Poets take to the train or head for seaside on World Poetry Day

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It’s World Poetry day on Thursday 21 March – and in Suffolk six poets will be taking to the train for a poetry parade. Starting at Ipswich station from 12.30pm, the poets will perform on the platforms, and then on the 1.17pm train from Ipswich to Lowestoft, getting off at Halesworth, for a performance at The Cut arts centre at 2.30pm.

Amy Wragg said: “I am delighted to be organising this unique poetry parade on the trains and hope passengers will enjoy it. We are very lucky in Suffolk to have many incredible writers and performers and I am grateful to Greater Anglia for literally offering them a platform to share their work.”

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s customer experience manager, said, “We are pleased to work with the Community Rail Partnership to bring the local community together in this unusual way. We hope passengers will be surprised and delighted to discover a poem or two on their journeys.” In the evening, Ipswich Waterstones will host a free spoken word open mic. Get in touch with organiser Meg Burrows via ipswich@waterstones.com if you would like to share a poem on the night.

Meanwhile at Eastbourne’s Leaf Hall there’s an evening of poetry about immigration and migration with music and song, with poets Amir Darwish and Jessica Mookherjee, plus songwriting duo Lena Holt and Larry Navon. Pre-booked five-minute slots are available for poets to perform their own poems on this theme. If you are interested, please email poetrycafeugt@aol.com or text 07848026186. Entry is free but donations are welcome, and doors open at 6.45pm. More details and Map

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