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The objects of Central Coast Poets Inc. are 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 practising poets who meet monthly to workshop their poems, with a view to improving their craft through critical input from peers. Central Coast Poets Inc. meet in the afternoon of the second Saturday of each month, at a public venue in Gosford. Membership vacancies currently exist. Meeting attendance by non-members needs to be pre-arranged 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 national competition and publish an anthology every 2 years, and periodically sponsor instructional visits by other poets. Some members participate in public presentations which have ranged from multi-media pieces involving photography and music to dedicated poetry readings.
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 well-known and critically acclaimed poets as well as new writers.
The organisation has gradually shifted the focus of its monthly meetings to one where members’ poems are discussed in a workshop format which focuses on form, structure, language and imagery rather than the topic of the poem.
Central Coast Poets Inc.
PO Box 582
Gosford NSW 2250