Facebook Chat – OUSA

Sandra Carter, Student Community Assistant at OUSA has sent the following message:

‘With Freshers fast approaching at the end of the month, we were wondering how the Societies would like to get involved.

‘Cath Brown will be hosting a Facebook chat 7-8 pm on 27th September. This will be an opportunity for new students to pose questions about Societies. It would also be a great chance to entice new members. For those of you who haven’t attended one of these ‘online events’ here’s a link to this January’s equivalent chat. https://www.facebook.com/events/618023334991215/?active_tab=posts

‘When the day comes you’ll be able to find the event on this page https://www.facebook.com/OUstudents/events

Poetry Weekend

A special weekend for full members (i.e. 12 month subscription) of the OU Poetry Society.

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Wes Magee
Photo from The English Association

Wes Magee has published six poetry collections for adults, and more than 100 books for young readers – fiction, poetry, plays, picture books, and anthologies. He is an award-winning author for children and for adults and regularly makes author visits to schools, libraries, and festivals where he performs his ‘Poetry Show’ and gives writing workshops.

OU Poets

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

OU Poets Events

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

Annual Poetry Weekend

The Weekend Spectacular took place at Corbyn Head Hotel, Torbay Road, Torquay http://www.corbynhead.com 7-9 November 2014.

We were fortunate to have Jackie Juno, the current Grand Bard of Exeter (Caer Wyse) with us in 2014. Jackie said that, as far as she knows, she is the only female Grand Bard in its 200 year history.

Jackie Juno and OU Poets at the 2014 Poetry Weekend

As a tutor she is fun and dynamic, but with space for tenderness and contemplation, and inspired many of us through her often unconventional approach to writing. Twenty-two OU Poets took part in exercises and activities linked to–amongst other topics–the Changing of the Seasons, Descent, Precious Objects, Eurekas & Epiphanies, and Inanna. OU Poet  Mark Bones led a workshop on Translations. All were well-attended and great fun.

Usually taking place in November, a tutor joins us for the residential weekend devoted to poetry. The cost for such a weekend is circa £140.00 per person depending on the hotel booking. In 2015 the annual Weekend Spectacular will take place in the South East or Central South East of England. First time attendees are charged just £50 for the weekend.


An AGM is held annually, usually in April, at a venue in London. Our next AGM is planned for 9 April 2016.

A Message From OU Careers Advisory Service

The Open University Careers Advisory Service is now on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn. Whether you’re searching for work, considering a career change, or looking to progress in your current role, you can follow us to keep up with the latest news, tips and resources, join in discussions and live chats, and find out what options your OU study opens up for you.

Career goals motivate many OU students to begin study, and by following us on social media you would have access to:

– News from the OU Careers Advisory Service

– In-depth careers advice relevant to specific subjects and sectors

– Upcoming forums, webinars and live chats

– Live Facebook chats with Careers Advisers

– Help with exploring their career options

– Links to resources, events, news and opportunities

– Tips and hints on CVs, applications and preparing for interview

– Find out what options OU study opens up for them

– Heads-up on the latest jobs from JobZone, our online vacancy service

– Discussions on careers topics

– Get advice, motivation and inspiration