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The festival is moving to Stowmarket Community Centre, Hillside, IP14 2BD and is headlined by George Szirtes and André Mangeot. Also reading are Barbara Strangward and Nicola Warwick. There will be a dramatised excerpt from Poems in the Case, a poetry-themed murder mystery from Michael Bartholomew-Biggs and songs from the Islands of Love song cycle.

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Kate Foley

If you feel that the world today could do with more of the insights that poetry can bring, if you read it, write it, would like to write it but don’t know where to start, if you want a place where your voice might be heard, or if you simply love the stuff, then think about joining us.

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Florence Cox, Chair

Are you interested in sharing your poetry with others? Do you like listening to poetry? Would you like to find constructive criticism for the poetry you write? Would you like to participate in a wide range of Suffolk events with poetry at their heart? Suffolk Poetry Society is the place for you.

Crabbe Poetry Competition 2020 Launched FIRST PRIZE £600 SECOND PRIZE £300 THIRD PRIZE £150 PLUS TWO HIGHLY COMMENDED PRIZES OF £75 EACH Adjudicator Martin Figura The closing date for the competition is 15th June 2020. Entry fees: £3 for each poem. to enter and read rules visit https://suffolkpoetrysociety.org/shop/competition/crabbe Sponsored by FairweatherContinue Reading

Heidi Williamson

Join poet Heidi Williamson for a writing workshop on the theme of ‘Characters’ at the Palgrave Community Centre, Upper Rose Lane, Palgrave, Diss IP22 1AP from 10am – 1pm on Wednesday 26th February 2020. The Centre is fully accessible and has its own car park . Tickets can be bookedContinue Reading

25 June 2011 Soundings was an event focused on exploring the use of sound in poetry. Readers were invited to read in dialect to show how dialect affected and worked in poetry. Cameron Hawke Smith opened proceedings with a talk about Sorley MacLean, assisted by Anna McCrae. Anna McCrae readContinue Reading

Desert Island Poems 2013

Dr Ronald Blythe with Dr Frances Ward 4 March 2013 Dr Ronald Blythe was the castaway for Desert Island Poems that was co-hosted by SPS and Mosaic Poets of Colchester. Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmondsbury, was the interviewer. The venue was Christchurch, Ireton Road, Colchester, and was packedContinue Reading

Desert Island Poems 2014

Lord Phillips of Sudbury with Dr Ronald Blythe 14 March 2014 Desert Island Poems 2014 with Lord Phillips of Sudbury being interviewed by Dr Ronald Blythe was held in the Friends Meeting House, Sudbury. The poems were read by members of SPS, and Peter Durrent provided piano music to keepContinue Reading

Crabbe Awards 2012

Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh 14 October 2012 Kenneth Steven was the Adjudicator for the 2012 Crabbe Poetry Competition. The winners were Caroline Gilfillan, First Prize, with ‘Christina’s World’, Anne Boileau, 2nd Prize, with ‘Study to be Quiet’, and James Knox Whittet, 3rd Prize, with ‘Birds Viewed From A Cage’. There wereContinue Reading

Crabbe Winnders 2011

Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh 9 October 2011 Elaine Feinstein was the Adjudicator for the 2012 Crabbe Poetry Competition. Unfortunately, she could not attend the awards ceremony, so Pauline Stainer, President of SPS, took her place. First Prize went to James Knox Whittet for ‘Languages of Babyle’. Second Prize went to DavidContinue Reading