Waveney and Blyth ‘Walk, Listen, Write, Dance, Sea, Eat, Create’ programme SPS are leading three walks in the Waveney/Blyth Valley area. 

Tea a The Priory & post-National Poetry Day Open Mic

There are still a few places left for our annual Tea at The Priory, Stoke-by-Nayland, CO6 4RL at 3pm on the 4th September.

This year we lead with a talk by Catherine Dell titled The road to the Fountain of Tears: an introduction to the life and work of Federico Garcia Lorca, before joining Henry and Victoria Engleheart for afternoon tea.

National Poetry Day 6th October — Messages

Ian Griffiths is once again organising SPS's poetry event for us for National Poetry Day, and this is his message to you:

"The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day as I am sure you are aware is  Messages, and I am very much hoping that you will all once again join me at 12:00 Noon on the 6th October at the South Lookout Tower on Aldeburgh beach as guests of our kind host Caroline Wiseman and Francis Carnwath to read your poems on that theme to the passing people of Aldeburgh.

Takes on Shakespeare

Walpole Old Chapel

Sunday 18th September at 5pm

The Ravenscroft Consort and Jackie Osborne are ready to entertain you with superb Shakespearian music in the lovely setting of Walpole Old Chapel, but we need your finest poetical contributions to complete this Suffolk Poetry Society event.

Twelve Rivers and upcoming events

I hope the summer has inspired your writing and we will all benefit from hearing the results soon.

Firstly, a plea from the editor for articles for Twelve Rivers. The deadline for poems is 30th September and for articles, 31st October. Event and café reports are obviously welcome, but the editor is also looking for discourse on all poetry matters. Photographs or illustrations are also welcome. It is your magazine — if you have some burning observations to share about poetry then send them in!

Tea at The Priory : Sunday 4th September

All this sun makes September feel a long way away, but it is never too early to book a seat for our annual Tea at The Priory, Stoke-by-Nayland, which this year is Sunday 4th September at 15:00.

As always, it is a members-only event, when Mr Henry and Mrs Victoria Engleheart invite SPS members to an afternoon of poetry reading and tea.

This year we will have a talk from our own Catherine Dell called The road to the Fountain of Tears: an introduction to the life and work of Federico Garcia Lorca.