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Our second event, timed to celebrate National Poetry Month was another brilliant evening! Despite being held on Friday 13th it went like a dream – once the new and untried PA system was eventually delivered. It was a great evening – great poets, great audience, great cake.
Lesley did us proud as MC and microphone instructor and Jill deserves a medal for opening the evening with her cabin crew impersonation (explaining that emergency exits while available were out of bounds until the end of the evening!) and two sensitive poems. Laura as doorman and Maria as bookseller – all of us as furniture shifters…what a team effort. And after all that we had to slip into performance mode and read poems too.
Agnes Meadows and Sara-Mae Tuson, our two featured poets, gave blistering performances and braved Q and A sessions with aplomb – even managing to answer, coherently, the million dollar question, ‘What is poetry to you?’
With their very different styles and in depth knowledge of all things poetic, they fully engaged our enthusiastic audience and imparted priceless tips and encouragement.
Open mic spots were all filled – with the later times having to be reduced from 5 to 3 minutes to fit everyone in. The style and type of poetry ranged widely and ensured the audience never lost interest. We would like to thank those brave souls – those we already knew and those we met for the first time on the night – for sharing their writing. Hopefully they will become regulars at Paragram events.