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poetrywivenhoe was established in 2007. 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).
poetrywivenhoe is a regular feature in the Essex Poetry Festival (see link).
And we arrange occasional poetry workshops

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The launch of ‘Days begin..’

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It was an exceptional evening at the RBL, and we had a capacity audience. Complimentary drinks were served on arrival – a good start to the evening. Sir John Ashworth, Chairman of the Cancer Centre Campaign, gave a moving introduction and explained the reason for the need to raise funds for the Centre. Sir John’s quote in the front of the anthology is “It’s about quality of life”. The Editor of ‘Days begin..’ thanked Sir John, he thanked his colleagues John Wallett, Sue Finn and Barbara Peirson, he thanked his friends in poetrywivenhoe, and he thanked his everloving wife for her staunch support.

Seven of the contributing poets came to the launch to read their poems – in order of appearance Rebecca Goss, Andrea Porter, Adrian May, Martin Newell, Les Bell, Derek Adams and André Mangeot. And a dozen local poetrywivenhoe readers were there to read on behalf of contributors who had been unable to attend. The poems in the collection are already of the highest quality; the Editor has no hesitation in saying that the readers were all quite brilliant; the poems really came alive as a result of their excellent interpretations.

What a success it was! The Editor went home a happy man.

“Days begin..’ can be ordered from the Wivenhoe Bookshop 01206 824050. DO BUY IT – each sale will generate income for the Campaign. At present the anthology is also available at Red Lion Books in Colchester.
(BTW we now have a poetrywivenhoe Facebook page, which is looked after by Alex Toms)

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