Event Archive

23 Apr

East Coker Poets at The Brympton Festival

7:30 pm

The Brympton Festival is a new venture for Brympton House.  An extensive week of literary events was planned by the organisers.   East Coker Poetry Group members Catherine Simmonds, David Cloke and Iona Lambe performed poetry at Brympton House on Monday 23rd April in the evening.  The setting is magnificent and despite the weather there was a good attendance at this poetry reading.


27 Mar

Hostile Skies

7:30 pm

It is thirty years since the Falklands War took place.  David Morgan was a harrier pilot from this area who not only published a vivid account of the conflict from his own personal experience but also wrote some very moving poetry at the time.  These poems were not for ‘general reading’ but were written to record his own feelings at a time of great stress.  David very kindly allowed the East Coker Poetry Group to put together an evening of poetry and prose based on these very personal poems.   Tony Ellerbeck, a helicopter pilot who took part in the Falklands conflict, gave an excellent short talk to set the scene for the evening.

28 Feb

Poetry in Print

7:30 pm

Getting poetry published is often an aspiration for many poets.  What are the realities and difficulties?  Local author James Crowden and poet Rachael Clyne talked about the difficulties and delights of publishing poetry in the quickly changing world of the printed word.  The evening ended with – poetry of course!  James and rachael read from their own publised work.

31 Jan


7:30 pm

An evening of reflection on the theme of water.  Based around the inland waterways of Oxfordshire and the changing role of the lock keepers and their interaction with the wildlife on the water.

Poetry, prose and music from Virginia and Florence Astley and Catherine Simmonds. 

29 Nov

Eat Coker - The Poetry of Food

7:30 pm

What better way to lighten a dark Autumnal evening than to celebrate the pleasures of eating – and in poetric form has no calories either!    

Poems were read on the subject of food and also poet, author and cider expert  James Crowden read from his book ‘Open mouthed’  – poetry on a plate!

A most entertaining evening.

25 Oct

Poetry Competition 2011

7:30 pm

Twentysix of our members had each taken a different letter of the alphabet as their subject for this year’s competition. All the entries were read at this well attended and enjoyable meeting.  This year the judge was Will Silk, deputy headmaster of Perrott Hill School who had the onerous task of picking three winners from a very varied collection of poems.

The three winning poems were based on the letters A (Heather Murphy), U (Iona Lambe)  and X (David Cloke).  Details of the poems are to found on our ‘Competitions’ page

20 Sep

How to write a poem

7:30 pm

We have probably all sat with a blank sheet of paper (or blank computer screen) and an equally blank mind, trying to write a poem.  However help was at hand.  For this meeting we had a panel of published poets,  Annie Freud,  Paddy Hughes and Stella Davis, who talked about their approach to writing poetry and how they put pen to paper.  An inspirational meeting !

23 Aug

2011 Summer Open Evening

7:30 pm

These open evenings are an opportunity to hear both new poetry and old favourites in a live reading event that is open for anyone to come along and take part. No theme – just bring some poems.

26 Jul

Bridport Poets Live

7:30 pm

Bridport has a lively arts scene out of all proportion to the size of the town. This was an excellent, lively evening given by several of the ‘Bridport Poets’, including Kim Squirrel, Gill Capper, Andrew Dickson Sweetpea Slight and Ellie Madden.  A ‘poetry happening’ is a good way to describe their varied styles and a splendid showcase for modern poetry.  

28 Jun

Poets Laureate

7:30 pm

There have been many Poet Laureates over the years – but can you name but a few? This was a chance to fill the gaps and learn something of the lesser known, as well as the more famous, Poets Laureate.

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