Archive of Past Events

Sunday, 29 May 2011 - 2:00pm T S Eliot Modern Poetry Day

The afternoon of Sunday 29th May saw the Garden at Naish Priory opened for a 'T.S.Eliot Modern Poetry Day', promoted by the East Coker Preservation Trust. Talks and readings linked to T.S.Eliot took place during the afternoon, where the combination of poetry, picnics and the delightful garden at Naish Priory made this a splendid and memorable 'outside' event.  The garden was open by kind permission of Dr and Mrs John Fysh. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 - 7:30pm Oddments of Eliot

What better place to hear some T.S.Eliot read than East Coker itself. Eliot was voted Englands most popular poet in 2010. His poetry is variously described as brilliant, obscure, tantalising or impenetrable. Whatever your view, the mix of some of his poetry, plus the announcement of the format of this year's poetry writing competition, made this a most enjoyable evening.   Readers were Ian White, John Darling, Richard Vanderpump and Jean Caunter with Clive and Anne Bingley linking the readings'.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 - 7:30pm Julia Copus

We left before I had time
To comfort you, to tell you that we nearly touched………..
So starts Julia Copus' most famous poem, The Back Seat of My Mother's Car.
There are few poets who can claim to have invented a new form of poetry, but the specular poems of Julia Copus are just that.  Her poetry is intimate, gripping, sometimes claustrophobic, but modern poetry at its best.
Winner of the most recent Forward Prize for a single poem, Julia Copus is a rising star of poetry, and a radio dramatist for the BBC.  We were fortunate that she came to East Coker to read some of her poems and take part in a 'question and answer' session afterwards.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 - 7:30pm Anything for a Laugh

Rhymes, limericks and amusing verse or worse were read.  Poems by Pam Ayers and Ogden Nash and many others that you thought you could never possibly hear at a poetry meeting all added to the laughter !

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 - 7:30pm No Contest!

 Ian White introduces some poems by Bob Dylan and some by John Keats.  Are there similarities?  Intrigued?  Come and hear what Ian has to say ................

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 - 7:30pm Christmas Open Evening

Poetry and mince pies - this was a great start to the festive season.
Despite the cold weather and a hastily changed venue from the Apple Loft at the Helyar Arms to the skittle alley, poems were read and mince pies eaten!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 7:30pm Siegfried Sassoon

We were fortunate to host a talk by Dennis Silk, who was a friend of the poet Siegfried Sassoon for many years from the 1950s until Sassoon's death in 1967.  A schoolmaster by profession, Dennis Silk shared Sassoon's interest in cricket and indeed became President of the MCC.  Dennis assisted with the BBC programme 'Siegfried Sassoon: a Friend', having made several recordings of the poet reading his own work.  Copies of these tapes were available with the proceeds going to charity.  This was a very interesting and well attended evening.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 - 6:30pm 2010 Poetry Competition

The subject this year was 'East Coker' and a new format for the competition meeting saw three judges giving their thoughts and insights into the entries.  The judges this year were - Liz Pike of the Yeovil Community Arts Association,  Bernard Holiday of the West Coker Poetry Group and Yeovil Poet John Hawkhead who all gave excellent comments and feedback on the entries.
A lively meeting finally announced the 4 winners, Amelia Bennett, Heather Murphy, David Cloke and Julie Mulder.
All the winning poems appear on our 'Competition' page

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - 6:30pm East meets West

Six poets from West Coker boldly crossed the border into East Coker to present their poetry.  Roger Iredale, Janet Lailey, Bernard Holiday, Anna Webb, Chris Hudson and led by Stella Davis, this was a great showcase for local poetry in South Somerset.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010 - 6:30pm Inspired by Artists

A feast for the senses with a mix of the visual and poetic, this evening blended poetry and art and was presented by Caroline Mornement, with the poetry read by Gaie Vickers, Trevor Peacock, Tilly Tremayne and David Cloke.