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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:


Saturday 1st November 7.30pm

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A Cabaret Evening of music, poetry and song at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans. Featuring:

Cult poet Donald Gardner, Anne-Marie Fyfe of the Troubadour Cafe,  musician, poet and broadcaster Cahal Dallat and the stars of Redbourn Folk Club. Table seating with bar. See this flier for more details.

Tickets from theatre website www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk or at the door: £7.50

or £5 for Ver Poets members and concessions

St Albans Literary Festival

Ver at the Pudding Stop

6pm Sunday 9th November

Open Mic at the Pudding Stop, 6 Verulam Road

Poems featuring Food. What’s not to like? Bring a poem you wrote or a poem you love.


The Poetry of the First World War


WW1SargentFriday November 21st at 8pm

Usual venue

Merryn Williams, editor of ‘In the Spirit of Wilfrid Owen’, will introduce this evening dedicated to the poetry of the Great War.

Bring your own favourite poem of the era to read.




Ver Christmas Gathering

Thursday 11th December 8pm

The Rose and Crown, St Michael’s Street, AL3 4SG

Bring a poem.


An 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. 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.


Clare Pollard 2014 Ver Open Competition Judge clare-pollard “Ver Poets strike me as one of those Very Good Things- the kind of society that quietly keeps poetry alive in the UK” (Clare Pollard’s blog)