Archive of Past Events

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 - 7:30pm A Quartet

Iona Lambe, Peter Tait, Stephen Beer and Catherine Simmonds each present a short reading of their personal choice of poetry.

This is likely to be a very interesting mix of poetry.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 - 7:30pm The Poems of Larkin and Betjeman - Two Sides of an English Coin

Philip Larkin and John Betjeman are quintessentially English poets who are often regarded as reflecting different aspects of twentieth-century Britain.
Jem Langworthy presents this evening and is of the view that their personalities and poetry - though at odds in many respects - have more in common than one might imagine. Listen to the poetry and see what you think.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 - 7:30pm Summer Open Evening

Bring a couple of poems to read – or just come and listen and be entertained by the variety of poetry that always makes these evenings popular.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 - 7:30pm The English River (Note- booking required for this event)

Virginia Astley has chosen the River Thames for her latest collection of poetry.  A much admired songwriter and musician since the 1980s, Virginia is known for her engaging lyrics as well as for her melodious style.   Now her other two passions take centre stage in this book: poetry and the River Thames. She grew up by the river’s upper reaches and in recent years has returned to the Thames, working for a summer as an assistant lock-keeper, and walking its length to record and respond to its landscapes, river life and river folk as a poet and photographer.

She will be reading from this collection with harp accompaniment.

This meeting will take the form of a ‘sit-down’ meal; the poetry and music intertwined between the courses.  Booking will be required as we are limited in numbers and the cost will be £16-00 a head.  Details of the menu and how to book will be given in the next Newsletter or email via this website contact page.


Tuesday, 30 April 2019 - 7:30pm Leonard Cohen - the Man, his Life and Poetry

Leonard Cohen was a poet and novelist before he became a singer. 

This evening tries to encapsulate this and present some of his beautiful poems and lyrics.

The evening will be lead by Heather Murphy.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - 7:30pm Open Evening

Bring a couple of poems to read.  Read your own or any poem you feel will interest the group.

Or just come and listen.  These open evenings are always popular.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 7:30pm Sounding the Silence - R S Thomas

Sounding the Silence with R S Thomas.  A talk by John Summers

R S Thomas was a Welsh Poet and Priest.   John Summers will be exploring how he interpreted silence in his poetry, focusing particularly on the silence of place, the silence of self and the silence of God.

He will explore how R S Thomas found redemption in the menace and danger of quietness and absence.

A poet for difficult times like ours.                 


Tuesday, 29 January 2019 - 7:30pm Guest Poets Reading - Elizabeth Parker and Luke Palmer

Two Bristol poets, Elizabeth Parker and Luke Palmer, are coming to East Coker to read.  Both poets are recently published;  Luke Palmer was the winner of this year’s Prole Pamphlet Competition for Spring in the Hospital, and Elizabeth Parker has had her debut collection In her Shambles published in 2018.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - 7:30pm Christmas Open Evening

Christmas Open Evening


Ho! Ho! Ho!  This is the time to bring some really highbrow poetry (like limericks) to add to the festive season. 

Come and read your own poetry or something by any poet that you think will entertain the group – or just come and eat mince pies………

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 7:30pm Different approaches to women poets

2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which first gave women the right to vote.

Chris Salberg and Margaret Hamilton have put together this evening on their personal view of women’s poetry.