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. We begin at 19:30 and aim to finish at 21:30.
The usual form of the meeting is that each poet gets to read two poems in the first half of the meeting, we then break for refreshments and reassemble for the second set. Everyone then gets to read a third poem.
The group is non-critical, and all forms of poetry are enjoyed. This allows a relaxed atmosphere where poets can present their poems with no form of redress! However, spontaneous comment is welcome.
Not everyone submits their poems to this website, it is entirely up to each poet to judge its merits. 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 also enjoy working as a group to produce a performance for the Suffolk Poetry Society Festival of Suffolk Poetry each year. This is held on the last Saturday of May in the John Peel Centre for Performing Arts, Stowmarket.
We charge £2 entry fee, which pays for this website and an occasional special event, such as a guest poet or workshop.
You can contact us through the contact form on this website (top right).
Here is how to find the venue:
* Parking comes with an important safety etiquette. When entering or leaving the car park, there is a single track access road. If you find yourself advancing out of the club and a car enters, in order to avoid vehicles having to reverse onto the main road, the vehicle leaving is asked to reverse and give way.
Here is link to road view of club entrance as it can be easily missed
Photo of club ground layout