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Arts Alive in Libraries – Creative Writing Workshops

We’re very excited to announce that the Fen Speak Poetry Collective are hosting a series of creative writing workshops in Cambridgeshire’s libraries this summer.
We’ll be facilitating workshops at the Ramsey, Sawtry, Littleport and March Libraries, as part of the ‘Arts Alive in Libraries’ and ‘Creative People and Places’ initiatives.
Using a series of writing exercises and [...]

Fen Speak Ely - Wednesday 17th June 2015

Ely plays host to another excellent night of poetry and prose next week, as Fen Speak returns to the Babylon Gallery on Wednesday 17th June!
So come along and share your writing, whether you’re a poet, storyteller, playwright or anything in between!
Fen Speak is the only open mic night in the Fens that’s specifically [...]

Fen Speak Wisbech - Weds 20th May 2015

The Wisbech and Fenland Museum will be the setting for an evening of poetry and prose this week, as the venue plays host to another open mic night for budding writers and storytellers!
The next Fen Speak open mic night will be held at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum on Wednesday 20th May 2015.
The Fen [...]

Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2015 - The Winning Poems

These are the winning poems in the adult category. (Poems do not appear if their authors have not yet given permission for publication.)

First Prize: Jonathan Totman
Wicken Fen
Then our love shunned the heights
for this maze of reed beds,
this making-our-way
along duckboard webs:
loosestrife, water mint,
stonewort, sedge.
Then it lived on the suck-
unsuck of shoes in sludge,
on warm wet [...]

Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2015 - The Winners

On Friday 27th March, a gaggle of talented poets descended upon the Wisbech and Fenland Museum to take part in the fourth annual Fenland Poet Laureate Awards!
The awards show is part of a local initiative that allows writers to compete for the title of Fenland Poet Laureate, while younger poets can also enter for the [...]

Fenland Poet Laureate Awards - Shortlist Announced!

After much deliberation, the judges have made their decisions and the finalists have been announced for this year’s Fenland Poet Laureate Awards!
The annual competition, which is now in its fourth year, is a chance for writers from across the Fens to share their poetry and help put Fenland on the creative map!
The winner will be [...]

Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2015 - The Judges’ Report

This year, there were 131 entries for the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards – the most we’ve ever received! And the entries were not only marked by their quantity. In fact, our three judges were very impressed by the quality of the all of the poems submitted!
All the entries were anonymised to prevent favouritism, so the [...]

Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2015 - Enter the Competition!

Could you be the next Fenland Poet Laureate? Enter our free poetry competition and find out! Deadline for entries 30th January 2015.

POETRY EVENT: Fen Speak’s First Birthday Celebration

The Fen Speak poetry open mic nights have now been running for a whole year! To celebrate this milestone, the Fen Speak team will be hosting a special birthday edition of their poetry and spoken word open mic night on Wednesday 15th October, and you’re invited!
This time last year, two local poets had an idea [...]

And this year’s winner is… Yvette Cobley, Free Range

Congratulations to to Yvette Cobley this year’s winner of the Atelier East Summer show. We love her chickens! Yvette said she has had the urge to create throughout her life but has only recently made her pieces available to the public. She is self taught and has developed her own unique sculpture style using mixed [...]

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