Trowbridge Stanza

Please come to a friendly open-mic at Drawing Projects UK (next to the train station) on Saturday, 3 September, 2-4pm. Everyone welcome. Bring a poem or two to read or simply turn up to listen. Tickets £6 (includes booking fee) in advance via this link.

Trowbridge Stanza was set up by Josephine Corcoran in 2016.  Before the pandemic we were a monthly group but at the moment we’re meeting every other month. Our next meeting will be Saturday, 3 September, 2-4pm. We’re a Poetry Society Stanza and we meet at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge.  Poetry Society Stanzas are poetry groups run voluntarily by members of the Poetry Society.  Although several of the group (including Josephine) belong to the Poetry Society, there is no obligation for anyone to join.  Everyone is welcome.

We’re is a friendly, inclusive group,  a mixture of published and unpublished poets, getting back on our feet after a break of two years because of the global pandemic.  In the past, we’ve read and talked about contemporary poetry, read and commented on each other’s work in progress, organised open-mic events and guest readers, and performed our work at different venues. If you would like more information about joining our group, please email me  You can also sign up for a monthly newsletter

Read poems by some of our group, written during lockdown, here.



Guest Poets for March 2020 Jessica Mookherjee and Alasdair Paterson. Photo by Pey Oh.
Birdspeed reading for Trowbridge Stanza, November 2019
Kathy Pimlott & David Clarke reading for Trowbridge Stanza, September 2019
Pey Pey Oh and Tom Sastry reading at Drawing Projects UK for Trowbridge Stanza, July 2019
Stephen Lightbown reading for Trowbridge Stanza, April 2019
Caleb Parkin reading for Trowbridge Stanza, April 2019
Members of Trowbridge Stanza, April 2019


Feedback – Read what people have said about Trowbridge Stanza here.

On Saturday, December 1, we enjoyed a wonderful reading by  Bloodaxe poet Abigail Parry, whose book Jinx was shortlisted for this year’s Forward Prize for Best First Collection.  Abigail read from Jinx, and other work, and took part in a lively and fascinating Q & A about her writing life, answering questions about this year’s Forward Prize, commissions, her route to publication, her motivations for writing, and more.  Audience members listened attentively to Abigail’s poems, asked brilliant questions and read fantastic poems at the open-mic.  It was wonderful to receive many appreciative tweets and messages after the event!


Members of Trowbridge Stanza, March 2020