Well it’s been a fabulously busy July, lots of poetry, Pink and sun!
I’m fortunate enough to live within easy distance of the Ledbury Poetry Festival, which I always try and visit each year. This year however, I took part in two events and am still on cloud-nine. The first event was co-hosing The Write On! Writing Squad Poetry Showcase on Saturday 6th July. I co-hosted this event with fellow writer and poet Ruth Stacey who is also assistant writer at the Worcester Writing Squad. It was an afternoon of stunning poems from very talented young writers who can all now write on their CV’s that they’ve read at Ledbury Poetry Festival. Writing Squads meet monthly over ten months each year and are running at various locations over the West Midlands. For more information visit: http://www.writingwestmidlands.org/young-writers-schools/write-on-writing-squads/
Then, on Thursday the 11th, I performed as one of the V’s, with Ruth Stacey, Sarah James and Catherine Crosswell, where we took traditional male forms and subverted them to give them a more feminine and more feminist angle. It was double-bill, with the very talented Decadent Divas performing the second half. The Diva’s being Charlie Jordan, Maggie doyle, Laorna Meeham and Laura Yates. It was an amazing evening with Burgage Hall full, yes, full, and to cap the evening all eight of us were presented with a Ledbury Poetry Festival bowl. The very talented Sue Thompson penned a wonderful sketch to commemorate the evening.
There was time for fun, sun and music at the third Colwall Family Music Festival, with a wonderful and varied line up. My children enjoyed the day and bopping around to their new favourite band – TwoManTing.
To listen to TwoManTing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARGOkDQ3Fzs
Today was the final session and Sharing Session of my first In The Pink Dementia Poetry Project. This is run by the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford and involves poets visiting care homes, nursing homes, day centres and hospitals and listening and taking part in conversations with residents with dementia, we scribe as we listen and then edit their words (with their permission) into poems. We never add, just edit. The poems read and shared today were sad, funny, reminiscent, insightful and bold. It was a very special afternoon. The nursing home laid on afternoon tea with a good selection of cakes. Poetry AND cake, sounds like my kind of afternoon.