Asked to compère the MWC event for Ledbury Poetry Festival for a second year; a great honour to be introducing a selection of our talented members and friends at the lovely Seven Stars pub.
This year it was a much tougher gig due to several factors: a Friday night (the pub was packed; our “reserved” area was very much pre-occupied by after work drinkers who weren’t all poetry enthusiasts); the planned radio mic malfunctioned (the pub staff were great; within minutes Plan B – a boom mic – was in operation); and our musical interlude, though charming, was inappropriate for the venue.
No pictures because I was too busy on the night juggling poetry, poets and the best surprise breakfast ever (yes, a bit late; it was a busy day), sardines hot from the pub’s BBQ thanks to my wonderful husband.
A couple of days later Linda Blackett led our proceedings as MWC members read alongside The Hills Poets and Malvern Storytellers for a Malvern Civic Week event in the Malvern Theatres foyer. It was a superb three hour session with time for poetry and prose – and in the foyer it was pleasantly cool. A complete stranger accosted me to tell me how much she was enjoying it, which made my day.
Aside from those MWC events, I was delighted to help at Ledbury Festival again this year – stewarding, making tea in hospitality, hosting lovely Leanne O’Sullivan and her husband all the way from Cork for a few nights and even braving event management. (I didn’t tell my lovely poets I was a novice until after their event had passed off smoothly. Phew.).
So many wonderful events I heard and a bundle I couldn’t make because of the day job (including Leanne’s) or because they clashed with my stewarding duties. I loved my friends in the Vaginellas and Decadent Divas raunchy yet thought-provoking session. Another highlight for me was a workshop with Jacob Polley, looking at how we might take a poem and develop it further. Fascinating to hear his analysis of all our poems.
Glad it went well. Shame you couldn’t go to everything you wanted to. Like me you need a clone.
Cheers, Darkdreamer. Why not come and stay for next year? You’d love the festival. x
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Myfanwy Fox’s blog on MWC at Ledbury this year.