Saturday 30th March


Spring Day

Details will be announced in early 2019







Other Events of Interest

The North/North West group:
Rupert Brooke

Tuesday 9 October 2018

The Emporium, Moor Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 1BE

If you would like to join the meeting or would like more information, please contact Valerie Haworth on 01625 529404 – all are welcome.


Walk: Friends of the Dymock Poets
at The Big Apple in Much Marcle

Sunday 14 October 2018 from 10:00 am

Meet at the Orchard Tea Room, Westons Cider, Much Marcle, HR8 2NQ

Starting at 10:00 with a coffee and introduction to the Dymock Poets.

Leave at 10:30 am for ramble around Much Marcle. Walk with poetry, prose and conversation as we explore the village, orchards, including historic Awnells Farm and Gregg’s Pit (cider and refreshents available), and the village. Return tractor rides available.

Pay on the day for refreshments. Children and poems welcome.

For more details, please see the Big Apple’s website.


Susie Self’s Quilt Song: the opera

Friday 19 October 2018 at 7:00 pm
Saturday 20 October 2018 at 7:00 pm

The Old Rep Theatre, 45 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY

Quilt Song is a new upbeat opera composed for the Birmingham community. It celebrates social inclusivity using quilting as a metaphor. The lyrics are sourced from John Drinkwater’s Abraham Lincoln which premiered at The Old Rep (then Birmingham Repertory Theatre) in October 1918.

Admission is free. To reserve seats please see the Old Rep’s website.


John Drinkwater’s Abraham Lincoln: play reading

Saturday 20 October 2018 at 3:00 pm

The Old Rep Theatre, 45 Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY

There will be a reading of Drinkwater’s original play Abraham Lincoln on stage at The Old Rep.

Produced by Selfmademusic and The Old Rep Theatre Birmingham
Conductor: Susie Self
Director: White Raven
Selfmademusic Singers and Orchestra
Sopranos Maureen Brathwaite and Elizabeth Cragg
The Alma Guitar Trio: Hannah Woollacott, Jonnie Cumming, Rowan McConkey
Chris Brannick percussion
Young singers from Birmingham Ormiston Academy

Poet and writer Drinkwater was manager and playwright at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Old Rep) during its early years. Susie Self is John Drinkwater’s granddaughter.

Admission is free. To reserve seats please see the Old Rep’s website.


Ledbury Remembers, Ledbury Reflects

Friday 16 November 2018 at 5:00 pm

Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW

To mark the centenary of the Armistice the FDP will present a programme of poetry written during the Great War. The programme will be introduced by Richard Simkin and the readers will be Marilyn Birks and Jake Herbst.


Racing Remembers

Sunday 18 November 2018 from 10:30 to 4:00 pm

Cheltenham Race Course, Evesham Road Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH

Cheltenham Racecourse will commemorate the end of the First World War on the final day of the November Race Meeting. Alongside the horseracing, there will be a number of themed activities and commemorative events.

For more details please see the Cheltenham Racecourse website.

As part of the day, FDP will be represented, and we hope that some members will read poems at the event. If you are interested in reading or in helping at the event, then please contact Ray Canham or Richard Simkin.


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