East Coker Poetry Group

David Cloke from the East Coker Poetry Group is a long-standing member of the Fountain Poets. From time to time he sends out a newsletter. Here is the latest one.

Forthcoming meetings Winter 2017/ 2018

Our meetings are held at the Helyar Arms, East Coker. Meetings start at 7.30pm on the last Tuesday of the month.  (There is no meeting in December)

Poetry Competition Evening Tuesday 31st October  2017 – 7.30pm

This year we are having a joint competition with the West Coker Camera Club who will also be judging our poetry – and we will be judging their photographs.  We have a fascinating mix.

The subject was  Internal Spaces – Interiors – The Inside 


HourglassReadings from the Coasts of Britain by Edward Hawkinge

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 – 7:30pm

Hourglass is a poetry reading, to entertain, to stimulate, to give witness and testimony to the hard lives of sailors in war and peace.  The poems, like the sea, will take you through many moods and many climes; from Cromer Pier to Jutland; from Hispaniola, to Dunkirk.

Edward Hawkinge was born in Folkestone and educated at the University of Essex. His inspiration is the shingle and the sky of the East Coast, together with the experiences of his family down the generations; in the Southern Oceans; the North Atlantic and the Channel Trade.

Edward believes poetry is for everyone. “Hourglass” is as entertaining as a shanty or a horn pipe, but also, bears witness to, and commemorates, the lives of ordinary sailors, in peace and war.

“Hourglass” is not to be missed.


Winter Open Evening 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 – 7:30pm

A meeting open to anyone to read a poem or two.  Bring some poems to read or just come and listen and enjoy the ambiance.

These meetings are always popular


Walking Wounded: The Poetry of Vernon Scannell (1922–2007)

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 – 7:30pm

As with many poets before and since, Scannell’s prize-winning poetry – which covered topics ranging from love, war, ageing, fear, remorse, and even verse for children – seems to have sprung from the fertile soil of a disturbed and damaged life. Yet his verse, greatly admired by the likes of Seamus Heaney, is written in an accessible style, often laced with an engaging dry humour.

Jem Langworthy, who copy-edited his biography for Oxford University Press, presents an evening about this British poet and author.


For more information about the East Coker Poetry Group, contact :-

David Cloke,  Group Co-ordinator, 01935 862623

email    info@eastcokerpoetry.org.uk         website     www.eastcokerpoetry.org.uk