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Tuesday, 28 June 2022 - 7:30pm Poetry Party for Kieta and Steve and a reading by poet Stella Davis

A poetic 'farewell' to Kieta and Steve at the Village Cafe and also a guest reading by Stella Davis

Stella Davis has been writing poetry since the 1980s, and her work has appeared regularly in magazines including Acumen, Equinox, The Interpreter’s House, iota, The London Magazine, Poetry Review, The Rialto, Staple, and South Poetry Magazine.

She spent the Year of the Artist (1999 – 2000) as Poet in Residence at the Port of Southampton. Her book of poems arising from the residency, Watershot, was published in 2001.

In 2003 she was funded by the Arts Council as Poet in Residence at Winchester Cathedral, and her book of poems arising from the  residency, St Swithun’s Day, was published in July 2004. She was winner of the O.U. Open Poetry Competition 2001, the Spire Trust Competition 2003, the Torbay Poetry Festival Competition 2004.

Her collection, Last Boat to Avalon (Peterloo Poets), was published in  2009.

The second half of this meeting will be a farewell to Kieta and Steve who have been so kind in allowing us to use their Village Café for our meetings.   If you can bring a suitable poem to read that would be great!

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 - 7:30pm A Trio of Poets

Trevor Pearce, Clare Phillips and Peter Ludgate present a personal selection of their poetry, or poems that have inspired them.


Tuesday, 26 April 2022 - 7:30pm Seamus Heaney Evening

Seamus Heaney Evening     led by Heather Murphy

“Seamus Heaney has been described as the most important Irish poet since Yeats. Please join us for an illuminating evening about Heaney, the man, his life and his works.”

(re-scheduled from last year)

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 - 7:30pm Cancelled due to illness


This evening features readings from Who’s in the Next Room? which was developed during a National Trust residency as part of the Poetry Society centenary celebrations. 

Thomas Hardy’s original lyrics are juxtaposed with contemporary responses to his poetry, fiction and the landscapes in which he lived and worked.

Paul Hyland, Kate Scott, Catherine Simmonds and Pam Zinnemann-Hope originally performed this work at Max Gate, the house Thomas Hardy designed for himself in Dorchester and they will now be performing it again at East Coker.  Also performed at the Thomas Hardy Conference and Poet in the City at Kings Place, London. 


Tuesday, 22 February 2022 - 7:30pm Relaunch Open Meeting

Relaunch Open Meeting

Our regular meetings are starting again at the Village Cafe.

Come and entertain, enthral and engross the audience with a poem

Everyone has a chance to read poems that they have written or have found interesting.

Or just come and listen and eat Kieta’s cakes……….

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 - 7:30pm Competition Evening

This evening was to be an evening devoted to the poet Seamus Heaney, however due to the cancellation of the meeting on the 8th November this meeting will now be our Poetry Competition 2021 Meeting.

All the Competition entries will be read.   They are a varied and lively selection inspired by this year's subject -  'The Elements'.

Our Judge this year is Irish poet Gill Barr who will also be giving us a short reading of her own poetry.

Should be a good evening

*Please check this website before attending any meeting, as meetings may be cancelled at short notice due to the covid situation

Tuesday, 2 November 2021 - 7:30pm Competition Evening CANCELLED


Tuesday, 25 May 2021 - 7:30pm Zoom Poetry Reading by Roger Iredale

Roger Iredale’s Collection ‘A Sudden Mirror’ was published last year by Peterhouse Press. Roger writes:-

“Much of my poetry has a political overtone, but most of it focusses on people, places and stories, many based on myths and legends. I write poetry for reading aloud, if only in the mind. Each poem has a dominant rhythm and I choose my words to build a sense of movement. Often, reading a broadcast poem, I find myself tapping my foot rhythmically to the beat of the lines. This is why I enjoy broadcasting: it brings me back to the carefully shaped resonances of the lines, the half rhymes, the deeper rhythms that are often less obvious from a silent reading of the text”.

Full details of this meeting appear in our May Newsletter.   If you do not receive the newsletter but would like to join this Zoom meeting please contact the group via the contact form on this website. 

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 - 7:30pm Poetry and Architecture - Zoom event

Full details in our April mini-newsletter

Contact the group via the contact form on this website if you do not receive the newsletter and would like details of this on-line event

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 - 7:30pm Zoom Poetry Reading by Elaine Beckett, Gill Barr and Simon Middleton

East Coker Zoom Poetry Reading

Poets  Elaine Beckett, Gill Barr and Simon Middleton

Tuesday 30th March 2021   7.30pm

Elaine Beckett has won several awards for her poetry including the Faber New Poets award and the Bridport International Poetry Prize (Dorset Award).

Her debut collection 'Sea Creature Regrows Entire Body' is published on 15th April by Verve Poetry Press.  Here is a link to the Verve Poetry Press page :-

Gill Barr has recently had poems published in The New European and the Oxford based mindfulness magazine, Marmalade and Kindness and in The Honest Ulsterman.

Simon Middleton was shortlisted for the 2020 Winchester Poetry Prize. He has also won the Bridport International Poetry Prize (Dorset Award)

Elaine writes :-

“Gill and Simon will be reading their own poems, and I'll be reading poems from 'Sea Creature Regrows Entire Body'.  The poems we'll be reading relate in different ways to the theme I've chosen - The Road to Freedom.

We three all meet regularly in a poetry writing peer group, so we know each other's work well and Gill and I have done two previous readings together, one with Annie Freud for the Bridport Literary Festival (2018) and one with Greta Stoddart for Exeter Literary Festival (2019).  Gill and Simon both teach English; Gill at The Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport, Simon at The Woodroffe School Lyme Regis.”


The meeting Zoom information is given in the March issue of the East Coker Poetry mini-newsletter.  However if you do not receive the newsletters and wish to attend, please contact the group via the contact form on this website.