Although it doesn’t seem long since we ushered in last year’s poetry programme, here we are again in a new January, with our popular Home Grown evening. 3 of our members are sharing their poetry with us: Marjory Caine, Louisa Campbell and Abegail Morley. The evening will start promptly at 8.00 pm, with time for a New Year drink at the Vittle and Swig beforehand. Come along to support our readers and get us off to a rousing start in 2018!
And don’t forget, time is running out for entries to our national competition, judged this year by Helen Ivory, with a top prize of £1,000! Closing date 31st. January 2018.
We didn’t manage to book the V&S for December – it is their very busy season of course – but we have an alternative venue just off Camden Road – the Church of Christ on Commercial Road. Cliff, the Minister there, kindly said he can put out teas and coffees for us, and we are welcome to bring wine. So bring along some drink, nibbles if you want, and festive cheer!
There will be a quiz, in teams round tables, and an open mic session. We are also having a poetry book Secret Santa, so bring along a wrapped poetry book if you want to take part.
Come and join us to celebrate poetry at Christmas! Prompt start at 8.00, so you can arrive at 7.45 onwards.
Members readings and launches
We have an extremely talented membership, so several members have launches and readings in the next few weeks to which you are welcome. Coming up in November are:
Saturday November 4th – Against the Grain Launch, Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX
A new press set up by Abegail Morley, Jess Mookherjee and Karen Dennison has its launch, with reading from its first pamphlet by Anna Kisby, and additional readings by Sarah James, Sean Magnus Martin and Jane Lovell.
Thursday 9th November – Louisa Campbell’s new pamphlet, Happy Bus, launching at the Javabean Cafe at 8pm which also features readings by Ira Lightman and John McCullough
Tuesday 14th November – Caroline Price’s new collection is being launched by Shoestring Press at 8pm at Tonbridge Old Fire Station, TN9 1BH, also featuring readings by Hubert Moore and Mary Gurr.
Thursday 16th November – Steve Walter’s London launch of When the Change Came, which will be 8pm at the Poetry Cafe (as above), with music by Steve Antioni and more poetry by John Paul O’Neil.
Wednesday 29th November – Abegail Morley’s launch of her new collection In the Curator’s Hands, 7:30pm at the Vittle & Swig, with additional readings by Sara Barnsley and Jill Munro.
Linda Black and Kay Syrad are the double bill starters for our new year at Kent and Sussex Poetry Society. We also have our new venue to look forward to – the Vittle and Swig in Camden Road (TN1 2PT) which we hope will provide a more vibrant atmosphere for our guests and members. Come along and let us know what you think. There is a bar, and we hope you will arrive at 7.45 for a chat and mingle before the readers start. Enjoy new beginnings, as summer draws to a close!