Programme of events

Saturday January 25th, 2020, 10.30am
Event: Scottish Poetry Reading
Location: Books on the Hill, 1 Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 1ER
Description: As part of Burns Night celebrations, various members of Ver Poets will be reading poems by Scottish poets at the newly opened Books on the Hill.

Monday February 3rd, 2020, 7.30pm
Event: Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Location: Books on the Hill, 1 Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 1ER
Description: Various members of Ver Poets will be reading poems at the newly opened Books on the Hill. There will be an open mic so bring a poem if you want to read.

Friday February 21st, 2020, 8.00pm
Event: Michael King on Simon Armitage
Location: St Michael’s Parish Centre, St Michael’s Street,  St Albans, AL3 4SL
Description: Michael King will give a talk on Simon Armitage, the new Poet Laureate.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Friday March 20th, 2020, 8.00pm
Event: Ten-Liners Results Evening
Location: St Michael’s Parish Centre, St Michael’s Street,  St Albans, AL3 4SL
Description: A chance to hear selected poems from our Ten-liners members’ competition and a reading from the judge, Jeri Onitskansky, winner of the 2019 Ver Open Competition.

Friday April 17th, 2020, 8.00pm
Event: A History of Rhyme
Location: St Michael’s Parish Centre, St Michael’s Street,  St Albans, AL3 4SL
Description: Terry Jones will give a talk on the history of rhyme in English poetry from its origins to the present day.

Friday May 15th, 2020, 8.00pm
Event: Members’ Evening
Location: St Michael’s Parish Centre, St Michael’s Street,  St Albans, AL3 4SL
Description: An evening celebrating the publishing successes of our members over the past year. Members who have recently published will be invited to read from their work.

Date TBA
Event: Open Competition Prize-giving
Location: TBA
Description: Readings of the winning and selected poems from the Ver Poets Open Competition 2020, followed by a reading by this year’s judge Jacqueline Saphra.