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Date(s) - 08/05/2021
10:00 am - 9:30 pm

Stowmarket Community Centre

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Featuring George Szirtes, André Mangeot, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Nicola Warwick, Barbara Strangward.

There will be two workshops in the morning (10:00-12:30).

George Szirtes’ workshop is titled The Adventures of Constraint.

“We may imagine poetry, like all art, to be a product of the free play of the spirit. But spirit is a creature of language and language has its own games and ideas that offer liberation through conflict. Or better still, a dance in which spirit and language move to patterns that demand something of both.”

André Mangeot will lead a workshop called Poetry, Politics and Contemporary Issues :

“If poetry is our response to the world around us, can we afford to ignore the urgent and troubling global issues now affecting us all?   But if these are perceived as ‘political’ subjects, should poetry engage or steer clear?  Can the two still combine in subtle and interesting ways to produce memorable poems?   We’ll look at how a number of poets have walked this difficult tightrope, discuss their various approaches, and use these examples to kick-start new work.”

During the afternoon (12:55-17:30), the Poetry Cafés will display their wares. Following them there will be an Open Mic. Sign up on arrival.

The featured poets will read in the evening (18:30-21:30). Michael Bartholomew-Biggs will present an extract from his book Poems in the Case as a play reading enacted by readers from SPS. Poems in the Case is a murder mystery located at a poetry workshop. The book will be available for purchase on the bookstall, which will be open all afternoon and evening. SPS members are invited to sell their books through the bookstall.

Lynne Nesbit and Colin Whyles will perform the final songs from the song cycle Islands of Love, the first six songs of which were performed in the 6th Festival of Suffolk Poetry.

Catering will be available all day.

You can buy tickets in our shop.

A map to the venue is available from the link below

Map to Stowmarket Community Centre