Event Archive

21 Mar

The Sherborne Poets

7:30 pm

This was a joint meeting of our two groups.  A very varied and lively poetry selection was enjoyed by all.

The Sherborne Poets were lead by Geraldine Rennison.

28 Feb

Greek Evening

7:30 pm

An audio and visual event celebrating Greece and the Greeks.  But was not all olive groves and tavernas……….. 

The plight of refugees and the difficulties of the Greek economy has also produced some heartfelt and captivating poetry.

The vening was lead by Caroline Mornement. 

31 Jan

January Open Meeting

7:30 pm

Just bring a couple of poems to read. They can be either your own or by any poet whose poems will suit the occasion.  Or just come and listen……………

Always a good evening, these informal open meetings remain popular.

29 Nov

Annie Fisher

7:30 pm

 Annie Fisher won our 2012 poetry competition with three excellent poems on the theme of ‘Postcards’.  She has gone on writing poetry and has now put together a collection that is being published in November. We are delighted to welcome her back to East Coker for a reading of her work

25 Oct

Competition Evening

7:30 pm

‘Recipes in Poetic Form’     This sounds like a Great British Verse Off. 

But will we have to eat our own words………. ?

See the ‘Competition Page’ of our website for details

27 Sep

Kate Scott

7:30 pm

Kate Scott is a scriptwriter, playwright and award-winning children’s author. She is also a published poet regularly heard on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please’.  Kate’s stage plays have been performed in the Salisbury Fringe Festival and at the Salisbury Playhouse Studio

30 Aug

T S Eliot Evening

7:30 pm

John Darling, Margaret Hamilton and David Cloke read poems by T S Eliot and talked about the poet who remains one of the most revered poets of the Twentieth century and whose ashes are buried in East Coker Church.

28 Jun

Summer Open Meeting

7:30 pm

Bring a couple of poems to read or just come and listen…………these open meetings are always popular

31 May

Rosie Jackson

7:30 pm

Rosie Jackson – Poetry reading

Rosie’s particular passions are exploring the links between writing and visual arts, and the role of the creative arts in health. Following the success of her Poetry Salzburg pamphlet, What the Ground Holds (2014), her first full collection of poetry, The Light Box, has just appeared from Cultured Llama. She belongs to Bath’s Knucklebone poets, often performs in Bath, at the Poetry Cafe in Frome and other venues in the South West. She runs poetry and memoir classes; her own memoir The Glass Mother will be published in Nov 2016 by Unthank Books. You can listen to some of the poems from The Light Box on SoundCloud. 

26 Apr

The Beat Poets

7:30 pm

The Beat Poets was our first meeting back at the newly refurbished Helyar Arms in East Coker

Amelia Bennett and Caroline Mornement lead this meeting with a splendid mix of poetry, music and visual images.   The ‘Apple Loft’ at the Helyar Arms had recently been renovated and it was warm and welcoming – a very good evening.

Jazz or Beat  poetry is a literary genre defined as poetry necessarily informed by jazz music – that is, poetry in which the poet responds to and writes about jazz.  Jazz poetry, like music itself, encompasses a variety of forms, rhythms, and sounds.  Foot tapping stuff………


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