Two of our members, Derek Adams and Antony Johae, will be leading events for Essex Authors Day on 7 March 2020. 10.00–11.30am: Inspired by Art, Ekphrastic Poetry (Workshop), Derek Adams 2.30-4.00pm: How to Get Your Poems Published (Discussion), Antony Johae For full details of these and all the other eventsContinue Reading


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.

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 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

Sue Wallace-Shaddad reading in a churchyard

SPS at Poetry in Aldeburgh 2019 Saturday 9 November An intrepid band of poetry lovers went on a brisk walk round Aldeburgh listening to poems at the Baptist Church, in the Moot Hall where witches were imprisoned by the Witchfinder General and in the churchyard. Elizabeth Soule curated the poems,Continue Reading

Kate Foley

As one of the society’s contributions to Poetry in Aldeburgh 2019, Antony Johae, Anne Boileau and Kate Foley followed the flight paths of their imaginations as they read from their recent collections.