POETRY PLEASE — Competition

POETRY PLEASE — Competition

Firstly, a reminder that on Tuesday 21st March it is UNESCO World Poetry Day and SPS and guests from poetrywivenhoe will be reading at University of Suffolk on the theme of the Natural World.

7.00pm – 9.00pm Tuesday 21st March 2017, at University Campus Suffolk, the Waterfront Building, Ipswich IP4 1QJ.  Lecture theatre 1 (WLTI), ground floor.

A poster is attached with full details.

Secondly, a new competition announcement:


Suffolk poets are invited to enter a competition for 2018

Poems concerning aquatic features and watery wildlife are needed by the Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust who will be producing a book in 2018 about their reserves.*  Foremost among the highlights is the river Fromus, which cuts a  deep gorge through the length of Simpson's Fromus Reserve, Kelsale, before flowing through Kelsale village, Saxmundham and Sternfield to join the Alde around Snape Watering. Amid the mediaeval meadows of this reserve, there are also four intriguing ponds reflecting the historic use of the site, first as a monastic fishery, and later as a Duke's deer park.  Orchid Glade, Hasketon, has one mysterious shallow pool, much frequented by deer and other wildlife. 

Four one-page poems on these aquatic feature will be published in the 2018 book

Competition rules

Subject matter: Any theme inspired by the Fromus river, or the  ponds on the reserves, the aquatic environment and its life-enhancing qualities.

  • No entry fee
  • A maximum of forty (40) lines plus title.,
  • Any verse form acceptable.
  • A limit of three poems per entrant.
  •  Each poem to be typed 14 pt on a separate sheet of A4 paper and submitted in duplicate with the poet’s name and details on one copy only.
  •  Four poems will be chosen for publication in the 2018 volume, by a team of adjudicators from the Suffolk Poetry Society.
  •  The adjudicators’ decisions will be final.
  •  A Reading of the winning poems will be held in Kelsale Village Hall in February 2018
  •  The Press will be notified of the winning poets and poems.
  •  Copyright of the poem remains with the poet, with permission to the Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust to publish any winning poems free of charge.
  • Prospective entrants should please register by email to the 2018 assistant editor, lordcranbrook@gmail.com before 1st June 2017.
  • Closing date for entries is 1st November 2017.

Open days of the two reserves are announced on the Trust's website www.suffolkflora.org.

Guided tours of the river and ponds will be held at Simpson's Fromus Reserve at 11 am on the first Open Day, on 1st April 2017, and at Orchid Glade at 11 am on 3rd June. 

*Since 2014, the Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust has published an annual book, revealing aspects of the historic landscape and wildlife of the trust's reserves at Kelsale and Hasketon. The 2016 book, Two Suffolk Nature Reserves: the Legacy of Francis W. Simpson, celebrated  the 30th anniversary of the Trust, and included four seasonal poems by Suffolk poet Kaaren Whitney. This book (86 pages) is available from SFPT, Park House, Friston, IP17 1PB (cheque with order, please, for £12, inc. p&p).

A poster is attached.

And thirdly, remember that entries to the George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition must be submitted by 15th June. An entry form is attached.