Hunstanton poetry morning and a Shakespeare party

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Two special events have been organised by Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts this month – featuring poetry and Shakespeare.

The next popular Poetry Morning takes place on Wednesday, 10.30am to noon, in the Town Hall basement.

There are six sessions during the year and these are run by the new Hunstanton Community Players Theatre Company; it costs £2.50 to take part and this includes tea and homemade cake.

New members are always welcome and the theme will be ‘Celebrations’ to take in The Queen’s 90th birthday, Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary as well as any other kind of celebration imaginable.

Everyone is invited along to either read their own work or share a favourite poem, or if you prefer you can just sit and listen. Each reader is limited to two poems to begin with.

Further information available from Ann McKimm on 01485 533933.

n On Wednesday, May 25, from 6.30-9pm, there will be quite a party for Shakespeare lovers, again at the town hall.

HDFA will be celebrating William Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with a fun anthology of poems, plays, sketches , music and screenings – all based around the work of the Bard. Several local companies have already agreed to perform, and the town hall will hopefully be turned into the Globe Theatre for the evening.

Admission to the event will be £5 with under-16s going free. Tickets are selling fast and party booking for tables of eight persons will be available for groups; contact Christine Earnshaw or Angela Blenkinsop for details at or – tickets are also available from The Hunstanton Tourist Information office on 01485 532610. Food is included but drinks will be extra.

Elizabethan-type pies, cakes and ale will be on sale at the venue and the fun will begin at 6.30pm.

There will be a presentation of prizes for the sonnet writing competition currently running in the town and a ‘Much Ado’ quiz. Suitable costume may be worn. And there might even be a prize for the best one.