André Mangeot at Felixstowe Café Poets 18th May 2017

Submitted by SPSadmin on 24 February, 2017 - 10:27

Felixstowe Cafe Poets are pleased to announce that Poet André Mangeot will be visiting Felixstowe Cafe Poets at their 3rd anniversary meeting on Thursday 18th May 2017. If SPS poets or poets from other Poetry Cafes would like to join them please do. As well as André Mangeot reading his poetry there should also be time for FCP poets and visitors to read theirs, just put your name in the book on entry.  There is  a £2.50 entry fee which goes to pay the Orwell for room hire. 

Final call to members for AGM

The Committee of Suffolk Poetry Society cordially invites members to our Annual General Meeting at 2pm on Sunday 12th March 2017 at St John’s Church Hall, St John’s Street, Woodbridge IP12 1ED. This is an important meeting which gives you the chance to express your opinions; your vote depends on your subscription being paid.

There is some street parking near St John’s Church Hall and a car park at the bottom of New Street, a short distance away.

Music in Felixstowe — write poetry while listening

Submitted by SPSadmin on 15 February, 2017 - 10:41

Hattie Bennett of Music in Felixstowe, who performed with us at the highly successful Singing Stone event in Ipswich, has suggested that poets may be particularly interested in the following performance of words and music on:

Friday February 24th at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club at 7.30pm:

The Soldier’s Tale – Stravinsky, original libretto by Ramuz

Façade – William Walton, words by Edith Sitwell


Festival In Conversation — call for interviewees

Those who have been to our festivals will know that during the evening we have traditionally had an In Conversation spot. This year we wish to hold one with a slight difference. We would like the conversation to be between our own poets who have been recently published.

This will relate well to Antony Johae's morning workshop on getting published.

Festival workshop: Poetry and Music — Gregory Warren Wilson

Gregory Warren Wilson will be headlining the 4th Festival of Suffolk Poetry on Saturday 27th May 2017, but he will begin the day by leading a workshop Poetry and Music.

Gregory is a violinist, dancer and poet, so is ideally qualified to bring poetry and music together. This is how he describes the workshop:

"Poetry and music have a great deal in common — after all, they are capable of moving us. But how does a poem, which takes us beyond the meaning of the words, actually do this?

Festival workshop: Using Cinematic Techniques to Improve your Poetry

Derek Adams will lead a workshop on Using Cinematic Techniques to Improve your Poetry at the 4th Festival of Suffolk Poetry.

Derek says: "We are always being told show don't tell, film directors are experts at telling stories by showing, so what can we learn from them to improve our poetry? In this workshop we will look at techniques used by film-makers and use writing exercises based on them to write poems".

Festival workshop: Getting your poems published

Once again there will be workshops from 10:00-12:30 as part of the 4th Festival of Suffolk Poetry on Saturday 27th May 2017.

Antony Johae is offering the following:

Title: How to Get Your Poems Published                Facilitator: Antony Johae

Many write poems but do not send them out to be published in print magazines or online. The workshop is designed to assist poets develop strategies for submitting their work.

Chapter & Verse - January 2017

The subject of my newsletter for this month, the beginning of a new year, January 2017, is Robert Burns. I'm sure you will have heard of him.