November Workshop Weekend with Hilary Hares

Preparations are well underway for the Society’s annual poetry weekend, 1st-3rd November. The tutor for the weekend will be Hilary Hares and the event will be held at the Heathlands Hotel, Grove Road, Bournemouth.

Hilary has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Winchester and an M.A in poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines; she won the Christchurch Writers’ Competition in 2013, was shortlisted for the Grey Hen Poetry Competition in 2016 and longlisted for the Plough Prize in 2011; her collection ‘A Butterfly Lands on the Moon’ is sold in support of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care; and her new collection, ‘Red Queen’, will be published by Marble Poetry in 2020.

Members should book now to avoid disappointment.

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Launched Today – OUPS Reading Group

Today OUPS members can participate in their own reading group on the Society’s closed Facebook page. The poet chosen to launch the group is Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2004-2005. Members will have the opportunity to discuss his work over the next month.

Another reason to join the Poetry Society of the Open University and participate in its Facebook Group!

Invitation to participate in the development of our Website and Social Media Content

Having recently taken over the management of this website and of our social media sites, I thought it an appropriate time to review their content and usage in order to identify developments that might increase participation. Consequently members will have received an email from me which details a number of proposals with these objectives in mind. I’m seeking feedback on these ideas and any other suggestions that will improve the content and operation of these sites.

Welcome to our new Secretary

Welcome to OUP’s new secretary Kimberley Pulling. Kimberley has taken on the role of secretary as Adrian Green steps down.

Our sincere thanks to Adrian for all his good work over the years. Adrian remains a committee member, so his kindness and wisdom is not lost to us.

 

Openings 35 is launched

The 2018 OUP  anthology is published! With thanks to editor Sue Spiers and collator Alice Harrison.

At the end of the year OUP members vote for their favourite poems from the workshop magazines, and the most popular appear in Openings, our anthology. The publication of Openings has been an annual event from 1981. The anthology is as broad-based as the organisation and reflects the varied backgrounds, interests and tastes of the members.

The OUP anthology for 2018 is Openings 35, you can get your copy sent directly to you, see below for details.

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