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Welcome to Ver Poets. We are a St Albans based poetry society with a national and international membership. Please explore our website to find out about our programme of poetry events, poetry competitions and benefits of membership. Also visit our Facebook Page. Venue for monthly meetings, see below.

See the competitions page for the results of previous Ver Poets Competitions.

Venue for monthly meetings:  St Michael’s Church Parish Centre, St Albans AL3 4SJ unless we indicate otherwise (opposite the Verulamium Museum – plenty of free parking available). Usually on the 3rd Friday of the month at 8 pm. Entry: £4 non-members; £2 members. Refreshments served at the interval. Open Mic in second half at most meetings

Forthcoming Events

Annual AGM

Friday September 18th at 7:30pm

All members are invited to attend the AGM to hear the reports on last year’s activity and to share their views.

9.00pm Table Quiz – test your knowledge of the last 50 years of poetry. All Welcome.

Introducing Norman MacCaig

Friday October 16th at 8.00pm

John Mole will be leading a evening on the work of Norman MacCaig. He will introduce a selection of work by this popular Scottish poet, copies of which will be provided at the meeting. Those familiar with MacCaig’s poems are invited to bring a favourite of their own to supplement John’s choice.

In the second half of the evening there will be the opportunity to write on a theme suggested by the title of one of the featured poems, Sounds of the Day.

The Mahabharata

Friday November 20th at 8.00pm

Carole Satyamurti will be reading from her newly published and prize-winning version of The Mahabharata - an extraordinary achievement . We are looking forward to discovering more about this epic Indian work encompassing fairytale, fantasy, philosophy and psychology. Discover the hidden gems in this ancient Hindu text.

Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth by Ruth Padel

Tuesday, December 1st, at 7.30pm

At the Maltings Arts Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL.

Ruth Padel will be reading from her book of meditations on the history and cultures of the Middle East. The book explores human migration, exile and how we respond to strangers.

This will be a multi-faith event, with readings from classic Islamic and Hebrew poetry in translation and middle eastern music.

Entry £5, or £3 for Ver Poets members, with profits to charity. Tickets on the door, or from: http://www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk/.

Metaphysical Poetry with Alan Murray

Friday, January, 15th at 8.00pm

Bring a metaphysical poem to read. Alan Murray will lead this evening exploring what makes poetry ‘metaphysical’. Alan’s poetry has been described as speculative, imaginative and often amusing , qualities which will be apparent at this meeting, no doubt.

Unguarded Gold

Please contact us to find out how to obtain our anthology published in memory of our founder, May Ivimy Badman and featuring poems by Ver poets and friends of the society. New Bargain Price £5.00 Includes poems by John Mole, Carole Satyamurti, Alan Brownjohn, Katherine Gallagher, Roger Garfitt, Lotte Kramer and many more published and unpublished poets.