The Herons Poetry Group

Poetry group – every second Monday

The Herons are a fortnightly critique group for poets from around the world looking to share their poems and get constructive written and verbal feedback. We’re open to all genres, forms and styles of poetry. Many Herons have published poems and are currently working towards a first chapbook or collection. That said, don’t worry if you’re new to poetry or if you have never been to a writers’ group. It is important to us that we create a safe and supportive environment for aspiring, emerging and experienced poets looking to help each other improve their craft. Just come prepared to read, discuss your work, and receive feedback with an open mind.

If you are interested in joining The Herons, please sign up through the Strange Birds’ MeetUp page. Most participants are regulars, which means that we cannot always accept new poets. However, you are always welcome to join our waitlist and/or audit sessions to see if you enjoy our feedback format. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Joe or Dilys through MeetUp, or send us an email at We look forward to meeting you and to reading your work. 

The hosts

Dilys Wyndham Thomas (she/her) is a Belgian and British writer currently based in Amsterdam. Dilys has lived in Saudi Arabia, Belgium, France, Germany, Jordan, the UK and the Netherlands. As well as co-hosting The Herons poetry group, she is an assistant poetry editor at Passengers Journal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including Wild Roof Journal, Rust + Moth, Beyond Words and Willows Wept Review.

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Joseph Clegg lives and writes in Haarlem, The Netherlands. His fiction and poetry has been published by Bandit Fiction, Potato Soup Journal, Avatar Review and Confluence, and he regularly writes about jazz and hip hop for BRICK music magazine.