Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Top poets to recite their work at festival in Woodbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:10 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:11 19 October 2017

Poet Lemn Sissay MBE. Picture: HAMISH BROWN

Poet Lemn Sissay MBE. Picture: HAMISH BROWN

hamish brown

Three nationally-acclaimed poets will be taking to the stage at the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge to inspire the next generation of Suffolk’s young writers.

Poet Lemn Sissay MBE is one of three poets set to perform as part of the Woodbridge Youth Poetry Festival in November. Picture: HAMISH BROWN Poet Lemn Sissay MBE is one of three poets set to perform as part of the Woodbridge Youth Poetry Festival in November. Picture: HAMISH BROWN

Lemn Sissay MBE, Suffolk poet Rebecca Goss and Vanessa Kisuule will be hosting poetry evenings on November 1 and 2 from 7.30pm, as part of Woodbridge School’s Youth Poetry Festival.

Neil Tetley, Headteacher at Woodbridge School, said: “We are very excited to welcome three fantastic voices from the world of poetry to Suffolk as part of our Woodbridge Youth Poetry Festival this year. Poetry is a creative and expressive art, so we hope our Youth Poetry Festival will enthuse and inspire the next generation of young poets and writers locally.”

The poetry evenings are free for all students across Suffolk or £5 for non-students. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Seckford Theatre box office on 01394 615042 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/seckfordtheatre.

Manchester-born Lemn Sissay MBE is set to perform on Wednesday, November 1. Lemn is a renowned author of books, poetry and plays and he is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4.

He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to literature and an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Huddersfield, and he is also Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

On Thursday, November 2, Suffolk-based poet Rebecca Goss will be performing. After several years teaching creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, Rebecca’s poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including The Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets in 2014.

She was also the winner of the Poetry category award at The East Anglian Book Awards in 2013.

Also on November 2, Vanessa Kisuule will be returning to Woodbridge after her inspiring performance at the 2016 Woodbridge Youth Poetry Festival, and most recently at Woodbridge School’s annual Speech Day. Vanessa is a Bristol-based writer and performer who has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, British Library and Glastonbury Festival.

The Woodbridge Youth Poetry Festival welcomes schools from across Suffolk for interactive workshops, performances and poetry readings and culminates in the Woodbridge Young Poets Competition, due to be announced on November 1. Poetry readings by pupils will also continue at the Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival on November 3 to 5. To find out more about Woodbridge School visit www.woodbridgeschool.org.uk.

New data has revealed the number of doctors at the region’s mental health trust has shrunk over the last five years - whilst the number of managers has risen.

Police in Ipswich are tackling around 89 violent crimes a week, new data has revealed – equivalent to 12 incidents a day.

A young blogger whose poor mental health left her too afraid to leave her house has held a fundraising day for Mind.

Two teenagers waved to passengers on a rail platform as they clung on to a train underneath overhead electricity cables in Essex, a court heard.

Minnie Moll, joint chief executive of the East of England Co-op, is one of the region’s most influential business leaders. As she is named as the new ambassador of sexual abuse charity Fresh Start – New Beginnings, she reveals her own story of childhood abuse, in her own words:

Fresh Start – New Beginnings has announced East of England Co-op joint chief executive Minnie Moll as their new ambassador.

Survivors of historic child sex abuse will be believed and listened to, a senior Suffolk detective has said as new data shows more people than ever before are coming forward.

A Suffolk Spitfire veteran has celebrated reaching his 101st birthday.

Over 70 MP’s have accused Theresa May of failing to intervene in the extradition case of a man from Newmarket.

An Ipswich primary school embarked on a world first video project yesterday, as pupils began filming for a virtual reality guided tour of the school.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24