Poetry Appreciation

Meetings:   2:00 – 4:00 on the 4th Friday of the month
Venue:   Garstang Arts Centre
Subscription Fees:   on application
Contact:   Marie Whalley
Telephone:   01995 603605

About Garstang Poetry Appreciation Group

The Poetry Appreciation group was started in 2009 following a workshop given by James Dodding during the Arts Festival. James, who is an internationally known stage director and acting coach, has become our patron. We are a very friendly group with members from all walks of life who enjoy listening to and reading poetry. We meet on the fourth Friday of each month from 2pm until 4pm. Each session is led by one or more members and anyone, if they wish, can join in or just sit and listen. The meetings are very relaxed and enjoyable. The annual programme is available in the Arts Centre, Garstang library or on the Arts Centre website. Click on groups and Poetry Appreciation.

Further information is available from Marie Whalley 01995 603605


Garstang Poetry Appreciation Group met at the town’s Arts Centre today for its monthly meeting.

The focus was on two American poets, Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski whose tough, gritty poems were read and commented on by session leader Harry Batty.

Several members of the group also brought along and read poems by Carver and Bukowski.
Prior to the formal start of the meeting a short silence was held to honour the memory of Professor James Dodding who was instrumental in the formation of the group.

There was also a montage of photos on exhibit in the arts centre’s music room depicting aspects of the life and career of Prof Dodding who worked as a theatre director and drama tutor on both sides of the Atlantic.

ollowing the meeting several members who are involved in plans for a forthcoming anthology of poems written by group members met for a discussion led by Graciela Lemos.

Next month’s meeting, at 2pm on May 25, will be led by Marie Whalley who will present and discuss a selection of poems on the topic “Older People.” For more information contact Marie on 01995 603605.
* Photo: members of Garstang Poetry Appreciation Group involved in the project for a proposed anthology of poems. The book will be dedicated to the memory of the late Prof James Dodding.