David and I have just returned from a wonderfully sunny day on the beach at Aldeburgh,
where we joined other members of Suffolk Poetry Society (SPS) for the
traditional National Poetry Day reading at the South Lookout,
thanks to our Patron and host, Caroline Wiseman, and to members of the SPS committee who had organised the event.
We took the #NationalPoetryDay theme of the
environment, which gave rise to a variety of largely serious poems on subjects
as diverse as the ocean (and the devastation caused by plastic, oil
slicks and pollution), a field where there had once been hedges with birds, and a beach with fossils. While acknowledging the gravitas of the Climate Crisis, we appreciated the occasional moments of wry humour which added to the sense of light and shade.
I read 'Puffin's Assembly'* from my poetry collection, Driftwood by Starlight, published last year by The Seventh Quarry Press (and available here for £6.99/$10).
The chip shop was still open at the end of the readings, and proved more than some of us could resist!
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*'Puffin's Assembly' was first published in Orbis. It was inspired by Robert Macfarlane's nature-word campaign, which resulted in The Lost Words.