station masterWhen is a poetry appreciation group not a poetry appreciation group? When it’s attended by the amazing range of folk who choose to join us for Poetry with Friends in Whitley Bay!

Poetry with Friends started life after a conversation with artist Gail Curry who runs Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC. We started one group as an experiment to see if other folk like poetry like wot we do. We ended up running two groups: one on a Thursday morning and the other on a Tuesday night. In November 2017 we reverted back to Tuesday nights only but several members of the Thursday morning group are planning to meet for poetry and natter in each other’s homes.

poets at WBMore “life appreciation” than “poetry appreciation” it’s what we talk about in between the poems that makes these sessions magical but let’s not forget the poets. In the past few months we’ve shared and enjoyed work by writers including John Clare, Charles Simic, W.H. Auden, Mary Oliver, Thomas Hardy, Charles Causley, Maura Dooley, Ian McMillan, G.M. Hopkins, e.e. cummings, Miroslav Holub, Christina Rossetti, T.S. Eliot, John Masefield, Philip Larkin, Clive James, Martin Figuera, Emily Dickinson plus poems by over 50% of the participants.

Our Tuesday night group meets on alternate Tuesday evenings in the Big Local building opposite St Paul’s parish church in the centre of Whitley Bay. The sessions run from 7pm to 9pm. Forthcoming date: Tuesday 30th January 2018.

 The group is a good mix of men and women, new attendees are always welcome. The only thing we ask is that you let us know if you are attending for the first time so we can look out for you and make you welcome.  Email gail@happyplanetcreative or phone Gail on 07752356880. Each session costs £4.50.