|Tuesday, 26 April 2016 - 7:30pm||The Beat Poets||
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.........
|Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 7:30pm||Re-Launch at St Michael's Church, East Coker||
This re-launch was quite an evening - plenty of poetry and a buffet !
Excellent poetry from :-
Wells Fountain Poets:-
Ama Bolton, Morag Kiziewicz, Jinny Fisher and Sara Butler
Elaine Beckett, Kate Hall, Maya Pieris, Geraldine Rennison and Lisa Storm-Olsen
West Coker Poets:-
Roger Iredale, Gaie Vickers, Janet Lailey and Stella Davis
East Coker Poets:-
Catherine Simmonds, Heather Murphy, Margaret Hamilton and Iona Lambe
The Helyar Arms is under new management and Patrick and Clare are keen to have poetry back at the Helyar but unfortunately the refurbishment was not completed in time for this meeting and so the venue was St Michael's Church in East Coker
|Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 7:30pm||Dawn Gorman at The Red House||
Tuesday 9th February Dawn Gorman at the Red House £2 entrance
Dawn Gorman believes poetry should be everywhere. She uses it to work with people with memory loss, facilitates writing workshops, organises poetry events and runs international poetry competitions. She is widely published, has performed on radio and in New York, Paris, London - and lots of smaller places in between.
Note the Venue is The Red House, 1 mile South of Yeovil on the A37 towards Dorchester
|Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 6:45pm||Eat Coker - at the Red House||
Meeting at the Red House on the Dorchester Road, 1 mile South of Yeovil.
£2 entrance (to cover room hire)
Eat Coker A two part meeting
Tuesday 24th November
For those who would like to come early and discuss our future meetings we will be meeting at 6.45pm for a meal in the function room at the Red House. Come and have your say - or just enjoy a good meal with good company! Please let me know if you would like to eat so that I can give the Red House an idea of the number eating. Sample menu and prices on the Red House website.
For anyone who would like to come for just the poetry, we aim to have an Open Meeting starting at about 8.15pm after the meal. Come and read you own poems or any poem you happen to like - or just come and listen.
|Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 7:30pm||Poetry Competition Evening 2015||
The competition evening took place on Tuesday 27th October at our new venue for the evening 'The Red House' on the A37 1 mile South of Yeovil. We had to switch venue at short notice due to the closure of the Helyar Arms. It was a well attended and enjoyable meeting with the pictures featured by the poems projected onto a screen. Several members of the Yeovil Art Group also attended as their pictures were featured in the competition poems. Our judge, artist Jane MacKey, gave an excellent resume of the 10 top poems. The competition winner was Juliet Lacey with her poem "Autimn walk : Charcoal"- see our competitions page.
|Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 7:30pm||A reading by Stephen Boyce||
Stephen Boyce has been widely published in magazines, journals and online and has won a number of awards including the Kent & Sussex Poetry Competition and the Leicester Poetry Competition. He has two collections to his name, Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010) and The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014)as well as the pamphlets In the Northland (TegArt 2011) and Something Persists (TegArt 2014). His work has been described as “intelligent,sophisticated and formally-assured…” and “... poignant, exquisitely phrased poems full of thoughtful observations of everyday life in which he makes unexpected connections.” He is a founding trustee of Winchester Poetry Festival and co-directed the first festival.
|Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 7:30pm||Alun Lewis||
Juliet lacey leads this celebration of the work of Welsh poet Alun Lewis.
|Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 7:30pm||Summer Open Evening||
Informal, impromptu, inviting, in the apple loft. Just bring some poems to read.
|Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 7:30pm||May Open Evening||
Bring some poems to read or just come and listen. These open evenings are always popular.
|Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 7:30pm||Kate Scott||
Poet and Writer Kate Scott came to East Coker and had put together a fascinating workshop style meeting that had the group thinking hard about the featured poems. A most interesting evening.