Posted on May 23rd, 2018


Well here I am trying to get this new Blog page up and running – and if I fail, the answer is to fail better!

I had the great good fortune to be at the recent Shore 2 Shore event in Aldeburgh, when the venue – Aldeburgh Church – was packed for poetry readings from our three lady Laureates together with Daljit Nagra and Rebecca Goss. It was a privilege to hear Britain’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay, and Wales’ National Poet Gillian Clarke. And Rebecca, as the local (ie Suffolk) poet, gave a strong reading and held her own extremely well in such august company.

::Peter Kennedy

The day that Colchester’s Stanza Group Mosaic came to Poetrywivenhoe

At our Poetrywivenhoe event in June our guests were Colchester’s Stanza Group Mosaic, who brought with them their recent ekphrasis project. Twenty-eight partnerships had been involved in the project and at this meeting the final four partnerships presented the results of their creative exchange. Stanza Rep Sheena Clover had invited artists, including some from Cuckoo Farm Studios in Colchester, to take part with poets from Mosaic. Each artist prepared a painting to present to their poet, and each poet wrote and proffered a poem to their artist. Partners then met several times to discuss the creative process which had led to their initial work and also to share the process of response. The artists then made an art work in response to the initial poem, while the poets expressed in words their reaction to the initial artwork. After the initial exchange partners had six months to work on their response piece, and at the end of the process each partnership had four pieces of work: new artwork responding to an initial poem and a new poem responding to initial artwork . At the special event at Poetrywivenhoe the last four partnerships of the Colchester Stanza Mosaic project presented their finished work to the audience; this made for some really interesting revelations. At the end of the evening a robust Q&A session helped further to unravel some of the mysteries of the ekphrastic experience.
All the work has been compiled into a beautiful book “Stone’s Throw – art from poetry, poetry from art“ realised by Karen Dennison and which was launched at the Essex Book Festival.


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Congratulations to Pam Job who has been placed second in the prestigious Magma Poetry Competition 2017/2018. Well done Pam!


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