Suffolk Poetry Society newsletter

Suffolk Poetry Society newsletter

Felixstowe Café Poets At Felixstowe Book Festival 2017

Tickets went on sale for Friends of the Felixstowe Book Festival earlier in April and tickets for all went on sale from 21st April. 

Felixstowe Café Poets' event this year is at 9.30a.m. Saturday 1st July 2017.  They will be in His Lordship’s Library (their normal meeting room) and they would be very pleased if as many of you as possible went to their event at the Book Festival. Their friendly group has some great SPS poets in our midst and others.

Walking with Words - 28th April 2017

Walking with Words was cancelled last year due to impending storms. It has been rescheduled for the 28th April 2017, 10:00-16:00.

With local poet Ivor Murrell and landscape writer Melinda Appleby, take a four-mile walk via waterside paths and boardwalks along the glorious Blyth Estuary, past Angel Marsh and Dead Man’s Covert. Hear poems about the area en route, and bring a notebook to capture your own words. Concentrate on using the senses — smell, taste as well as sight and hearing.

National Poetry Day report

Ian Griffiths reports on National Poetry Day, for which he organised a reading on Aldeburgh Beach at the South Lookout, which was in turn transmitted to the USA via the Internet:

The National Poetry Day audience

Kissing It Better

It is rather short notice, but we have received the following message from the Kissing It Better charity. If any members are free to meet them on Tuesday, then please go along and, if you can, report back to us.

"Kissing It Better is a national charity who have recently set up a contract with Ipswich Hospital and we are very interested in engaging with diverse groups of people in the community. Poetry is something that we find incredibly valuable in our other projects so I was very excited to learn that Suffolk has a poetry society!

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and more

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts.

Prizes include:

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: