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.
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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
A special weekend for full members (i.e. 12 month subscription) of the OU Poetry Society.
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 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
2015 Annual Poetry Weekend
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.
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.