National Poetry Day 6th October — Messages (reminder)

September is almost over, which means that National Poetry Day will soon be upon us on the 6th October.

Ian Griffiths wishes to remind you that the theme is Messages and he needs anyone who intends to participate to send their poems to him. We will once again be performing our poems on Aldeburgh Beach at the South Lookout Tower at 12:00 Noon.

Writing from Art and Found Objects workshop and reading

1st October 2016 –  Join poets  Helen Ivory and Martin Figura for an afternoon workshop (14.30 – 17.30) and/or evening reading (18.30 – 20.00)  on the theme of Writing from Art and Found Objects at White House Farm near Great Glemham -  Suffolk Poetry Society poetry events at Alde Valley Spring Festival’s autumn programme ! Cornucopia ! . The farm hosts art and sculpture exhibitions and much more.

See the attached for more about Helen and Martin.

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.

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!