The Central Coast Poets Inc. aims to:

– promote excellence in poetry;

– provide a forum for poets to read and discuss their work;

– present their work and that of other poets to the public; and

– raise the understanding, and appreciation, of poetry in the local community.

Central Coast Poets Inc. is a group of practicing poets who meet monthly to workshop their poems, with a view to improving their craft through critical input from peers. CCPi meets in the afternoon of the second Saturday of each month, at a public venue near Gosford.  Membership vacancies currently exist.  Meeting attendance by non-members needs to be prearranged by contacting us.

Part of the group’s charter is to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of poetry in the wider community. To this end CCPi host a regular national competition and publishes an anthology, and periodically sponsors poetry- related workshops by other members and other poets.  Some members participate in public presentations which have ranged from multi-media pieces involving photography and music to dedicated poetry readings and live-lit performances.

Central Coast Poets Inc. had its origins in 1979, eventually becoming The Central Coast Poetry Society.  This was disbanded in 1986 and reformed in 1989.  During this year the first Henry Kendall Poetry Award was run for Central Coast residents only.  The competition is now a national one, attracting entries from critically acclaimed emerging poets as well as new writers.

The organization has gradually shifted the focus of its monthly meetings to one where members’ poems are discussed in a workshop format which focuses on poetic form, genre, structure, language and imagery.

Contact Us


Central Coast Poets Inc.

PO Box 582

Gosford NSW 2250

The dates for the next Henry Kendall Poetry Award 
                   are yet to be finalised.
Please watch this site for the call for entries.

Winners of the 2014 Henry Kendall Competition were John Carey, Irene Wilkie, and Carolyn Gerrish.

 Click here if you would like to buy the 2014 anthology
 featuring their winning poems for $AU15.00
(postage within Australia included).

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