John Peel Centre hosts second annual poetry festival

Suffolk Poetry festival at the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket. Pictured is poet Michael Laskey.

Suffolk Poetry festival at the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket. Pictured is poet Michael Laskey. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Suffolk Poetry Society has celebrated its second all-day festival with a packed programme of workshops, performances and calligraphy demonstrations.

The event, held at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket on May 30, featured quick-fire exercises from Aldeburgh Poetry Festival co-founder Michael Laskey, Villanelle poetry workshops by former Ipswich High School student Angela Locke, and a variety of performances from more than 30 of the society’s poets on subjects as varied as Thomas Gainsborough’s pocket watch, previous members and a railway rap.

Ian Griffiths, Suffolk Poetry Society chairman, said: “The poems were of an exemplary standard and demonstrated the vast range of creative and performing talent from poets in our region.”


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