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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 the year’s Ver Poets Open Competition.

Forthcoming Events


22874-050-5AD45A3D spot-healedAn Introduction to Chinese Poetry

Friday January 23rd at 8pm

Speaker is Kevin Maynard whose translations of Chinese poetry have appeared in The SHOp, Stand, Agenda, The Interpreter’s House.

A rare opportunity to learn about the history and influence of Chinese poetry. The talk will be illustrated with slides of Chinese paintings, calligraphy and pottery.

Includes a short workshop session.

 10 Liners Prize Giving

Friday February 20th at 8pm

Michael King, Lecturer in literature for the WEA and long-time champion of poetry will present the winning poems in this years competition.

Sea Poetry

Friday March 20th at 8pm

We must go down to the sea again. Patricia Debney will read from her collection ‘Littoral’ (Shearsman Press) Bring your own poems on the sea to read in the second half.

 Kit Wright Reading

Friday April 17th at 8pm

‘As a poet he simply has more bounce per ounce.’ Patricia Beer in the TLS

Kit will read from Ode to Didcot Power Station


Poetry Workshop with David Van Cauter

Friday May 15th at 8pm

New ways into writing poetry.

Venue for monthly meetings:  St Michael’s Church Parish Centre, St Albans unless we indicate otherwise (opposite the Verulamium Museum – plenty of free parking available). Usually on the 3rd Friday of the month at 8 pm.

All Welcome

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Mole, Carole Satyamurti, Alan Brownjohn, Katherine Gallagher, Roger Garfitt, Lotte Kramer and many more published and unpublished poets.