Poetry and Music Workshop – Sunday 11th February 2018


Sunday 11th February 2018, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

At:  Wefan House, 39 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NS

Cost: £25.00 to include lunch and hot drinks

For enquiries or to reserve a place please contact Anne Boileau Tel: 01376 563714

Poetry and Music have a great deal in common; above all, they are capable of moving us. But how does a poem, which takes us beyond the meaning of the words, actually do this?

On this one-day workshop we will be considering some of the ways in which a poem can be more (or less) musical, and looking at the resources poetry shares with music; sound rhythm phrase-lengths, and the cadence of the poem. Above all, what makes a poem lift off the page, and why do we remember poems that do?

Time will be given to kick start exercises and to new writing.

There are quiet places around the house for working in privacy

Poets of all levels welcome.

Numbers will be limited to 12.

Gregory Warren Wilson is a classical violinist, performing and recording internationally. He has published five collections of poetry: the first won the Staple First Edition award, and the fourth won an Arts Council Award. He has been invited to tutor at the National Gallery, the Courtauld Institute and has also tutored for Arvon Foundation and the Poetry School.


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Cafe Writers Competition – closes end of November

Just a reminder that the Cafe Writers Competition deadline is end of November.

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Critiquing session – Wednesday 15th November

Tomorrow’s Mosaic meeting (Wednesday 15th November) is a critiquing session and will be led by Candyce. If you have a poem you’d like to share please bring copies. Otherwise, just come along and join in.

As usual the meeting will be at Lion Walk Church 7:00pm for 7:30 pm.

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Poetry in Aldeburgh – 3rd – 5th November



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Cafe Writers Poetry Competition

Closing Date 30th Nov 2017


1st  £1000       

2nd £300 3rd £200  

Six Commended Prizes of £50

Funniest Poem £100

The Norfolk Prize   £100

awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident

not winning another prize

Entry Fee

£4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2.00 per poem thereafter


Sole Judge: Liz Berry


Liz Berry’s debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star. Liz’s poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio, television and recorded for the Poetry Archive. She has been a judge for major prizes including The Forward Prizes for Poetry and Foyle Young Poets.

More info and rules – http://cafewriters.co.uk/home/poetry-competition/

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Nature and place poetry competition 2018

goldfinch-wide-1The Rialto working with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge, Michael Longley.
Closing Date March 1st 2018


1st prize – £1000
2nd prize – £500
3rd prize – A place on a creative writing course
at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in 2018

Two additional prizes

A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wildlife places in East Anglia.
A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there.


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Troubadour Poetry Prize – enter by Monday 16th October!

Just a few days to go, & five good reasons for entering the annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize this year:
  • £3,500 in total for top three prizes (see full details below)plus subscription prizes from high-profile poetry magazine sponsors, plus Troubadour restaurant prizes
  • quickest turnaround – just 5 weeks from deadline (Oct 16th) to contacting winners (Nov 20th, a week before prizegiving), tying up your poems for the shortest possible time
  • fairest judging – our judges read all poems submitted, no sifters, no shortlisters
  • read at the Troubadour – the chance to read alongside Imtiaz Dharker, Michael Symmons Roberts & 2017 prize-winners at our Poetry Prize Celebration (Nov 27th), a gala event with music from classical duo, Aisling & Julie-Anne Manning
  • winning poems are forwarded to prestigious Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018 (see Forward Prizes
Enter by e-mail or post, full details below & on website, by Mon 16th October
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