Event Archive

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.

29 May

T S Eliot Modern Poetry Day

2:00 pm

The afternoon of Sunday 29th May saw the Garden at Naish Priory opened for a ‘T.S.Eliot Modern Poetry Day’, promoted by the East Coker Preservation Trust. Talks and readings linked to T.S.Eliot took place during the afternoon, where the combination of poetry, picnics and the delightful garden at Naish Priory made this a splendid and memorable ‘outside’ event.  The garden was open by kind permission of Dr and Mrs John Fysh. 

24 May

Oddments of Eliot

7:30 pm

What better place to hear some T.S.Eliot read than East Coker itself. Eliot was voted Englands most popular poet in 2010. His poetry is variously described as brilliant, obscure, tantalising or impenetrable. Whatever your view, the mix of some of his poetry, plus the announcement of the format of this year’s poetry writing competition, made this a most enjoyable evening.   Readers were Ian White, John Darling, Richard Vanderpump and Jean Caunter with Clive and Anne Bingley linking the readings’.

26 Apr

Julia Copus

7:30 pm

We left before I had time
To comfort you, to tell you that we nearly touched………..
So starts Julia Copus’ most famous poem, The Back Seat of My Mother’s Car.
There are few poets who can claim to have invented a new form of poetry, but the specular poems of Julia Copus are just that.  Her poetry is intimate, gripping, sometimes claustrophobic, but modern poetry at its best.
Winner of the most recent Forward Prize for a single poem, Julia Copus is a rising star of poetry, and a radio dramatist for the BBC.  We were fortunate that she came to East Coker to read some of her poems and take part in a ‘question and answer’ session afterwards.

29 Mar

Anything for a Laugh

7:30 pm

Rhymes, limericks and amusing verse or worse were read.  Poems by Pam Ayers and Ogden Nash and many others that you thought you could never possibly hear at a poetry meeting all added to the laughter !

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