The first of two visits to Lichfield this week:
On Tuesday, The Spark Cafe was once again packed out for an evening of poetry, hosted by the Lichfield Poets and ably compered by Gary Longden. The chicken and roast veg couscous went down a treat with the help of a pot of Earl Grey or two – just the ticket at the end of a working day followed by an hours’ drive. The formula: same as Shindig – ten or so open mics plus two guest poets in each half.
Hotfoot from their weekend at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, Crystal Clear Creators’ Jonathan and Maria Taylor guested to close the first half. Jonathan amused and entertained with a poem and a short story on a musical theme. Maria read poems from her new collection, Melanchrini (Nine Arches Press). Needless to say, said publication is currently gracing my handbag cum poetry swag bag. Jane Seabourne and Nick Pearson of Offa’s Press opened the second half. Two contrasting voices: Jane’s beautifully-crafted behind-the-facade imaginings and Nick’s sharp and humorous take on the world of work.
Once again, a high standard of open mic poetry. And good to catch up with Janet Smith, my fellow poet on the O Bheal Twin Cities Poetry Exchange in August.
Next Poetry Alight: Tuesday 2nd October