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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 below for details of our open competition and forthcoming events. 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

Ver Poets Open Competition 2016

Adjudicator: Andrew McMillan

Closing Date: April 30th 2016


This year’s Open Competition is to be judged by Andrew McMillan. Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988 and lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. His debut collection, physical, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He has contributed to The Echo Chamber on BBC Radio 4 and Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3. He is one of the judges for the 2015 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

Poems must be no more than 30 lines in length. They may be on any theme and in any form. The competition is open to anybody aged 16 or over. Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Selected and prizewinning poets will be informed by post in June and prizes will be awarded at our poetry afternoon on Saturday, July 2nd 2016 at The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans.

Download the entry form from here.

Forthcoming Events

Poetry and Songs of the Middle East with Ruth Padel

Tuesday, December 1st, at 7.30pm

ruth padel event

Ruth Padel will be reading from her book of meditations on the history and cultures of the Middle East, Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth. 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.

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

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.