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)

Our amazing anthology for a good cause!

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Turning poetry into money –
supporting Colchester’s Cancer Centre Campaign.

poetrywivenhoe is putting on an extra special event on Thursday 23 July, 7.30 for 8.00pm at the Royal British Legion in Wivenhoe, to raise funds for the Cancer Centre Campaign. We are expecting a sparkling programme of readings from guest poets and from our own local readers, showcasing the new anthology of poetry. Titled ‘Days begin..’, from the poem of that name by Penelope Shuttle, it is a collection of 42 poems, donated in support of the Campaign by former guest readers at poetrywivenhoe. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has warmly endorsed the anthology, saying: “A wonderful project with some stunning poems by some of our brightest talents.”

The proceedings will be introduced by Sir John Ashworth, Chairman of the Campaign, to be followed by readings galore from the anthology. As it is a fundraising evening, it will be a TICKETED EVENT. So if you are hoping to come, do book early to make sure you do not miss this special event.

Tickets at £7.50 are now available from Wivenhoe Bookshop. You may book by phone (01206 824050) and collect them, and pay, at the door. All proceeds go to the Cancer Centre Campaign.


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Suffolk Poets invite you to an Evening of Poetry and Music at Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust in Hasketon IP13 6JP (near Woodbridge) on Friday 3rd July at 7:15 for 7:30.
A host of poets, folk singers, musicians, a storyteller and bagpipes will give you enjoyment in this 120 acres of natural beauty also known as Secret Meadows.
Come early and bring a picnic and walk in the meadows and woods of natural beauty. Please come and partake of the entertainment and the land. For further information contact Kaaren Whitney who has been Poet in Residence there for the past year.

latest poetry successes

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The Second Light anthology Fanfare features Judith Wolton’s poem Gannet and Pam Job’s poem On the piercing silence of women.

Rosie Sandler and Rebecca Goss each have a poem in The Emma Press Anthology of Dance which came out last month.
Rosie’s poem is ‘Breathing Underwater’ and Rebecca’s poem is ‘Loco Motion’. Martin Malone also features in the anthology, with ‘Mic-ing the Kit’ (he’s an accomplished sound technician).

More poetry successes

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Both Pam Job and Antony Johae have poems published this month in London Grip – find them at

Pam’s two poems also appear in her new pamphlet now the dancing is done – see more in our Collections page.