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The events for the Christmas and New Year season are listed below.  We hope you will come along to the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells for some more enjoyable evenings of poetry with the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society.   See you soon!

Tuesday 15th December – poetry quiz and social evening

Tuesday 19th January – our regular New Year triple bill, this time featuring Chris Renshaw, Phil Vernon & Jess Mookherjee.

Tuesday 16th February – reading by Luke Kennard following an open-mic session.

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Annie Freud November 17th. 2015

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Annie Freud

We are very fortunate to have as our next guest at the Camden Centre the poet Annie Freud.  Annie Freud has a background rich in creativity.  She is the daughter of the painter, Lucian Freud; her maternal grandfather was the sculptor, Sir Jacob Epstein, and her great-grandfather was Sigmund Freud. She grew up in London and graduated in English and European Literature at the University of Warwick.

Her pamphlet, A Voids Officer Achieves the Tree Pose, was published by Donut Press in 2006. Her first full collection, The Best Man Who Ever Was (Picador, 2007), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Mirabelles (Picador, 2010) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.  Her third, The Remains, is published by Picador (June 2015).

Come along and join us at 8.00 pm on  the 17th for a splendid evening of contemporary poetry!

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Simon Barraclough gave us a very entertaining and inspiring reading this month.  What a brilliant way for us to start off the poetry society year!

There is a change next month, as our invited reader for October has had to cancel, but instead we are delighted to present 3 of our successful poetry society members who have publications out this year – Mara Bergman, Graham Mummery and Jill Munro.


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Come along and join us, and don’t forget to purchase your copy of this year’s folio, containing two valuable adjudication reports as well as a fascinating variety of poetry, including our national competition prizewinners’ poems, all for just £3.  An ideal Christmas or birthday present for poetry lovers!

The new publications:

Meeting My Inners by Graham Mummery (Pindrop Press)

The Tailor’s Three Sons & Other New York Poems by Mara Bergman (Seren Books) – which won the 2014 Mslexia Women’s Poetry Pamphlet Competition!

The Man From La Paz by Jill Munro (Green Bottle Press)

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New season starts!

It’s still summer, with warm temperatures outside, and hopefully they will stay high into September, when our new season starts!

We open on Tuesday 15th September with a reading by Simon Barraclough, a first visit to the K&S from this much talked about writer. Simon’s second collection Los Alamos Mon Amour was short listed for a Forward prize. As usual the meeting will be at the Camden Centre, beginning at 8pm and will start with a short open-mic session, so bring along your poem to share.

Simon was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire to an Irish mother and a Yorkshire father. His  debut collection, Los Alamos Mon Amour , was published by Salt in 2008 and was short-listed for a Forward prize. Since then he has published Bonjour Tetris with Penned in the Margins and his second full collection from Salt, Neptune Blue, came out in 2011.

He enjoys developing live, multi-media events, including Psycho Poetica and The Debris Field. You can learn a little more about all these books and events by visiting his website. Sample poems are scattered throughout.

His latest collection is called Sunspots and is published by Penned in the Margins. Sunspots is a book-length sequence ‘about’ the Sun and largely from the Sun’s point of view. It is the result of four years of research and travel and intense contemplation of our local star. Working with Penned, he has created a live show based on the book and  will be touring around the UK from October 2015. Local venues are 23 NOV FOLKESTONE Book Festival  and 7 DEC LONDON Kings Place.

For your diary:

20th October – AGM and a reading by Martina Evans

17 November – reading from Annie Freud (plus open-mic)

15 December – Christmas event including a poetry quiz

19 January 2016 – three poets: Chris Renshaw, Phil Vernon, Jess Mookherjee

16 February – open-mic and a reading by Luke Kennard

As well as all this there is our open poetry competition, closing date 31st January 2016 with £1600 of prizes and judged this year by Anne-Marie Fyfe.

The busy and successful lives of our member poets this season also start with the launch of a first full collection from Graham Mummery entitled Meeting My Inners and published by Pindrop Press. Graham will be giving a reading from the book and copies will be on sale at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street in London on Thursday 17th September. The evening begins at 7 pm and all are welcome, so do come to support him.

Members’ workshops will also be taking place again at our monthly sessions.

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Summer break

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society year ended on Tuesday 21st. July with the annual Open Air meeting on Southborough Common.  Meanwhile, news from our members:

Jill Munro


has launched her first collection Man from La Paz with Green Bottle Press;

Abegail Morley has brought out a pamphlet The Memory of Water with Indigo Dreams Publishing;

Caroline Price


was named as the runner-up for the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon short story award;

Mara Bergman


has continued her success this year with her win in our Folio Competition.

Congratulations to all.

The Folio will be available next month.  It contains all the prizewinning poems from our Open Competition, the poems selected for the Folio, and adjudication reports from both judges that provide insights into the judging process.  It is excellent value at only £3.

Our judge for the Open Competiton next year will be Anne-Marie Fyfe.

Watch this space and enjoy the summer!

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Open Poetry Competition, 2016

Our Annual Open Poetry Competition is now open.

First Prize: £1000 plus 6 other prizes.

Click on the tab above for details.

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New programme: Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016

Click on the tab above for our exciting new programme.

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