A warm welcome from The Downland Poets

A warm welcome from The Downland Poets. We are a county poetry group, for residents in East and West Sussex.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Book launch for local Eastbourne writer

The book launch for Rudolph Bader's "White Lies" novel will be held at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne on Friday, 8th June at 6-8pm.  This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. 

The link to the book:

Below is the press release, further details about the press release and information about this new novel:

After the great success of his previous novel, The Prison of Perspective (2010, 3rd ed. 2016), Eastbourne-based author Rudolf Bader has published an intriguing new novel entitled "White Lies" with Andrews UK (May 2018).  The story takes us through three generations from 1920s Germany to present-day Britain, whereby a considerable part of the story is set in Eastbourne.

The novel challenged us to ask whether we can ever truly escape from our past, or will our history always catch up with us in some unforgiving way. 

The book launch for this novel will be held on Friday, 8th June from 6-8pm at the Towner Art Gallery in Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

April Meeting

Meeting:  Monday 9th April: Theme: poem on a painting or other work of art.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

March meeting

Our next meeting is on Monday 5th March.  The theme is set forms of poetry.

Monday, 15 January 2018

January 2018

Our next meeting is on Monday 22nd January.
This is the AGM, plus poems of your choice.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


15th August, 2 - 4:30pm. £5 per person. Refreshments available.

An informal afternoon of original poetry and music written and hosted by The Downland Poets together with The High Weald Poets. Music will be provided by The Keith Willson Band.
A Sussex theme will prevail and there should be time during this creative and original afternoon for some open mic offerings.  Marquee cover.

Full details on the website: http://www.pickhams.com/summer-trifle.html  

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Monday 8th May

Our next meeting is on Monday 8th May.
There is no set theme.
Instead, there will be a short workshop writing for 7 minutes on a word that is revealed on the night.

Monday, 17 October 2016

November meeting

Our next meeting is on Monday 7th November.
The theme is Love and Laughter.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Meeting: Monday 3rd October

 Our next Meeting:  Monday 3rd October: Theme: Hills, dales, mountains, valleys.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Poetry Cafe Event - White Horse Inn on Wednesday 24th August, 2.30pm - 5pm.

Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green 19 - 28 August

The Poetry Cafe Event will be taking place at White Horse Inn on Wednesday 24th August, 2.30pm - 5pm.

The Downnland Poets will be reading and discussing their work, with live folk music and original contributions from Chris Liddiard and James Neilson Graham.There will also be an open mic. for local poets of all ages.

The poetic theme will be predominately Sussex (places - past and present) but other themes welcome.

Come along and have fun!

Venue details: The White Horse Inn, Bodle Street Green, BN27 4RE

Monday, 23 May 2016

Next meeting Monday 6th June.

Our next meeting is on Monday 6th June.
The theme is trains, boats and plains, (or) trains (or) boats (or) planes.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

09/04/16 Theme: memories

Our next meeting is on Monday 9th May.
The theme is memories.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Next meeting 07/03/16

Our next meeting in on Monday 7th March. The theme is a poem by one of your favourite poets and a poem of your own, in their style.