Trowbridge Stanza

Saturday, 7 march, 2020 (2-4pm) – drawing Projects uk (trowbridge)

two guest readers plus open-mic

Join us to hear Guest Poets Alasdair Paterson and Jessica Mookherjee read from their most recent books.  Bring a poem or two of your own to share at the open-mic or simply come along to listen.  Everyone welcome. Tickets are £5 per person (or what you can afford) payable on the door.

Trowbridge Stanza is a friendly, inclusive group,  a mixture of published and unpublished poets.

Trowbridge Stanza is a monthly poetry group, a Poetry Society Stanza, which meets every first Saturday (first Saturday of each month, 2-4pm) at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge.  Poetry Society Stanzas are poetry groups run voluntarily by members of The Poetry Society.  Although I am a member of the Poetry Society, and a few of our group are also members, there is no requirement for Trowbridge Stanza participants to join.  Everyone is welcome.  Trowbridge Stanza is a friendly, inclusive group,  a mixture of published and unpublished poets.  We read and talk about contemporary poetry, read and comment on each other’s work in progress, organise open-mic events and guest readers, and we perform 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



Thanks to everyone who came to our January meeting! It was great to see people who travelled from all over the South West to join us. Here are a few of us gathering in Miranda’s Café at Drawing Projects UK before the afternoon began.

Miranda’s Café at Drawing Projects UK, January 2020

A super reading in November with poet Birdspeed and terrific open-mic poems. Thank you to everyone!

Birdspeed reading for Trowbridge Stanza at Drawing Projects UK, November 2019

Thank you to Kathy Pimlott and David Clarke, our excellent guest readers on September 7.  A terrific audience, as always, and superb poems at the open-mic.  Thanks to all who attended.

Kathy Pimlott & David Clarke reading for Trowbridge Stanza, September 2019

Thank you Pey Pey Oh and Tom Sastry for wonderful readings to our Stanza on July 6.  Thank you to everyone in the audience and to open-mic poets.

Pey Pey Oh and Tom Sastry reading at Drawing Projects UK for Trowbridge Stanza, July 2019

Thank you to poets Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin who came to read for us at our April meeting. Stephen and Caleb wowed us with funny, moving, entertaining, thought-provoking, witty and utterly serious poems and talked candidly and interestingly about their creative practices during a brilliant Q&A session. Thank you to everyone who came to listen and contribute wonderful poems at the open-mic.

Stephen Lightbown reading for Trowbridge Stanza, April 2019

Caleb Parkin reading for Trowbridge Stanza, April 2019

Members of Trowbridge Stanza, April 2019


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!



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