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 The Bay Tree Cafe in St John's Street, 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.
Sixteen of us gathered in the upstairs of the Bay Tree last night. There were three new faces all of whom shared their poetry, or in one case a song, with the group. Lesley Whitwell was also there to record our readings for the talking newspaper for the blind. I was asked to reread my poem ‘Letting Go’ and Martin was asked to reread his dark piece, ‘IP33’. Next month's meeting will feature the renowned poet Michael Laskey. http://www.michael-laskey.co.uk
Apart from the election result, that is.
On the bright side there is the Bury Festival coming up - no poetry but lots of other good stuff - there is our usual meeting on the last Tuesday (i.e. 26th), 7.30 at The Bay Tree Cafe, and there is the Second Festival of Suffolk Poetry at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket on Saturday 30th - details on the Suffolk Poetry Society website. To say nothing of the free workshop on 23rd for participants in PA's presentation at the Festival.
15 of us met at the Bay Tree last night to listen once more to each other’s poems. Two people came who hadn’t come before. Chris gave an enthralling oration of a selection of his poems that touched lightly on some dark subjects. At the end Richard was asked to reread his poem The Shipping News.
This post contains the current Poetry Aloud posters for you to download and print.