Philip Gross lives in Bristol, England and teaches creative writing part-time at Bath Spa University College. He won the National Poetry Competition in 1982 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 1998. A number of his collections of poetry, including The Wasting Game (Bloodaxe), have been recommended by the Poetry Book Society .
Lesley Saunders is an experienced educational researcher, a published poet and translator of poetry, with seven published collections.
in addition, we are replacing our usual Open Mic section with a reading by our member John Arnold. John is a frequent contributor to to many prestigious poetry magazines. He has been a member of the Society for over 40 years. John and his wife are moving to Suffolk later this summer, and we felt it would be a fitting tribute to ask him to read for us. For many years he has played a major role in running the Open Competition, taking care of the publicity (a mammoth task). He also designs, prints and distributes copies of our annual programmes, and is responsible for getting the Folio published every year. As if that were not enough, he also organised the monthly members’ workshop rota. All this represents a huge amount of work, and we owe him a huge debt.
Please join us on June 18th. at 8.00pm for a three-course banquet of poetry.