Event Archive

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.

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.

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