Freshers Fortnight

The Open University Freshers Fortnight is starting next week and the societies’ Facebook chat is on Wednesday 29 January. Why not use this opportunity to find out more about the Poetry Society of the Open University. Click here for the Facebook link. We look forward to talking to you!

Coming soon Openings 37

Work is currently being undertaken on Openings 37, the 2020 edition of the Open University Poetry Society’s annual anthology. Sue Spiers, its current editor, writes about its production in The Hoot. Click here to read the article. Click here to read the article.

Sue was recently placed 3rd in the 2019 Battered Moon Poetry Competition with her poem, “Wheatfield with Cypresses”.

Pushcart Prize Nominee

We’re delighted to announce that ‘Miscarried’ by OUPS member, Nigel Kent, has been nominated by Hedgehog Poetry Press for the 2020 Pushcart Prize, the literary prize for the best poetry, short story or ‘literary whatnot’ published by small presses in the previous year. ‘Miscarried’ was published in his first collection, Saudade, in October 2019.

OUP 198 out today

The latest edition of the Society’s workshop magazine (OUP 198) should be dropping through letter boxes this week. The Editor’s choices are: “Wilko at the Railway – Roxette” by Adrian Green, “A Jug of Flowers” by Jenny Hamlett and “Cessation” by Jane Avery.

Committee Developments

The committee is pleased to announce two new members of the committee for OUP, they are Julie Ann Gilligan who takes on the role of Activities Officer from January 2020, and you’ve probably all seen that Nigel Kent is our new webmaster and social media guru.

A big welcome to them from the OUP committee and members alike.

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.

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!