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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.

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!