Event Archive

26 Mar

Poetry and Places Abroad

7:30 pm

Our ‘Poetry and Places’ audio visual extravaganza featured a diverse collection of poetry linked to visual images of the place evoked by the poem.  A large range of places from the familiar to the decidedly unfamiliar made it an interesting evening.  There can’t be many poetry evenings that include poetry from Burkina Faso ………..

26 Feb

Elaine Beckett

7:30 pm

Elaine Beckett recently won the Bridport Prize’s Dorset Award. She has attended a master class at Ty Nwydd with the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and the Welsh laureate, Gillian Clarke; given readings in Bridport and Cattistock and at the New Art Gallery in Walsall and has a background in music and film. She has contributed poems to the Ty Nwydd anthology Taking Tea with Taliesen.

29 Jan

Poetry Group Dinner - guest speaker James Crowden

7:30 pm

Our January Dinner this year featured James Crowden as our guest speaker.  Always entertaining and knowledgeable, James gave a fascinating talk about Somerset poet John Jarmain – and many other literary topics too……………

The Helyar Arms put together a special menu for this well attended event and the ‘puddings’ could best be described as works of art !

A very enjoyable evening.

18 Dec

Open Meeting

7:30 pm

Bring some poems to read or just come and listen.

No theme, but as it is the festive season…….and did somebody say mince pies….?

27 Nov


7:30 pm

Said to be ‘America’s most popular poet’ in 2007, the poetry of Rumi may not be familiar to many of us.  A 13th Century Persian poet, theologian and Sufi mystic, Rumi’s poetry has been translated into many languages and his worldwide influence has been considerable. 

Despite the recent flooding on roads into East Coker a good number of members came to enter the mystical world of the skittle alley at the Helyar Arms.  The evening was lead by Gaie Vickers with readings by Tilly Tremain and insights into beliefs of the Sufi sect by Simon Heathcote. 

30 Oct

Poetry Competition 2012

7:30 pm

The ever popular annual poetry competition always produces a fascinating poetic mix of styles and forms. Doggerel and limericks sit side by side with haiku and sonnets.

The theme this year was ‘Postcards’ and all the competition entries were read at this meeting.

We had two judges this year, author Malcolm Welshman and artist / illustrator Lyn Milner, who talked about some of the entries that ‘caught their eye’.

First Prize  –  Annie Fisher for a trio of excellent poems – Multiple-Choice holiday postcard, Postcard from a long ago island and Slug on a postcard.

Second Prize  – Gaie Vickers for The Postcard

Third Prize  –  Jane Williams for Postcard

04 Sep

Robert Browning Bicentenary

7:30 pm

To celebrate the bicentenary of Robert Browning’s birth, Anne Bingley, Charles Hatton and Sonia & Crispian Cartwright presented an excellent mix of Browning’s poetry – a most enjoyable evening.

31 Jul

Poems and Places

7:30 pm

East Coker is not the only place to be linked to a famous poem and this evening was a poetic and visual trip to those places immortalised in poetry. 

No passports, no airports queues, no traffic jams – only an interest in poetry was needed!


26 Jun

Bernard Holiday

7:30 pm

By ‘popular request’ Bernard Holiday came back to East Coker to present an excellent evening of poetry on themes of travel, night and the art of writing different forms poetry.

Bernard was a Judge for our 2010 poetry competition and has also taken part in the West Coker Poets evening here the previous year. 

29 May

May Open Meeting

7:30 pm

These open evenings are always popular and this May meeting was no exception.  

A wide variety of poetry was read and although there was no theme, a natural theme of poetry from abroad, or about other countries, seemed to develop.

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