We provide any poet who comes to our meetings with a sympathetic platform from which to read their work. We do not criticise or analyse but offer an encouraging ear.
There is, of course, a warm welcome for those who come along to listen.
If you cannot visit us at our regular meetings at Benson Blakes in Bury St Edmunds at 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) then you will find us here at poetryaloud.org.uk.
On Tuesday 30th September we will be holding our first meeting at our new venue, THE BAY TREE CAFE - just a few yards lower down St John's Street than Benson Blakes where we have congregated until now.
Entry will still be just £2.00 and wine, bottled beer and the usual assortment of soft drinks are availalbe.
The cafe can comfortably accommodate 20 of us downstairs, but it would be lovely to see an even bigger crowd than that for this inaugural meeting, to see how well they cope with a really good turn out!
Do come if you can.
There are two important new developments coming up at Poetry Aloud:
BBC4 Sunday 10th & 17th August 2014 9pm
This is a 2 part series about the development of poetry in the 20th century and the poets that wrote it. It makes full use of archive footage from film, TV and radio of interviews with the poets and of them reading from their own work. These are interlaced with comment from academics, friends, family and poets such as Michael Rosen, Simon Armitage and Blake Morrison.
The AGM was held on 29th July 2014, before our monthly meeting, with 11 members present.
Committee: Jen Overett and Richard Whiting are standing down because of family commitments; Diana Banks and Sally Gardener were elected to join Jenny Chantler, Sally Warrell, Colin Whyles and Rob Lock, who agreed to continue.
This post contains the current Poetry Aloud posters for you to download and print.