Our friendly group – which can have up to 16/17 members – usually meets on the third Wednesday of the month in the church hall on Towers Avenue at 7 pm.

From Judith Dryhurst:

As part of the Jesmond Community Festival our members were delighted to welcome several visitors, with poems, to our meeting on 15 May. As usual we enjoyed a celebration of glittering words and images from gifted poets: Shakespeare, Francis Thomas, Alice Oswald, John Betjeman, John Drinkwater, Seamus Heaney, D H Lawrence and, of course, our new Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage.

The theme for our next meeting on Wednesday 19 June is Making. All are welcome, with or without a previously published poem, to join our informal and merry group in the Hall from 7 to 8.30pm. There will be a glass of wine or fruit juice to help promote conviviality.

Please note that the following ground rules apply to our meetings:

  • Everyone is welcome, with or without a poem.
  • As the meeting only lasts 90 minutes and with numbers often as high as 16 or 17, out of courtesy and respect, no-one should speak for longer than 5 minutes. This time is to include any introduction to the poem and the discussion that follows afterwards.
  • One of the best aspects of this group is the wide range of published poetry included at each meeting. This is to be welcomed and applauded.