10th Festival of Suffolk Poetry Live Day Saturday 11th May 2024

The live day, Saturday 11 May, at the John Peel Centre begins with workshops from Annie Freud and MW Bewick. There will follow readings from Annie Freud, MW Bewick, close readings from George Szirtes and much more. Timetable below. A single ticket covers the afternoon and evening.

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10th Festival of Suffolk Poetry

Saturday 11 May 2024 13:25-18:40

John Peel Centre, Church Walk, Stowmarket, IP14 1ET

The 10th Festival of Suffolk Poetry live day at the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, begins with workshops from Annie Freud and MW Bewick.

Annie Freud
Annie Freud

There will then be an afternoon and evening of readings from Annie Freud, MW Bewick supported by SPS member guest poets Sheila Lockhart and Roger White, Open Mic, Poetry Cafés, close readings from George Szirtes and Fiona Clark and a presentation from Colin Whyles on what AI can and cannot do to help writers. See the timetable below. A single ticket covers the afternoon and evening, with separate ones for the workshops.

MW Bewick
MW Bewick
Annie Freud
Annie Freud
MW Bewick
MW Bewick
There will then be an afternoon and evening of readings from Annie Freud, MW Bewick supported by SPS member guest poets Sheila Lockhart and Roger White, Open Mic, Poetry Cafés, close readings from George Szirtes and Fiona Clark and a presentation from Colin Whyles on what AI can and cannot do to help writers. See the timetable below. A single ticket covers the afternoon and evening, with separate ones for the workshops.
TimeEvent
10:00-12:30 Annie Freud workshop
10:00-12:30 MW Bewick workshop
12:30-13:25Lunch
13:25Opening announcements
13:30Open Mic
13:55Blythe Café Poets
14:20Interval
14:30Waveney & Swan Poets
14:55Close reading – Fiona Clark
14:55Poetry Aloud
15:20Interval
15:30Close reading – George Szirtes
15:40Felixstowe Café Poets
16:00Colin Whyles – “What the AI can it do?”
16:15Interval
16:45Roger White
17:10Sheila Lockhart
17:35Interval
17:45MW Bewick
18:10Annie Freud
18:35Closing speeches
18:40Fin
Sheila Lockhart
Sheila Lockhart
Sheila Lockhart was born in London and has a lifelong association with Aldeburgh. She’s lived most of her adult life in Scotland and now on the Black Isle. She’s had careers in art history and social work. She took up writing poetry in 2016 after the death of her brother.
Publications include Northwords Now, the StAnza Poetry Map of Scotland, Twelve Rivers, The Alchemy Spoon, Re-side, Dreich Magazine, and The Ekphrastic Review. Her debut pamphlet, ‘Brother’, was published by V.Press in November 2023.
Roger White
Roger White
Roger White has lived in Hadleigh for 26 years. His debut collection ‘A Frame Less Perfect’ was published by respected Shoestring Press and very well received. Twelve Rivers describes it as an “accomplished debut collection” and Kevin Bailey in The Haiku Quarterly says: “The word pictures at the heart of most of the poems are imbued with an emotional warmth that engage the reader… this poet is a master of imagery, and the writing ‘assured’ – my highest compliment to any writer…this is a rare talent.”
Sheila Lockhart
Sheila Lockhart
Sheila Lockhart was born in London and has a lifelong association with Aldeburgh. She’s lived most of her adult life in Scotland and now on the Black Isle. She’s had careers in art history and social work. She took up writing poetry in 2016 after the death of her brother.
Publications include Northwords Now, the StAnza Poetry Map of Scotland, Twelve Rivers, The Alchemy Spoon, Re-side, Dreich Magazine, and The Ekphrastic Review. Her debut pamphlet, ‘Brother’, was published by V.Press in November 2023.
Roger White
Roger White
Roger White has lived in Hadleigh for 26 years. His debut collection ‘A Frame Less Perfect’ was published by respected Shoestring Press and very well received. Twelve Rivers describes it as an “accomplished debut collection” and Kevin Bailey in The Haiku Quarterly says: “The word pictures at the heart of most of the poems are imbued with an emotional warmth that engage the reader… this poet is a master of imagery, and the writing ‘assured’ – my highest compliment to any writer…this is a rare talent.”

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