Triple Bill

Our 2017 season begins with a triple bill showcase of our own members’ talent, always a popular event.

On Tuesday 17th January  we have readings from Lydia Hill, John Arnold & Hilary Jenkins. They write in very different styles and have a wide variety of experience, so it should be an interesting and entertaining evening.  As usual, the meeting will be held in the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells and will begin at 8pm.  A good way to start a Happy New Year!

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Another Christmas fast approaches

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again already, and for our next meeting we are looking forward to our annual social event at the Camden, on Tuesday, December 20th. at 8.00pm..  There will be a poetry quiz, and a general air of festivity.  Feel free to bring along some nibbles and poetry vibes.

Meanwhile, the Stanza Bonanza event organised by the Poetry Society is definitely taking place this month,  beginning at 7pm. on Thursday, November 24th. The venue is St Giles in the Fields near Tottenham Court Road tube station. Entry is free. Readers from the KSPS are Graham Mummery, Jess Mookherjee, Mary Gurr, Phil Vernon, John Wright & Marjorie Caine and your support would be appreciated. There will be an open mic spot so get there early and take a poem – join in the atmosphere!



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Robert Seatter


Come and join us for another exciting evening of poetry, this time from Robert Seatter.  He will be reading to us in The Camden Centre, Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday, November 15th. starting at 8 o’clock.

Robert has certainly enjoyed varied experience since leaving Oxford University, where he studied English.  He has worked as an EFL teacher in Italy and France, an actor, a journalist, in publishing and broadcasting. He lives in London where he now works for the BBC, as Head of History.

Robert Seatter has this year had published The Book of Snow with Two Rivers Press.  Other poetry collections include: Travelling to the Fish Orchards, On the Beach with Chet Baker and Writing King Kong, all from Seren.  He has won many awards and nominations for his poetry including National Poetry Competition, London Poetry, Forward Poetry Prize, Tabla, and Housman Poetry Prize.

Of his poetry collection “The Book of Snow” Robert Seatter says:

I wanted to describe the arc of a relationship through one image: snow.  I then gave these snow-inspired poems to artist Jessica Palmer, who interpreted them in paper cut, collage and collograph. Fascinated by her artistic process, I wrote a parallel sequence of poems exploring the art of her interpretation. These were unified in a stark and powerful, black and white design by graphic designer Sally James.  The result is, I hope, a work of connection, definition and revelation.


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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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