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2024 Programme of Events

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10th Festival of Suffolk Poetry

Friday 10 May: Online via Zoom

Saturday 11 May: 10.00am-7.00pm Live

Annie Freud + MW Bewick

National Poetry Day

Thursday 03 October 3.00pm

Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout,
31 Crag Path, Aldeburgh, IP15 5BS

Members will read poems on the National Poetry Day theme.

George Crabbe Poetry Competition 2024

Closing deadline:
Midnight, Friday 14 June 2024

Total prizes: £950

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW ENTRIES.

Luke Wright
Luke Wright

Adjudicator: Luke Wright

After a quarter of a century on stages across the world, Luke Wright is a poet and raconteur at the top of his game. 

Both brazen and elegiac, Wright’s poems pull on the tidy hem of responsible existence to unravel the frustrations of the family, politics and masculinity in 21st century Britain. 

He marries his inventive writing with breathtaking performance skills to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey. He’s the regular tour support for John Cooper Clarke and often MCs shows for The Libertines. He’s a regular on Radio 4 and has won a Fringe First for writing , a Stage Award for performance, and four Saboteur Awards.

“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.” Guardian

extraordinary and eloquent.” Scotsman

Annual SPS Members’ Reading at Walpole Old Chapel

Sunday 09 June 3.00pm

Walpole Old Chapel
Walpole Old Chapel

Walpole Old Chapel, 2 Halesworth Road, Walpole, Halesworth, IP19 9AZ

Competition Awards Presentation

Saturday 05 October 3.00pm

10th Festival of Suffolk Poetry

Friday 10 May: Online via Zoom

  • Online Workshop – Sue Burge : ‘Poetry on the Wing’

Saturday 11 May: 10.00am-7.00pm Live

George Crabbe Poetry Competition 2024

Closing deadline:
Midnight, Friday 14 June 2024

Total prizes: £950

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW ENTRIES.

Luke Wright
Luke Wright

Adjudicator:
Luke Wright

After a quarter of a century on stages across the world, Luke Wright is a poet and raconteur at the top of his game. 

Both brazen and elegiac, Wright’s poems pull on the tidy hem of responsible existence to unravel the frustrations of the family, politics and masculinity in 21st century Britain.

Annual SPS Members’ Reading at Walpole Old Chapel

Sunday 09 June 3.00pm

Walpole Old Chapel
Walpole Old Chapel

Walpole Old Chapel, 2 Halesworth Road, Walpole, Halesworth, IP19 9AZ

National Poetry Day

Thursday 03 October 3.00pm

Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout,
31 Crag Path, Aldeburgh, IP15 5BS

Members will read poems on the National Poetry Day theme.

Competition Awards Presentation

Saturday 05 October 3.00pm


Gift Aid and SPS

Gift Aid on subscriptions and donations is very helpful to SPS’s finances and cost members and donors nothing.


Turning Japanese

Download or read online Dr Tim Gardiner’s guide to short-form Japanese poetry.

Ripples Poems: Selections by Elizabeth Cook

Ripples is a regular online magazine to which Suffolk Poetry Society members contribute to share their poems, as well as present and discuss favourite poems by other poets.

Ripples was born when we were locked-down and prevented from meeting all but those in our immediate households – a time of much loneliness, fear, and sadness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poems – both serious and comic – began to pour in, and the best of these were published in the magazine. The poems show the range and quality of poetry written by our members.

In celebration of this and also the 70th anniversary of SPS, 70 of the best poems from the more than 200 that were published in Ripples have been selected here.

Elizabeth Cook


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9th Festival Photos

Here are links to the photographs taken during the live day of the festival on Saturday, 13 May 2023:
Workshops, Afternoon, Open Mic, Evening.

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