Border Poets

Poetry in the Marches


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Border Poets is a group of writers, who live in the area near the Welsh border. At present, we have members who live, for example, in Tenbury, Leominster, Ludlow and Bishop’s Castle. We meet roughly six times a year, from 10.30 – 4.30, usually on a Sunday. Sometimes we gather at The Hurst Arvon centre, near Clun, but we often travel to visit different parts of the region.

2013 was another excellent year for Border Poets. We’ve gradually grown, gaining from the stimulus of new members without swamping the group. When we have a poetry readaround we often have 12 members reading their work, and that can take two hours, so we’re near the maximum. But at present readarounds are very productive and much appreciated. The work is very varied, and keeps getting better.

One helpful stimlus is that we travel to a range of very different sites. This year we increased the number of meetings, from six to eight, all on a Sunday. Our usual pattern is as follows:

10.30 coffee and chat
11.00 readaround of poems
1.00 shared picnic lunch
2.00 visit to a site, sometimes with expert commentary. .

The itinerary for 2013 was as follows:


27 January The Hurst

14 April Spaceguard, Knighton

12 May Bettws chapel

7 July Clungunford smallholding

1 Aug Burwarton show

15 September Lydham and More

20 October Westhope College

24 November Land of Lost Content

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