Lowestoft poets to take part in Festival of Suffolk Poetry

PUBLISHED: 12:52 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 25 April 2018

Rebecca Watts will be performing at the festival. PICTURE: Courtesy of Suffolk Poetry Society

Rebecca Watts will be performing at the festival. PICTURE: Courtesy of Suffolk Poetry Society


Poets from Lowestoft’s New Words: Fresh Voices will be among those taking part in the fifth Festival of Suffolk Poetry.

The festival will take place on Saturday, May 26 and will see poets and poetry fans from all over the county and beyond come together at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket,for a day of writing workshops, poetry performances and the ever popular poetry Open Mic.

The festival kicks off at ten in the morning with poetry writing workshops lead by Rebecca Watts, Susan Utting and Derek Adams.

The afternoon will see readings by the various poetry cafés from all over the county: Pinky’s Café from Halesworth, Felixstow Café poets, Arlington’s Café Poets from Ipswich, Poetry Aloud from Bury St Edmunds, Bungay and Blyth Poets and New Words: Fresh Voices.

There will also be performances by excellent young poets from One, Suffolk’s Sixth Form College with writing workshops during the afternoon.

The afternoon session concludes with the poetry Open Mic, where anyone can sign up to take the stage.

The evening will then kick off with well known author and poet Blake Morrison.

Professor of creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College and visiting professor at the University of Suffolk, his latest poetry collection Shingle Street is set along the Suffolk coast.

The opening poems address an eroding landscape while a sequence of topical poems lays bare the most pressing topics of our times and portraits of the past bring forth the long lost and loved.

Blake’s memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? was made into a film starring Jim Broadbent as his father and Colin Firth as Blake.

The spotlight will then fall on Suffolk Poetry Society members Pam Job and John Vaughan with special guests Rebecca Watts and Susan Utting closing out the evening.

Rebecca Watts was born in Suffolk and currently lives in Cambridge. Her collection The Met Office Advises Caution was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and featured in both the Guardian and Financial Times Best Books of 2016 lists.

Susan Utting has performed at festivals around the country including Edinburgh, StAnza at St Andrews, Henley and Marlborough literary festivals, the Ledbury Poetry festival and the Aldeburgh poetry festival.

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