Welcome to the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society is a lively local group with a national reputation.

We’ve been going for over 70 years in Tunbridge Wells but remain as friendly and supportive and open to newcomers as ever.


Our activities include:

  • Monthly open poetry readings from a wide range of contemporary poets. These evenings also include a short ‘open mic’ slot for readings from the floor.
  • Monthly poetry workshops for writers looking for feedback on their poems.
  • Our mega annual open poetry competition, with major cash prizes.
  • An annual Folio competition, judged by well-recognised poets, for members only.

Annual dues are still only £15, which entitles you to free admission to the local readings and our monthly Tuesday workshops, plus the opportunity to take part in our highly subsidised workshops and writing retreats, for members only.  Over 60s and unemployed rates are an unbelievable £10 annually.

Our readings are currently held at The Vittle & Swig, on Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells on the third Tuesday of each month, and are open to non-members. Admission £3.

You can also  join the Society on the night by paying our treasurer, who will be on the door.


7 responses to “About

  1. Alan


    I am in techno hell. I have just entered and paid for 3 poems for your current competition. But then I get information about a vanity publisher. Can you confirm that you have received my poems?

  2. Dominique Newport

    Hello, I am a teacher locally in Kent and was wondering if any poets would be willing to volunteer a small amount of time to perform some poetry to my year 5 and 6 class. They will be learning how to write and perform poetry for Remembrance Day this year and it would be wonderful for them to see poems being performed by the experts.

    Many thanks
    Dominique Newport

  3. Simon Brown

    I would attend the next meeting, please can you contact me with further details to attend the next session.

    Warmest wishes

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