Our poetry night fundraisers are proving immensely popular. Many people have told me that they are finding them inspiring and they have been encouraged to read more poetry as a result. I am so thrilled about that. Poetry is a passion of mine. On the fundraising side, we have added £290 to our late son Mark’s fund from sale of tickets and donations on our last two events. This fund means so much to me as it helps to keep Mark’s courageous spirit alive.

On Thursday 4th May we shall be bringing you three more featured poets: Sarah Barr, Stephen Boyce and Pam Zinnemann-Hope.  There will also be an opportunity for audience members to read a poem of their own or a published favourite.

Doors will open at 6.30 for refreshments and readings start at 7pm. We shall finish at 9.30. Tickets are £10 to include a tea/coffee and some savoury and sweet canapés. Profits will go to our late son Mark’s fund for Cancer Research UK:  Please ring 01308 281110 to book or call in the cafe on our opening days.


Stephen Boyce is a prize-winning poet and co-founder of Winchester Poetry Festival. His most recent collection is The Blue Tree (Indigo Dreams 2019), described by Philip Gross as ‘a seamless weave of thought perception and emotion’. He has also published The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014), Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010). and three pamphlet collections, most recently The Unforgiving Knot (Marlott 2020). Stephen lives in north Dorset.  Stephen’s website

Pam Zinnemann-Hope is a poet, a playwright and a children’s author. Her  debut poetry collection On Cigarette Papers (Wardwood publishing , 2014), was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. It was adapted by her for the Afternoon Play on radio 4 in which she also acted. She runs poetry seminars near Dorchester.

Sarah Barr writes poetry, fiction and non fiction for adults and children. She has been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies. She often writes about relationships and has a special interest in social, psychological and environmental issues. Her most recent poetry  collection is January (Maytree Press, 2020)  Sarah’s website


Stephen Boyce, Pam Zinnemann-Hope and Sarah Barr