Archive of Past Events

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 7:00pm A Walk, a Picnic and Poetry

This is a three part meeting and you can come to all or whichever part of the evening suits.


At 7.00pm Heather Murphy will be taking us on a short (half an hour) and informative amble around some parts of the village of East Coker starting at ‘The Paddock’.  'The Paddock' is the triangle of grass and specimen trees on the left of the road up towards the Church before the Alms houses.

The walk will finish in ‘The Paddock’ by the Church where, having worked up an appetite, we can eat any sandwiches and refreshments we have brought.

At about 8.00pm we will head for the Helyar Arms and continue the evening with an ‘open evening’ of poetry on any subject you wish, although poems on a ‘summers evening’ would be very apt.  Poems with the words ‘hail’ and ‘floods’ in their title are specifically banned.............

Obviously if rain and storms threaten to turn The Paddock into a lake we will head for the Helyar Arms at 7.00pm so keep an eye on the forecast.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - 7:30pm Publishing a Poetry Collection

Douglas Walker from the Self Publishing Partnership in Bath talked about publishing a poetry collection. 

Seeing your work in print is quite a thrill……

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 7:30pm Avia - Poems with Birds - A dinner at the Helyar Arms

This was a ‘sit down’ meal in the Apple Loft restaurant at the Helyar Arms with poetry by Catherine Simmonds who gave an excellent selection of atmospheric poems based on the theme of birds.  The whole evening was a delight and the Helyar Arms rose to the occasion with speedy service and a tasty meal.   By donations for her poetry booklets, Catherine raised £70 for the charity Mary's Meals that provides school dinners to children in need in many countries.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 7:30pm The Sherborne Poets

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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 7:30pm Greek Evening

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. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 7:30pm January Open Meeting

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.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 7:30pm Annie Fisher

 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

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - 7:30pm Competition Evening

‘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

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 7:30pm Kate Scott

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

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 - 7:30pm T S Eliot Evening

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.