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.
To our surprise, the first meeting of the year took place at Benson Blakes, our venue from previous years. We arrived at The Bay Tree to find it closed but fortunately - for us at least - BB were having a quiet night and welcomed our unexpected custom. We learnt later that Mark, from the Bay Tree, had been away and Nicky was unwell. Her plan was to have a short nap before opening up for us, but the poor lady didn't wake up until 10 o'clock, feeling very (and unnecessarily) guilty!
What turned out to be a fortuitous mix up over venue meant a delayed start and late finish to the workshop, but Danni happily packed in as much as she could. She commenced by taking us through what we would like to achieve from the workshop and how to address the weaknesses we had identified.
This was the turn out at our first meeting at the Bay Tree Café on the 31st September 2014. Three new poets!
This post contains the current Poetry Aloud posters for you to download and print.