Happy New Year! New Venue! Home-grown talent!

We are starting our 2019 programme with our popular annual event with three of our own members reading, and the splendid line-up on January 15th. at 8.00 pm comprises Susan Wicks, Mara Bergman and David Hensley, our very own Chair!

Susan Wicks                                      Mara Bergman                                                David Hensley,  (R) with Clive Eastwood

 

We are also celebrating our first meeting in our new venue, the Vale Vaults, below The Bedford, and opposite Tunbridge Wells Station, on the corner of the High Street.

Susan Wicks has won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, the Scott-Moncrieff Prize and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and been short-listed for the T.S.Eliot Prize, the Forward Poetry Prize, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has had seven collections of poetry published by Faber & Faber and by Bloodaxe. She has also published two novels with Faber & Faber.
Mara Bergman has won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition and the Templar Quarterly Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in many magazines including Acumen, Ambit, Oxford Poetry, and The Rialto ,as well as in various anthologies. In 2018 she published her first full-length collection, The Disappearing Room, as well as her latest illustrated children’s book, The Tall Man and the Small Mouse.
David Hensley has had poems published in  magazines, including Agenda and Calliope, and the  Paper Swans Press anthology Best of British, 2017. His poems have inspired paintings by local artists including Chris Burke and Lucy Clayton.

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New Year! New Programme! New Venue!

Check out our exciting new programme (monthly meetings tab) And please note – we are moving to a new venue: The Bedford pub in Tunbridge Wells. Opposite the station and on the corner with the High Street.

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Paul McGrane

 

Paul McGrane

NB CHANGE OF VENUE THIS MONTH

This month  we have pleasure in welcoming Paul McGrane.  For this month only, the event will take place in the upstairs room of The Rendezvous on Camden Road. The evening begins with a very brief AGM at 8.00, followed by Paul’s reading.

Paul McGrane is the co-founder of the Forest Poets poetry collective in Walthamstow and has also been The Poetry Society’s Membership Manager since 2006.  He runs the Poetry@3 open mic at the Poetry Café, London, on the first Thursday of the month.  In 2016 he was Highly Commended in the YorkMix Poetry Competition and Longlisted in the South Bank Poetry Competition.

His first poetry collection, Elastic Man, was published in  JULY 2018

“Paul McGrane’s voice is sexy, witty, humane. His poems are carefully crafted, often very moving, frequently laugh-aloud funny. Here is a confident, intelligent writer with a strong sense of social justice. A varied and accessible collection which deserves to do really well. I loved it.”                   Carole Bromley

 

We hope you will join us for a drink and a chat  before the evening activities formally begin.

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George Szirtes

George Szirtes  Image by Caroline Forbes

GEORGE SZIRTES

 Poetry’s only obligation is to the truth. Whether this truth is widely popular or not is irrelevant. It should be the best truth possible and that is the only quality that gives it any hope of survival.” – George Szirtes

George Szirtes was born in Hungary and emigrated to England with his parents—survivors of concentration and labour camps—after the 1956 Budapest uprising. His first book, The Slant Door (1979), won the Faber Memorial Prize. Bridge Passages (1991) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. Reel (2004) won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and his New and Collected Poems was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. He has also translated, edited, and anthologised numerous collections of Hungarian poetry. For his translation work Szirtes has won several awards, including the Dery Prize for Imre Madach’s The Tragedy of Man (1989) and the European Poetry Translation Prize for Zsuzsa Rakovsky’s New Life (1994).

There will be an Open Mic session first – one poem each for everyone who wants to read.  It’s always a pleasure to hear new voices!

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Raine Geoghegan

We start off our autumn season of poetry with a visit from Herefordshire writer Raine Geoghegan, who draws on her Romany heritage in her poetry, monologues, prose and songs.  Raine has mixed Welsh and Gypsy Roma heritage and shares her love of the Bishops Frome area and the many memories that the place and hop-picking   evoke.

Join us for another feast of words at the Vittle and Swig on September 18th.  There will be a prompt start at 8.00pm, so arrive at 7.45 for a chat and catch-up first.  There will be an Open Mic slot, followed by Raine’s reading, which will give us a fascinating insight into a different world and way of life.

 

 

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Poetry Competition Now Open. £1000 first prize

Our annual competition is now open for entries. The adjudicator this year is the renowned poet, Ruth O’Callaghan. Click on the tab above for details.

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Enchanted July

This month’s meeting on July 17th. is at The Enchanted Place, by the Winnie the Pooh memorial, at 7.45 pm.

The theme is childhood innocence, or the loss of it – bring along a favourite poem or 2 by a favourite poet, related to the theme, to share with other members.

There is an 8-minute walk from the Gill’s Lap car park to the memorial, or you can take a shorter, less scenic path from Piglet’s CP, taking the path to the Right of the seat, then R onto the main path (2 mins.)  The meeting will start by the memorial, when we have all gathered there.

If you are driving, take
theB2110 from Tunbridge Wells, through Groombridge, then through Hartfield
Fork Left onto the B2026 towards Uckfield, driving up the hill onto the forest

Park at Gill’s Lap or Piglet’s CarPark

See you then!

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