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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.

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Coming Up

For our next meeting at Benson Blakes on Tuesday 29th April we have two guest readers - Martin Figura and Helen Ivory.  Both are well known on the poetry circuit as excellent writers and readers of their own work.  Helen will read first, then there will be 'open mike' - just one poem each this time - and Martin will read after the interval.  You would be foolish to miss it!

Peer Group Editing workshop

The next peer group workshop is an EDITING workshop, to be held on Tuesday 8 April 7.30pm at Diana's house.  Bring 6 copies of a poem in progress on which you would like some feedback.

Contact Diana on 01284 700552 or email dianabanks754@msn.com if you would like to come or for further details. 

Poetry on the Hour at Bury St Edmunds Library

Saturday 15 March 2014

Every time I announce that there are poets due to arrive for a peer group workshop, every normal person in the house heads for the safety of the pub and the disinfecting comfort of alcohol.  The poets get to hold their Poets Anonymous Self-help Group meeting uninhibited by the presence of restless, unsympathetic voyeurs.

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PA programme for 2014

Fri 14 March: Supporting SPS Desert Island Poems in Sudbury.  Opportunity to read a poem chosen by Lord Andrew Phillips of Sudbury.

Sat 15 March: Poetry on the Hour in Bury Library foyer.  Read a famous poem and one of your own!

Tues 29 April: Martin Figura & Helen Ivory guest readers at PA monthly meeting.

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Cherry Pie and other poems by Sally Warrell - review

Cherry Pie is not a traditional English dish, nor are the poems in “Cherry Pie and other poems” traditional English poems, they are instead a very impressive collection of poems written by Sally Warrell, about life in the twenty-first century, I won't try to list the subjects covered, suffice to say that I have every confidence that any poetry lover will find poems in this collection worth their attention.

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Creative Writing Residential with Alice Oswald

The Sharpham Trust is developing a new residential creative writing programme hosted and led by award winning poet Alice Oswald, alongside other established guest writers. This is a unique and special opportunity to stay at Sharpham House and focus on your writing practice in a breathtaking, inspirational landscape.

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Hashtags - #Wow!

For all you Twitter freaks, we have now added #hashtags to #Poetry_Aloud.

Now you can go crazy categorising everything!


Poetry Aloud Posters

This post contains the current Poetry Aloud posters for you to download and print.

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