Ver Poets - Simon Bowden

Ver Poets - Simon Bowden Poetry group based in St Albans

I am the press officer of Ver Poets, a group of writers and listeners which generally meets on the third Friday of every month at St Michael's church hall, St Michael's Street, St Albans. 8 - 10 pm.
We host readings, open mics and other events and run several competitions throughout the year. Our open competition has big cash prizes and attracts top writers from all over Britain. So the judging of the Ver Poets Open by a famous national poet is one of the highlights of our year.
We also hold regular workshops in members' homes where you can meet fellow poets - and sharpen up your skills. Writers bring several copies of each poem to be critiqued - so that everyone in the group can see a copy and give precise feedback based on the text. This process can really improve your awareness of what your words mean to other people.
We publish a newsletter for members and there's a free critique service for new members when they join. Membership costs £18 a year.
Find us on the Ver Poets website and on Facebook. Check our programme on the website!

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St Michael's Church Hall

St Michael's Street
St Albans

(opposite the Roman Museum)


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Poetry and Religion / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-11-21T00:00:00Z">Mon 21 Nov 2016</span>Poetry and Religion / Mon 21 Nov 2016

Is religious poetry dead? To find out come to the launch of The Poet’s Quest for God – 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt and Wonder in St Albans on S...

What Have the Americans Done for Us? / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-11-08T00:00:00Z">Tue 08 Nov 2016</span>What Have the Americans Done for Us? / Tue 08 Nov 2016

As Monty Python might have put it - What have the Americans done for us? Well – there’s Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost. Then you might me...

Healing Poetry / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-10-07T00:00:00Z">Fri 07 Oct 2016</span>Healing Poetry / Fri 07 Oct 2016

CAN WORDS HEAL? Can poetry help you cope with pain and illness? To find out, you should come along to St Albans Central Library on Wednesday Octobe...

My Events

The Poet&apos;s Quest for God / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-12-03T00:00:00Z">Sat 03 Dec 2016</span>The Poet's Quest for God / Sat 03 Dec 2016

There is a starry line up at the next Ver Poets event on Saturday December 3rd at Waterstones in St Albans. This will centre on both religious – and a...

American Poetry - Then and Now / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-11-18T00:00:00Z">Fri 18 Nov 2016</span>American Poetry - Then and Now / Fri 18 Nov 2016

Ever wanted to know more about American poetry? There’s a lot of them out there – Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost. Take a breath – Wallace...

Poems of Physical and Mental Healing / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-10-19T00:00:00Z">Wed 19 Oct 2016</span>Poems of Physical and Mental Healing / Wed 19 Oct 2016

CAN WORDS HEAL? If you’ve ever had to deal with severe physical or mental illness, you may be interested in an event at St Albans cen...