Saturday 19th November 2016  6.30 - 8.30 pm Penshurst Church

'Times Past, Times Present, in Penshurst'

An evening of words and music, which included poetry and prose by established writers as well as more recent work written by Roundel members for the occasion.

With music provided by John Pargeter (Saxophone, Clarinet), Danny Rivers (Guitar) and Mick Bishop (Keyboard) this was a stimulating evening in the heart of the village, followed by a well-earned supper in the Leicester Arms!

Tonbridge Skyline by Sue Vass inspired by the poem of the same name by Sue King

Sell out event at Old Fire Station, Tonbridge. More than 50 guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of jazz and poetry on Wednesday 16 March, 2016.  The shiny brass and mellow brickwork of this beautifully restored new Tonbridge venue were positively burning with delight at the wide range of poems -  from the cautionary to the sizzling - on offer by Roundel Poets and Open Mic readers.

Roundel Poetry Competition Prize Giving Evening, Wednesday 13 July at the Rose & Crown, Tonbridge.

See Competition page for names of winners, runners-up and poems.

Chain Reaction - Art from Poetry - Poetry from Art

Council Chamber, Tonbridge Castle, 8-13 November 2014

A collaboration between 4Art and Roundel.

Wed July 2nd 2014

Competition Prize Giving evening, Rose & Crown Hotel, Tonbridge.

See our Competition Page for names of Prize Winners and poems.


As well as our regular monthly meetings, we also hold evening events with poetry and music which include readings by published poets, members of Roundel reading their own work and  Open Mic readers.

Roundel has given readings in a number of different venues. If you would like to invite us to give a reading, please contact us via our Contact Page.

The First Ashes

I have fallen through the floorboards

of my thoughts, collapsed beneath

the edifice we built, the place I thought

could last forever.

I watched the cells divide too quickly

but I thought the structure sound

a system or a disease, no doctor could

define the difference.

Back again to a white-faced child

peering through the sofa's bones,

praying for a safety net, a way

to reach the promised land.

They watch from a distance with

not a dry eye, knowing my house,

my being, might be a trap

or a barricade.

Here, deep within, I cannot be

reached, no one to turn to

but myself, buried under the past's earth,

an extinct phoenix.

Extract from 'Long Reach River'

by Margaret Beston

(inspiration for 'Fall' by Jill Goldsworthy

I watch you you sitting there,

eyes closed, not sleeping.

You have returned to those maple hills

where the Susquehanna River flows...

May 9th 2014

A wonderful mixture of poetry and music at our Spanish Connection evening at The Rose & Crown Tonbridge.

After a busy and successful five years, Roundel has decided to celebrate! We're pleased to announce the publication of our anthology Links in the Chain. With 60 poems contributed by members of Roundel, competition winners, and outstanding local poets, the book is 'itself cause for celebration' [Susan Wicks].

The launch takes place on Friday 16 June, 7.30, at the Rose & Crown, Tonbridge. Tickets (£7) from Country Garden.

To order your copy of Links in the Chain (£5) please contact us via our Contacts page.

Numbed by Jill Goldsworthy, inspired by The first Ashes by Jacquie Wyatt

Roundel is a poetry society stanza

Chain Reaction is the culmination of the collaborative art and poetry exhibitions held by 4Art and Roundel. Copies of the book (£8)  available via this website.

Visitors' Comments:

'inspiring', 'thought-provoking', 'interesting concept', 'wonderful interaction', 'an inspiring mix', 'poetry very moving',  'stunning cooperative collaboration'.

Links in the Chain

Celebrating five years of Roundel

Local Poet, Lynne Rees, judges Roundel 2016 Poetry Competition

Roundel Poetry Competition 2016  linked to the Tonbridge Festival.

About the Judge: Lynne Rees, aka The Hungry Writer, is a poet, novelist, psycho-geographer, blogger, editor, creative writing tutor, food lover and liver of life to the full-er.

Born in Port Talbot, South Wales, she now lives on a working apple farm at the foot of the North Downs in Kent.