Portsmouth Poetry Society

Programme 2017 – 2018

The Portsmouth Poetry Society meet at 7.15 – 9.30 on the first and third Wednesday of the month at St. Mark’s Church Hall, Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth.

The following programme has been arranged for 2017 –2018.

6th Sept: Free For All. Bring you own work or poems you’d like to read.
20th Sept: A.G.M. plus results of poetry competition.

4th Oct: The Poetry of Katherine Mansfield.
18th Oct: Prose Poems. What it a prose poem? Find or write.

1st Nov: Free For All. Bring your own work or poems you’d like to read.
15th Nov: Bring a poem (no name on it) Guess who wrote it.

6th Dec: The poetry of Wislawa Szymborska.
20th Dec: Christmas Party – venue to be arranged + poems of Charles Causley.

3rd Jan: Free For All. Bring your own work or poems you’d like to read.
17th Jan: The poetry of Gamel Woolsey.

7th Feb: ‘Quiet time or Place’ – interpret as you wish.
21st Feb: Narrative Poems – find or write.

7th Mar: The Poetry of Muriel Rukeyser.
21st Mar: ‘Fish Out of Water’ poems.

4th Apr: Free For All. Bring your own work or poems you’d like to read.
18th Apr: The poems of Linda Pastan.

2nd May: Seaside Poems – find or write .
16th May: The Poetry of Michael Longley.

6th Jun: Summer Outing – to be arranged.
20th Jun: Outing poems plus Free for All.

4th Jul: The Poetry of Mervyn Peake.
18th Jul: T. B A.

Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in poetry. You don’t have to write poetry to attend.

A charge of £2.50 is made for casual members. Full members pay £45.00 per year (this is paid £15.00 per term).

For more details contact the secretary Denise Bennett on 023 9248 0577 or email denisebennett1912@gmail.com





Brian Wells, Howard Wood and I were at the very first get together of people who might like to form a society. We met at David Palmer’s house, along with his wife for a number of times, then at the Harvest Home in Copnor Road, in a small bungalow building, and Doris Bealing came along shortly after that. Denise (Bennett) was pretty soon afterwards. David invited me after publicity surrounding my book, Dust and Dew – and a short film produced by Southern TV with Christopher Wain plus an article in The News.

David taught my daughter Ruth, at the old Northern Grammar School. The Palmer family were very talented. I think the first meeting at David’s house in Mayfield Road would have been in the early 1970s. as my book came out 1969. I seem to think that Denise joined when we were meeting at the Shearer Arms. At the very first meeting David’s lounge was crammed full, mostly with young students. Brian and Howard were friends due to their stamp collecting hobby.

Jos was one of the early members, but she went away for some years and re-joined us when she returned. Connaire Kensit also was an early member as well as Joan Lister,  who became chairman. I think both Brian and Howard were chair at some time. And, of course, Trevor Clark, was one of the very early members and much loved by us all. I became his ‘next of kin’ and when he died produced his poetry. John Roberts was very early, too, and I off-loaded boxes of Trevor’s poems to him. Big Boxes. Trevor died around 1994. Joan Lister would know of many more, and there was a very talented Sen Gupta, who both drew and wrote.


Yes, I was an early member joining in 1973 when the group met at The Shearer Arms. I was introduced to the society by Brian Wells who I met at Winchester when I was receiving a poetry prize. I have been secretary for over 30 years and still have a members book dating back to 1972. I have seen many comings and goings.

We held meetings in the WEA/Adult Education Centre, New Road for a few years.
Members of the group have, at various times, read on Radio Solent, in libraries and at Portsmouth Museum. We have also produced a number of anthologies of members’ work including a past and present one.

The cup which is presented to the winner of our competition each year is affectionately known as The Rummage Cup since Howard Wood, one of the founder members, bought it at a rummage sale.

Contact details

Please use this contact form to get in touch with our Secretary, Denise Bennett.

For urgent matters she can also be contacted by telephone on 023 9248 0577.

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