Archive of Past Events

Tuesday, 23 October 2007 - 7:30pm 2007 Poetry Competition

Poetry on the subject of  “Weather” . The judge was last year’s winner Jane Williams, from Wells.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007 - 7:30pm Give me a home among the gum trees

Sue McKerracher presented Poetry with an Australian theme + Australian Poets Live

Tuesday, 21 August 2007 - 7:30pm Tennyson Evening

Our second outside event, opportunity for a group photo. Photographic theme centred on the work of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Tuesday, 3 July 2007 - 6:30pm American poetry

"A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon ..."  There is more to American poetry than Dangerous Dan McGrew.  On the eve of American Independence Day, John Darling hosts this evening of American poetry.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007 - 7:30pm Flora poetica

Jean Caunter presented her selection of poetry spanning the floral world. This was a varied and lively collection ranging from John Clare to Sylvia Plath.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007 - 7:30pm Open Evening

People brought their own poems to read, or read their favourite poems, or just came and listened. There was no theme, so this was a poetry ‘Happening’.

Tuesday, 27 March 2007 - 7:30pm Fire River Poets

The Fire River Poets from Taunton came to East Coker for this meeting. John Stuart and Anthony Watts from this group were already well known to the East Coker Poetry Group having read poetry at our Poetry Summer Evening. Anthony Watts’ poem ‘Blackberries’ won second prize in our poetry competition this year.

Saturday, 24 March 2007 - 7:30pm T.S. Eliot Public Lecture

Although not organised by the East Coker Poetry Group, this public lecture by The Rev. Dr. Peter Mullen was of great interest and was attended by many members of our group. Peter Mullen is Rector of St Michael’s Cornhill, London and is a regular columnist for the Times, The Sunday Telegraph and Spectator Magazine as well a contributor to radio 4. He has also published several books on theology, philosophy and politics and also a number of novels. He is a lifelong Eliot devotee and enthusiast.

Tuesday, 20 February 2007 - 7:30pm Maiden Newton Ecliptic

Virginia Astley and her daughter Florence presented a poem set with a harp accompaniment, based on a twenty-four hour walk around the village of Maiden Newton near Dorchester.

Tuesday, 23 January 2007 - 7:30pm Night of Winter Warmth

An evening of poetry, supper and conviviality in the Apple Loft Restaurant.