Reading by Danielle Hope

The Society is fortunate to be hosting a reading by the major poet, Danielle Hope, at the Camden Centre on Thursday 18 October.

Danielle Hope has published four books of poetry – City FoxThe Stone Ship, Giraffe under a Grey Sky, and newly out, Mrs Uomo’ Yearbook – all with Rockingham Press.

She is also published in a joint book of poetry and art,  Fairground of Madness, also by Rockingham Press.

Her work has appeared widely in magazines and newspapers.


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Danielle Hope



On October 18th. 2016 our visiting poet will be Danielle Hope.

Danielle has published four books of poetry – City FoxThe Stone Ship, Giraffe under a Grey Sky, and  Mrs Uomo’ Yearbook – all with Rockingham Press.  She is also published in a joint book of poetry and art,  Fairground of Madness, also by Rockingham Press, and her work has appeared widely in magazines and newspapers.  She translates Italian poetry, especially Eugenio Montale and Giovanni Pascoli.

She founded and edited Zenos, a magazine of British and International Poetry, edited the work of the Turkish poet, Feyyaz Fergar, was a Trustee of Survivors Poetry, is editorial advisor for the Literary Magazine, Acumen and helps in the Torbay Poetry Festival.

Her latest book Mrs Uomo’s Yearbook  is highlighted by the Poetry Book Society. It explores diverse modern and ancient worlds.  Some of her poems have been set to music, most recently the title poem of City Fox with music by James Harris and recently launched on Amazon.

We hope you will join us at 8.00pm in the Camden Centre to enjoy Danielle’s poetry.

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September 2016 – Mark Waldron

The summer is hurrying by, but our autumn season is starting with summer weather  still with us, and a welcome to Mark Waldron as our first guest reader.

Mark Waldron was born in New York in 1960 and grew up in London. He works in the advertising business and lives in East London with his wife and son. He began writing poetry in his early 40s. He published two collections with Salt, The Brand New Dark (2008) and The Itchy Sea (2011), and his third collection, Meanwhile, Trees, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016.

“Mark Waldron is like a magpie picking super-sophisticated mixtures of gold and dross from an immense linguistic landfill”  (The Guardian)


The evening begins at 8.00 pm, with an Open mic, so bring along those special poems for us to share.

See you on September 20th!  New members always welcome – come and meet us!

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Poetry Competition: First prize – £1000

The Society’s 2016/17 Open Poetry Competition is now open for entries. The adjudicator is Catherine Smith.

First Prize is £1000, and there are six other prizes. Closing date is 31 January 2017. You can enter on line or by post. Click on the Competition tab above for more details.

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Julian Stannard in June

Julian Stannard

Poet Details

On Tuesday 21st June we welcome Julian Stannard to the Camden Centre. Julian currently teaches at the University of Winchester. He writes for several national newspapers and his poems have won many prizes. To date he has four collections of his poetry.  His most recent collections include The Street of Perfect Love (Worple Press, 2014) and The Parrots of Villa Gruber Discover Lapis Lazuli(Salmon Poetry, 2011). He has written a study of Basil Bunting which was published by Northcote House in 2014.

There will be our regular open-mic spot at the start of the evening. Please bring along a poem. The meeting begins at 8pm.


Advance notice: the meeting on Tuesday 19th July will take place in Flimwell and will feature work from the collaborative poetry/art project Lace by Susan Wicks and Elizabeth Clayman.



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Congratulations to Phil Vernon!

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Phil is this year’s winner of the Keith Francis Bowl.  You will be able to read his winning poem in the Society’s Folio, which will be published later this year, along with the winning poems from our National Competition and the other members’ poems selected for the Folio by Nicholas Bielby.

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Nicholas Bielby and Folio Results

On Tuesday, 17th. Mbielbyay at 8 pm, Nicholas Bielby will announce the poems he has selected for inclusion in this year’s Folio before reading from his own poems.  If the writers of the chosen poems are present, they will be asked to read them, so we will have a variety of poetry for this popular annual event.

Prizewinning Nicholas is Editor of the excellent Pennine Platform as well as a poet in his own right. He has spent his life in education, both at home and abroad.  His latest book of poetry is The Naming of Things (Poetry Salzburg 2015).

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