Reading at the Lamb and Flag in Worcester was a fantastic experience. Michael Woods is not only a very good poet himself, he really does know how to organise a reading. What you need is an enthusiastic landlord (thank you Garry!), a lively audience (including the dog), and some good poets. The wine was excellent and - as the Pri-mate (much recovered) tells me - so was the beer.
Worcester poets Sarah James and Jenny Hope (check out Be-Magazine) kicked the evening off with some good readings from their new work, and then Irish poet Nigel McLoughlin read from his fifth collection 'Chora'. This really knocked me out. The poems are linguistically clever, lyrical, spare - I'm hoping to get permission to put one up in the next couple of weeks - and Nigel reads beautifully. It was a pleasure to be part of it.
|Kathleen and Nigel|
Now I'm back in Cumbria for a few days, trying to dig my unruly garden and sort my life out - though I think that might take just a little longer.