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As stated in the front of our first ever magazine, way back in 1976 "Our aim is to encourage the beginner as much as the established poet, in the hope that the former will eventually become the latter. Nothing spurs on the enthusiastic, though inexperienced poet, more than the sight of his or her work in print."
 
Thirty nine years later, we are fortunate to have a great many 'experienced' and, indeed, excellent poets in our membership of 150.
 
Our quarterly magazine 'Salopeot' always includes a mix of poetry by potential prize winners and promising beginners. The annual Members' Only Competition with an entry fee of only £1 per poem, gives an ideal opportunity for all our members to test their progress against their peers within the society.
 
Further encouragement flows from the quarterly newsletter 'Snippets' within the magazine, in which are printed comments from members regarding their favourite poems in the previous magazine. A mention in Snippets is akin to a 'Mention In Despatches' in the Armed Forces - not quite a medal but received with satisfaction.
 
Our Past President Allister Fraser M.B.E. has written a superb 'poetry primer' entitled 'The Art Of Poetry' - a very readable little book which has helped many of our members to improve their technique.
(See list of Society Publications).
 

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