Archive of Past Events

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 - 7:30pm 2011 Summer Open Evening

These open evenings are an opportunity to hear both new poetry and old favourites in a live reading event that is open for anyone to come along and take part. No theme - just bring some poems.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 - 7:30pm Bridport Poets Live

Bridport has a lively arts scene out of all proportion to the size of the town. This was an excellent, lively evening given by several of the 'Bridport Poets', including Kim Squirrel, Gill Capper, Andrew Dickson Sweetpea Slight and Ellie Madden.  A 'poetry happening' is a good way to describe their varied styles and a splendid showcase for modern poetry.  

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 - 7:30pm Poets Laureate

There have been many Poet Laureates over the years - but can you name but a few? This was a chance to fill the gaps and learn something of the lesser known, as well as the more famous, Poets Laureate.

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.