Future Events

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 - 7:30pm Hourglass - Readings from the Coasts of Britain by Edward Hawkinge

Hourglass is a poetry reading, to entertain, to stimulate, to give witness and testimony to the hard lives of sailors in war and peace.
A speaking of sea verse, written by Edward Hawkinge

“In the glass, and on the bays,
It’s bare feet, for tales told,
on the wind”

The poems, like the sea, will take you through many moods and many climes; from Cromer Pier to Jutland; from Hispaniola, to Dunkirk.

Edward Hawkinge was born in Folkestone and educated at the University of Essex. His inspiration is the shingle and the sky of the East Coast, together with the experiences of his family down the generations; in the Southern Oceans; the North Atlantic and the Channel Trade.

Edward believes poetry is for everyone. “Hourglass” is as entertaining as a shanty or a horn pipe, but also, bears witness to, and commemorates, the lives of ordinary sailors, in peace and war.

“Hourglass” is not to be missed.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - 7:30pm Winter Open Evening 2018

A meeting open to anyone to read a poem or two.  Bring some poems to read or just come and listen and enjoy the ambiance.

These meetings are always popular

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - 7:30pm Walking Wounded: The Poetry of Vernon Scannell (1922–2007)

As with many poets before and since, Scannell’s prize-winning poetry – which covered topics ranging from love, war, ageing, fear, remorse, and even verse for children – seems to have sprung from the fertile soil of a disturbed and damaged life. Yet his verse, greatly admired by the likes of Seamus Heaney, is written in an accessible style, often laced with an engaging dry humour. 

Jem Langworthy, who copy-edited his biography for Oxford University Press, presents an evening about this British poet and author.