History and Photos

A great time was had by all at the OUP weekend 9-11 November 2018 in Southport with Tutor John Lindley – he took a photo of us…do tell us what you think…it appears that many of us were gurning (!) 😆

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…and, to redress the balance, here is a photo of John Lindley taken by Sue Spiers:

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Another well-attended and interesting OUP weekend in Kewstoke near Weston-super-Mare. Discussions around prose poems and many intriguing prompts and suggestions from tutor Maggie Sawkins, who did a brilliant reading of her work ‘Zones of Avoidance’. Here are some photos taken at the weekend by Polly.

A wonderful weekend of poetry at Scarborough – great to see so many new members join in with the workshops – interesting and stimulating tutorials from Wes Magee shown in the centre of the photo below.

OU Poets with Wes Magee – November 2016 – photo courtesy of Sylvia Williamson

2015 Annual Poetry Weekend

A marvellous set of tutorials with contemporary poet, Michael Laskey, for the 2015 Annual Poetry Weekend, which took place at The Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester.


Michael Laskey (centre)  with Nina Mattar and Mark Bones – photos by Sue Spiers

Michael Laskey has lived in Suffolk for over 30 years. A co-founder of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, he directed it through its first decade and continued to be closely involved in it until last year. He co-edited fifty issues of the poetry magazine Smiths Knoll (1991-2012) and works regularly as a writing tutor for The Arvon Foundation, in universities and schools and the wider community. He has published five collections, most recently The Man Alone: New and Selected Poems (2008) and Weighing the Present (2014). More information about Michael can be found at The Poetry Archive.

Photos from OU Poets Weekend Spectacular 2015

OU Poets weekend, Corbyn Head Hotel, Torquay – November 2014


OU Poets weekend, The Bell Hotel, Winslow – November 1996

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OU Poets is a poetry group for students and staff, past or present of the Open University, Milton Keynes UK with around 80 members.

Like other poetry groups, we submit poems to be read and constructively commented on by other members. We do this by post, via email, on our public Facebook page and closed Facebook group for members only, we use Twitter and we meet to discuss our poems and love of poetry at least once a year. We are scattered all across the country, with some in Ireland and other parts of Europe. Our magazine (for members only) contains poems, criticisms and comments and is issued five times a year.

At the end of the year members’ vote for the poems they have most enjoyed from that year’s magazines, and the most popular appear in Openings, our anthology, which has been an annual event for over twenty five years.

Membership is for any student or member of the staff, past or present, of the Open University, who has an interest in poetry. If you fulfil these criteria, you are welcome to apply for membership on our Membership Page

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