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Cannon Poets celebrate 41 years

1983 - 2024

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2024 is now open. Please go to the Competitions page or click HERE for full details.

The Sonnet or Not 2023 results are published here 

To find details of other competitions click here then click on 'Other Competitions'

The Cannon's Mouth

Cannon Poets Quarterly Journal

Submissions are welcome from members and non members from any part of the world. Submissions must be in English. Please submit no more than 5 poems for any one edition.

Please email your submissions to the editor either as a single MS Word attachment or within the email itself

Please always include:

  • a brief [up to 60 words] bio.
  • your postal address.

The deadlines for submissions are:

March issue: 1st February for the March issue

June issue: 1st May for the June issue

September issue: 1st August for the September issue

December issue: 1st November for the December issue

Email address: greg@cannonpoets.org.uk

Ros Woolner has a new poetry collection called Earth Walker published by Offa's Press.

There's a lovely review from Paul Francis on Ros’s website: www.roswoolner.co.uk and in the July 2023 issue of The Cannon's Mouth. The quote she likes best (which is going on the back cover) is "Ros Woolner can create a myth from a casual remark" 🙂

World Book Day 7th March 2024

Please visit Writing West Midlands for news about the Birmingham Literature Festival 2024 and writing related courses and events.

Poetry Bites

Kitchen Garden Cafe

17, York Road, King's Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA

Usually on the last Tuesday of the odd months: £7

You are advised to arrive early to book a poetry spot and a good seat.
You can also book open mic in advance

Cannon Poets new Facebook page is now on line:

Garsdale Retreat

At last you can get away!
Book a course or retreat to kick-start your writing

We have all been waiting to go somewhere different and where better than 
The Garsdale Retreat in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales?
Your body will be nurtured with delicious food, your mind with inspiring tutors
and the company of other writers.
Blow away the cobwebs in the reviving fresh air of the surrounding countryside.

We've lots of wonderful courses for you to choose from, both poetry and fiction,
as well as untutored retreats. Book your place now, treat yourself! 

Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW United Kingdom

Click here to enter website

Waterstones, Birmingham [search by shop - Birmingham]

Stanza Groups based at Waterstones, Birmingham. Contact; Roz Goddard

Birmingham Literature Festival 2022

Cannon Poets Meetings

Cannon Poets monthly meetings are usually held at the Moseley Exchange, Post Office Building, 149-153, Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP [see map] usually the first Sunday of each month, 2pm - 5pm.

Since the pandemic, we have resumed face to face Cannon Poets meetings, but they alternate with Zoom meetings. Please see our Home page for details. If you would like to join our Zoom meetings, or want to confirm the dates of our face to face meetings, please contact Martin Underwood from our contact us page

The Cannon's Mouth Index
You can now download a pdf index of all contributions to The Cannon's Mouth up to March 2021 here

A Poetry Night with a Difference

The Other Place, Stratford: 3rd Friday of the month.

RSC in collaboration with Apples and Snakes

Writing West Midlands

The region's literature development agency.

Supported by the Arts Council. A programme of all forms of writing activities (some poetry), workshops and events including Birmingham Literary Festival and ongoing programme of events.


Writing Workshops

10 Week Creative Writing Course  Fiction, Poetry, Life Writing with Connie Ramsay Bott a published novelist, short story writer, poet and experienced tutor.

at Warwick Friends Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick CV34 4AX

(almost opposite Lord Leycester's Hospital)

£70 (£65 concessions)

Details please contact Connie Bott Tel: 01926 642 099


Barber Institute

See website for details of events throughout the year

Stratford upon Avon Stanza Group

Third Wednesday of the month

New Venue Falcon Hotel, Chapel St. 19:30 - 21:30.

Contact Christine Michael: Christine Michael

Writers Without Borders

meets at the Birmingham Hippodrome (entrance via Stage Door)..

Contact: Martin Underwood or Vivian Yates

Writers Without Borders is a lively multi-cultural group with many talents and a strong performance record.

Writing Retreat

Monthly at Moseley Exchange a quiet time put aside to write in a conducive atmosphere.

Contact Karen Miller


Worcester Cathederal Poetry Workshops

Newcomers welcome!

 Please check before attending 

10:00 - 13:00

There is a train from Birmingham via University that arrives in Worcester about 09.40.

Each session is led by group member(s)

Attendance fee: £5.00

Please contact Paul Ewlwell for latest information:

Nine Arches Press
As well as publishing, Nine Arches Press also runs a series of readings and workshops throughout the West Midlands. See their website for the latest information www.ninearchespress.com


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