I need to brush the cobwebs off this blog. So consider this post as a metaphorical broom…
There was an old woman tossed up in a basket,
Seventeen times as high as the moon.
And where she was going I couldn’t but ask it,
For in her hand she carried a broom.
“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” quoth I,
“Where are you going to, up there so high?”
“To sweep the cobwebs out of the sky,
But I’ll be with you, love, bye and bye-bye.”
I’ve done lots of readings lately, and I’ve enjoyed them all.
It was a great honour to be asked by Nottingham Poetry Series and the NTU Creative Writing MA to read at the first ‘Poetry Cafe’ at the Flying Goose. I read in company with Jack Underwood and John Lucas – a fine set of contrasts there – and it felt amazing to be there, although I did feel a bit like an impostor! (what, me, a poet? hahaha!)
Somehow I managed to volunteer to put together an hour’s worth of readings by representatives of Nottingham Writers’ Studio for Oxjam Beeston… this took place in the Barton’s bus garage on Chilwell High Street, with a background of old buses (and chattering teeth – apparently it was cold, although I didn’t notice). That was excellent too – lots of interesting poetry and prose. Jenny and Rosie from Candlestick Press started the session, then DIY Poets took over, and we finished off. I was very proud to be part of a great fundraising day, which raised over £4000 in total. A special mention must go to Lord Beestonia, who capably introduced the readings despite (or because of) being off his head on flu medication! Go read his blog, it’s excellent… and it was lovely to meet the man himself.
Finally, I read yesterday at Ladyfest Nottingham, which I think was one of the best readings I’ve ever done… not sure what made it good, but I felt confident in myself and my poetry, and I absolutely loved seeing the effect it had on the audience. Actually, I think the quality of the other readers (Niki Valentine, Dori K, Sandy Hopton, Melanie Legge, Nicki Hastie, Chrissy Thornhill, Sandra Frost, Terri Lucas, Rebecca Towner, Lynda Clark, Giselle Leeb and Rebecca S Buck) pulled my reading up to their standard. Particular mention should go to Sandra Frost, who had us all in stitches with her account of ‘a routine gynaecological procedure’… I doubt if many people would have realised it was her first reading!
Kicks up the backside
Thanks to Emily Cooper, who reminded me that I haven’t blogged for ages…
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