Poetry on request

A couple of weeks’ ago I was invited to do some poetry for the audience of a showing of Paterson at Hereford Courtyard. Ledbury Poetry Festival brought three of us to chat to film-goers and create on-the-spot poems on whatever the audience members wished, one-to-one. It was my first experience of instant writing on demand so I was nervous but not for long because I was working with Brenda Read-Brown and Phillippa Slinger. Everyone was so warmly enthusiastic; my customers seemed delighted – I even got a hug. Adrenaline and then poetry flowed. Afterwards, Paterson, a gentle study in poetry and love, was a joyful reminder that the smallest things in life can make a difference.



Photo credit Phillippa Slinger, Ledbury Poetry Festival

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