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. Eighteen months on we run two groups but find membership between the two is fluid. Several bods choose to attend Thursday mornings and Tuesday evenings.

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.

We currently run two fortnightly  Poetry with Friends groups. One is on a Thursday morning in Whitley Bay libray and the other is on a Tuesday evening in  St Paul’s Parish Centre in Whitley Bay  Forthcoming sessions:

Poetry with Friends @ The Big Local  on alternate Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9pm in The Big Local shop next to Bay Traders in the centre of Whitley Bay. Cost £4.50 per person including refreshments.

Dates  up to summer hols:

 June 27th and 11th July.

Poetry with Friends @ Whitley Bay Library group meet on alternate Thursday mornings 11am – 1pm in the Priory room on the ground floor. Cost £4.50  per person including refreshments.

Dates  up to summer hols:

 July 6th and 20th.

Bring along a couple of your favourite poems to share with friendly, like-minded locals. If you don’t feel like reading aloud then I’ll read for you. There’ll be tea, coffee, water and usually biccies. Cost £4.50. All we ask if that you prebook a place by emailing my Poetry with Friends partner in crime, artist Gail Curry:

For more information on the groups please visit our website