Following our success in the Aldeburgh Young Poets competition last year we were invited to present readings at this year’s annual Suffolk Poetry Festival held on Saturday 28th May at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket which was organised by the Suffolk Poetry Society. Apart from two students from UCS, our students were the only ones from an educational establishment invited. Details of the event can be found here:
A total of seven students presented their own poetry in the “Café Poets” section in the afternoon. In addition, thanks to the generosity of the Poetry Society, they were all able to take part in a choice of three really interesting and inspirational poetry workshops in the morning. The students involved were Beth Cope, Pip Hill, Kat Finch, Connor Noble, Betty Fox, Rhiannon Culley and Solomon Holmes. Their readings were assured and powerful and the poetry itself inspirational - the day a great success and two students staying to deliver further poems in the Open Mic section at the end of the afternoon. Overall, It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work of our students; we were immensely proud of their writing and their confident performances.
Betty Fox said: “A truly wonderful experience surrounded by a friendly atmosphere & a thought-provoking workshop” and “for my first time reading it was a great experience”
Solomon Holmes called it “An excellent opportunity for all poetry enthusiasts and audience members alike.”