About us

Poetry Aloud has met in Bury St Edmunds since 2008. We currently meet in the Risbygate Sports Club, Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3RR, every last Tuesday of the month, except December, when there is no meeting.

Full details of how they are organised and how to get there can be found here.

Poems written and read out loud by those who attend can be submitted for inclusion on this website. Not everyone submits their poems, it is entirely up to each poet to make that choice. We record every meeting simply so that we have the audio if someone wishes to have their poem presented here. Otherwise our promise is that the recordings will never surface!

We charge £2 entry fee, which covers hire costs and pays for the website and an occasional special event, such as a guest poet or workshop.

On the third Tuesday of each month (except December) we hold a Critical Poetry Workshop at 19.30 at Oakes Barn Free House in Bury town centre – there is no charge except for the price of a drink from the bar. Full details and how to get there can be found HERE.

We also enjoy working as a group to produce a performance for the Suffolk Poetry Society Festival of Suffolk Poetry in May of each year in Stowmarket – check the SPS website for more details.

Poetry Aloud is run democratically, it has a small elected committee and holds an annual AGM.

You can contact us through the contact form on this website.

OUR VALUES

As a group we welcome poetry that is diverse in style and subject matter and aim to create an environment where poets can share and develop their work in an atmosphere that is inclusive and non-judgemental.

We value poetry for its ability to celebrate the ordinary as well as the extraordinary in our inner and outer worlds in language that is fresh and reflective of the individual writer. We hope that the Poetry Aloud website will feature poems that variously move, challenge and entertain its visitors, helping us all to enter sympathetically into the lives of others.

Poems featured on the website should not be taken as reflective of the opinions and perspectives of anyone other than the individual writer. However, all contributors must observe the legal limits that are set on freedom of speech, and the committee may on rare occasions choose not to include poems it considers could promote hatred, incitement, or discriminatory attitudes.

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Go here for directions to the Risbygate Sports Club.