How budding poets can share the fruits of their labour at this Preston poetry group

Posted on - 23rd September, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Broadgate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Recreation, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Jessica Sneddon recently performed at a Damson Poets event Pic: Christine Burke
Jessica Sneddon recently performed at a Damson Poets event Pic: Christine Burke

A Preston poetry group is giving budding poets a platform to share their work.


Damson Poets meets at the Continental on the last Wednesday of each month.

The group began in 2014 as Korova Poets at the Korova Arts Cafe and Bar. When Korova closed they moved to the Ham and Jam Cafe, where the new name Damson Poets was chosen via a vote. Unfortunately Ham and Jam also closed, and Damson Poets moved to their current venue, which group member Lorna Smithers says is perfect for their needs.

Lorna said: “In 2018 we found our home in the snug in the Continental, which is perfect for a cosy night of poetry, particularly as the cold, dark nights draw in.

“If you like poetry and want to share something you have written, Damson Poets is a great place to start. We also welcome people who simply enjoy listening.

“Our main aim is to provide a platform for poets of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to perform in a relaxed and supportive environment. The mainstay of the evenings is open mic with a maximum of five minutes per performer.

“We usually feature one or two guest poets performing longer sets. Our guests have ranged from the nationally acclaimed, to students putting their very first set together. Last month our headliner was Louise Fazackerley, a poet and theatre-maker who has appeared on BBC1 television and BBC3 and BBC4 radio.”

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Over the past few months guest poets have included Steve Rowland, David Wilkinson, Jacky Pemberton, Jessica Sneddon, Phil Howard, Adele Robinson, Dorothy Nelson and Terry Quinn.

At the next meeting, taking place on Wednesday 25 September, Damson Poets will welcome two guest poets: Nicolas Guy Williams, a published Preston-based poet and artist, and Christine Burke, who is a member of Manchester Stanza Real Live Poets and Southport Writing Circle.

Damson Poets events take place at the Continental on the last Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Entry is free and there is disabled access.

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