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UPDATED 22 October 2016

Since our inception in 2007, Poetrywivenhoe has presented readings by established poets and, as well, the popular ‘Out of the Hat’ Open Mic session, on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Poetrywivenhoe is an open event, you don’t need club membership, just pay at the door.
Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe.


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Words from the Edge and other Drosscapes

On 27 October, Alan Hockett (photographer) and Judith Wolton (poet) will present a slide show and poetry reading exploring some of the edgelands of Essex.  

This interesting project will be followed by poetry from Peter Ulric Kennedy, and of course there will be the popular Out of the Hat Open Mic session.

Thursday 27 October 2016, 7.30 for 8.00pm
at the Royal British Legion, Wivenhoe Quay
£5.00 at the door


Mike Harwood invites you to take part in our next Poetrywivenhoe workshop, coming up in November: COUNTRYSIDE AND THE IMAGINATION – see our Workshops page for details


An important event next month: “Poetry in Aldeburgh 2016” and Poetrywivenhoe will be there, at the Peter Pears Gallery on Sunday 5 November at 10.00-11.00am. We are showcasing our Powiv publications, and we hope you will be able to join us.
Here’s the link: goo.gl/ALvnM6
and another one: www.poetryinaldeburgh.org
We’ll keep you well informed !


The Poetrywivenhoe/Mosaic collection “Ornith-ology – the poetry of birds” has now been published; a beautiful booklet designed and produced by Karen Dennison. We’ll be launching it at the RBL on Thursday 24 November, and copies will be available then. More details later.


Antony Johae invites you to readings from his collection Poems of the East, to take place on Sunday 23 October at the Quaker Meeting House in Church Street, Colchester. Readings will be from 12.00 noon to 1.00pm, followed by Lebanese refreshments. Entry and refreshments are free.
Takings from sales of Poems of the East (£10.00 per copy) will be donated to Fresh Beginnings – a voluntary organisation based in Colchester, providing practical help to refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers around Essex, and helping refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq to settle in the area. Donations to Fresh Beginnings would be gratefully received.


(see our Poems page for details)

Pam Job and Peter Ulric Kennedy both have poems in the Autumn number of London Grip New Poetry – see: http://londongrip.co.uk/2016/09/london-grip-new-poetry-autumn-2016/

Bryan Thomas has won First Prize in the Friends of Lowestoft Library Creative Writing Competition 2016.

Eliza Kentridge has won (jointly with Nkosinathi Sithole) the prestigious UJ Debut Prize.

Pam Job has won, for the second time, the Crabbe Memorial Competition 2016 and had a second poem commended. Congratulations, Pam. PLUS Pam’s poem ‘Towards Silence’ is one of ten commended poems in this year’s Stanza Poetry Competition (no mean feat).

The launch of Anne Boileau’s new novel Katharina Luther at Red Lion Books, Colchester, went very well. Anne has had a whole page about her novel in the October 3-9 2016 number of The Big Issue (p32).


Simon’s Poem-a-thon for Medecins sans Frontieres at Walthamstow

Poetrywivenhoe supporter Simon Banks tells us “I’m taking part in this Poem-a-thon (nonstop poetry reading) for Medecins sans Frontières, through Justgiving in Walthamstow on 12 November. Here is the link:


Medecins sans Frontieres help refugees and other people in desperate need. I hope you will be able to support this cause and back me with a bit of money!

Thanks, Simon”


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