Suffolk's Own Eisteddfod

The founder

For the first five years the Eisteddfod was organised by Robin Herne (that's me, folks) with much appreciated help from various friends and the good people at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. After the 2014 event I decided to take a break. Thankfully Fiona Dowson stepped into the breach and offered to run the Eisteddfod for 2015. You can contact her via

The event is a non-profit celebration of the performing arts of poetry and storytelling. We aim to keep the expenses (such as advertising) to a minimum, and will invite donations on the day to help cover running costs. Any money left over will be donated to the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

Robin got the idea for this event after becoming the first ever Chief Bard of the Fens, at the eisteddfod held at Peterborough's Flag Fen Centre in 2008. He is a founding member of the Gippeswyk Storytelling Circle which meets on the first Monday of the month at the Margaret Catchpole pub in Ipswich, a published poet and author (of Old Gods, New DruidsBard Song, and an anthology of esoteric murder mysteries A Dangerous Place) and regular contributor to BBC Radio Suffolk and Pagan radio UK.