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UPDATED 27 September 2016

Poetrywivenhoe was established in 2007.
On the fourth Thursday of each month we have readings by established poets, as well as highly accomplished contributions at the popular ‘Out of the Hat’ Open Mic session .

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


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Words from the Edge and other Drosscapes

At our next event on 27 October, Alan Hockett (photographer) and Judith Wolton (poet) will present a talk, slide show and poetry reading, from their recent book which explores some of the edgelands of Essex using pinhole photography and poetry.  There will be a short introduction to pinhole photography, which produces evocative images, responded to with poetry.

This interesting project will be followed up by recent poetry from our colleague Peter Ulric Kennedy, and by the popular Out of the Hat Open Mic session.

“Words from the Edge and other Drosscapes”
Thursday 27 October 2016, 7.30 for 8.00pm

at the Royal British Legion, Wivenhoe Quay
£5.00 at the door


Our joint event with the Suffolk Poetry Society last night (22 September) was a brilliant occasion. Our guests from SPS are accomplished readers, and the poems of their Chair, Florence Cox, in particular were scintillating and amusing. Our own Out of the Hat volunteers from the floor produced some great work. Putting on the Open Mic segment can be a bit like walking a tightrope: there’s no vetting beforehand, but house rules have helped – use the microphone, keep the waffle short and keep poems to 30-40 lines (I recently send out the advice to “keep your poems down to 30-40 words” but was quickly taken to task about that). We would still like our Out of the Hatters to sit a bit nearer the front!

So: the evening was a success and I hope we’ll be doing something like that again in the future.

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 of the book will be available then. More details later.

Another really important event for us this autumn will be “Poetry in Aldeburgh 2016” which is a new venture rising from the ashes of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Poetrywivenhoe will be there, at the Peter Pears Gallery on Sunday 5 November at 10.00-11.00am, showcasing our several publications, and we hope you will be able to join us.

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News of recent poem successes is on our Poetry page.

PLUS Pam Job has won (again) the Crabbe Memorial Competition. As Anne Boileau comments “There’s no stopping her!” Well done Pam! (see our Poetry page for placings)

Antony Johae’s 2015 collection Poems of the East is reviewed in London Grip. See: http://londongrip.co.uk/2016/08/london-grip-poetry-review-johae/

Powiv at Aldeburgh
yes, we’ll be making our presence felt at “Poetry in Aldeburgh” this November, when Poetrywivenhoe will be reading in the Peter Pears Gallery, Sunday 6 Nov. 10.00-11.00am, showcasing our own Powiv publications.

Here’s the link: goo.gl/ALvnM6

and another one: www.poetryinaldeburgh.org

We’ll keep you well informed !


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