Join us for what promises to be an enjoyable feast of poetry, with a prompt start at 8.00pm. The evening will begin with poems from the floor. See you then!
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 have another enjoyable evening in store for you in Tunbridge Wells on November 21st. 2017, when Susan Utting is our guest.Susan Utting is an accomplished poet whose latest collection, Half the Human Race, came out in March 2017. Work from her earlier collection, Houses Without Walls, (Two Rivers Press) was featured in the Independent on Sunday, was widely and warmly reviewed, with a poem included in the best single poem category of the Forward Book of Poetry.Her work has won many awards. In 2015, Self-Portrait as a Ticked Box won 2nd Prize in the McLellan Poetry Competition. Other prizes include a Poetry Business Prize for the pamphlet Something Small is Missing and the Peterloo Poetry Prize for Under the Blue Ball. She was selected for The Times newspaper’s best love poem prize 2010 and has twice been shortlisted for the Arvon Poetry Prize. Susan’s work has also appeared in The TLS, The Independent, New Welsh Review, The Mirror, The Forward Book of Poetry, The North, The Interpreter’s House and The Poetry Review. Her first full collection, Striptease, was published in 2001 by Smith/Doorstop Books
Susan runs poetry workshops country wide and taught poetry & creative writing at Reading University for 17 years. She was appointed Community Laureate for Southern Arts’ Year of the Artist and received a Creative Writing Fellowship from Reading University’s School of English & American Literature.
Her work was selected by The Poetry Library to be recorded for Poetry International at the South Bank Centre in London, and was broadcast along with other international poets’ work, at the Royal Festival Hall and South Bank Centre.Please do come and bring friends/guests to the Vittle & Swig, Camden Road, for a prompt 8pm start. There will be an Open Mic session at the start of the evening, so bring a poem with you too.