|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.
|Tuesday, 26 January 2021 - 7:30pm||Zoom event - From the Sublime to the Ridiculous||
A Zoom online Poetry Presentation lead by Amelia Bennett. Start time 7.30pm.
Readers Catherine Simmonds, Jem Langworthy, Caroline Mornement and Amelia Bennett.
Contact the poetry Group via our contact page for log in details to this Zoom meeting.
|Tuesday, 24 November 2020 - 7:30pm||Zoom meeting||
On the last Tuesday of each month we will have a Zoom Poetry meeting for members of the group. If you wish to take part please contact Diane Summer for details. Initially please use the 'contact' form on this website.
|Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 7:30pm||CANCELLED James Crowden - Mountains||
An evening of poetry and prose presented by James Crowden and based on his new book ‘The Frozen River’.
In 1976 James Crowden left his career in the British army and travelled the Northern Himalaya, one of the most remote parts of the world. The Frozen River is his extraordinary account of the time he spent there, living alongside the Zangskari people, before the arrival of roads and mass tourism. James captured a crucial moment in time for this Himalayan community. A moment in which their Buddhist practices and traditions were threatened by the pull of a world beyond their valley.
|Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 7:30pm||CANCELLED Open Evening||
Bring along a poem or two to read (your own or by another), or come simply to listen. These open evenings always result in an interesting mix of subject-matter and styles.
|Tuesday, 25 February 2020 - 7:30pm||Love Poetry||
As February is the month of St Valentine, Heather has agreed to lead a meeting on the subject of love, a subject which, surprisingly, has not been covered by the group before (so far as I know). Please bring along a couple of your favourite love poems (we’ll want to fit in as many as possible so no 25-verse sagas please).
And, to add a little spice, we will hold an informal love poem competition. If you wish to enter, please bring along to the meeting a love poem of your own –no more than 20 lines or so. Give it to Heather when you arrive and don’t put your name on it (the entries will be judged anonymously during the break by Keita, our generous host at the café). All the entries can then be included in the poems read in the second half.
Entering this competition is not compulsory – if you want to just come and listen, please feel free to do so. That said, we hope that at least a few of you will enter as poor Heather doesn’t want to have to eat the prize (a heart-shaped box of chocolates) all on her own!
|Tuesday, 28 January 2020 - 7:30pm||T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land||
Jem Langworthy will guide us through the complexities of Eliot’s most iconic poem – one which can frustrate, baffle, intrigue and delight – explaining the imagery and allusions and examining why, nearly 100 years after it was written, this is still very much a poem for today.
|Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - 7:30pm||Christmas Open Evening 2019||
This will be a lighthearted open meeting and you are encouraged to bring poems relating to Christmas, New Year or Winter. Mince pies will of course be available. The cafe will be open to provide seasonal liquid refreshment.
|Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - 7:30pm||Australian Poetry||
Diane Summer leads this evening. Will we all be sitting under the shade of a coolibah tree by the billabong while the hot antipodean sun shines……….?
There is much more to the vast continent of Australia than Waltzing Matilda – come along and hear the poetry.
|Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - 7:30pm||Competition Evening||
These competition evenings are always fun! The theme this year is ‘The Poetic Highway Code’ and this should bring forth an interesting collection of poems from our inventive poetry group members.
As always, we hope you can come and read your entry at the meeting, but if you cannot come or would prefer not to read, your poem will be read by one of our resident ‘readers’.
Ouir Judge this year is Sandra Snelling, well known for her work at the Swan Theatre in Yeovil.
Note - Our venue is The Village Cafe in East Coker