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.
Our new venue, the Bay Tree Cafe in St Johns Street, gave us a warm welcome and an intimate atmosphere in which to hold our meeting; for the most part no amplification was needed. The turnout was slightly larger than usual, as people came to see how we would fit in our new home. We welcomed 3 new readers, some old friends and listeners as well as the usual suspects for a selection of new work and readings from established poets.
This was the turn out at our first meeting at the Bay Tree Café on the 31st September 2014. Three new poets!
The PA Reading Group got off to a good, tongue-twisting, start on Monday 22nd when Martin and Judith Hayden hosted a convivial evening devoted to the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Cameron Hawke Smith, Jenny Chantler and I were in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed renewing our acquaintance with The Wreck of the Deutschland and those wonderful sonnets. Cameron was pleased to find that he was the longest standing Hopkins fan with a Penguin edition that had cost him 3/6, as opposed to the 4/6 version that others of us had!
Trianon’s New Song from Suffolk
On Saturday 18 October in the tiny Suffolk village church at Little Horkesley, near the Essex border, members of Ipswich-based Trianon’s Choir and Brass Ensemble will perform an entertaining programme of songs and brass music from 16th-20th Centuries, including G. Gabrieli, folk songs from East Anglia and a Music Hall medley.
This year Poetry Rivals is open to anyone who loves poetry and is 18 years or over. With a £10 entry free they hope to attract the best of the best to send their poem or poems in for the chance to be selected as one of the top 100 finalists, who will all be published in a special anthology and receive five free copies for their family and friends to enjoy.
Would anyone be interested in a group day out to visit the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the UEA campus, Norwich, in search of inspiration? To minimise costs a car share is proposed, with petrol and parking costs shared. Admission to the main collection is free, but there is a charge for any special exhibition. There is a cafe/restaurant there.
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: