Archive of Past Events

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 - 7:30pm Elaine Beckett

Elaine Beckett recently won the Bridport Prize's Dorset Award. She has attended a master class at Ty Nwydd with the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and the Welsh laureate, Gillian Clarke; given readings in Bridport and Cattistock and at the New Art Gallery in Walsall and has a background in music and film. She has contributed poems to the Ty Nwydd anthology Taking Tea with Taliesen.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 7:30pm Poetry Group Dinner - guest speaker James Crowden

Our January Dinner this year featured James Crowden as our guest speaker.  Always entertaining and knowledgeable, James gave a fascinating talk about Somerset poet John Jarmain - and many other literary topics too...............

The Helyar Arms put together a special menu for this well attended event and the 'puddings' could best be described as works of art !

A very enjoyable evening.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 - 7:30pm Open Meeting

Bring some poems to read or just come and listen.

No theme, but as it is the festive season…….and did somebody say mince pies….?

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 - 7:30pm Rumi

Said to be ‘America’s most popular poet’ in 2007, the poetry of Rumi may not be familiar to many of us.  A 13th Century Persian poet, theologian and Sufi mystic, Rumi’s poetry has been translated into many languages and his worldwide influence has been considerable. 

Despite the recent flooding on roads into East Coker a good number of members came to enter the mystical world of the skittle alley at the Helyar Arms.  The evening was lead by Gaie Vickers with readings by Tilly Tremain and insights into beliefs of the Sufi sect by Simon Heathcote. 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 - 7:30pm Poetry Competition 2012

The ever popular annual poetry competition always produces a fascinating poetic mix of styles and forms. Doggerel and limericks sit side by side with haiku and sonnets.

The theme this year was ‘Postcards’ and all the competition entries were read at this meeting.

We had two judges this year, author Malcolm Welshman and artist / illustrator Lyn Milner, who talked about some of the entries that ‘caught their eye’.

First Prize  -  Annie Fisher for a trio of excellent poems - Multiple-Choice holiday postcard, Postcard from a long ago island and Slug on a postcard.

Second Prize  - Gaie Vickers for The Postcard

Third Prize  -  Jane Williams for Postcard

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 - 7:30pm Robert Browning Bicentenary

To celebrate the bicentenary of Robert Browning's birth, Anne Bingley, Charles Hatton and Sonia & Crispian Cartwright presented an excellent mix of Browning's poetry - a most enjoyable evening.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 7:30pm Poems and Places

East Coker is not the only place to be linked to a famous poem and this evening was a poetic and visual trip to those places immortalised in poetry. 

No passports, no airports queues, no traffic jams - only an interest in poetry was needed!


Tuesday, 26 June 2012 - 7:30pm Bernard Holiday

By ‘popular request’ Bernard Holiday came back to East Coker to present an excellent evening of poetry on themes of travel, night and the art of writing different forms poetry.

Bernard was a Judge for our 2010 poetry competition and has also taken part in the West Coker Poets evening here the previous year. 

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 - 7:30pm May Open Meeting

These open evenings are always popular and this May meeting was no exception.  

A wide variety of poetry was read and although there was no theme, a natural theme of poetry from abroad, or about other countries, seemed to develop.

Monday, 23 April 2012 - 7:30pm East Coker Poets at The Brympton Festival

The Brympton Festival is a new venture for Brympton House.  An extensive week of literary events was planned by the organisers.   East Coker Poetry Group members Catherine Simmonds, David Cloke and Iona Lambe performed poetry at Brympton House on Monday 23rd April in the evening.  The setting is magnificent and despite the weather there was a good attendance at this poetry reading.