We have enjoyed a variety of literary events this last fortnight. We celebrated National Poetry Day
(or 'Week' in South Wales
) at Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, birthplace of Dylan Thomas
. Thanks are due to Annie and Geoff for laying on a number of events, and to Peter Thabit Jones of The Seventh Quarry
for organising a programme of readings for last Saturday night.
It was good to meet Ian Griffiths of the Suffolk Poetry Society
and Geraldine Green
from Cumbria. Singer-songwriter, Maria Lindström from Sweden, was on tour, and read some of her work bilingually. We were sorry not to coincide with Susan Richardson
, who was performing on a different evening. Peter Thabit Jones directed - and acted in - a performance of his verse drama, 'The Boy and the Lion's Head
'. David and I read alongside fellow Quarry Poets, Jean Salkilld (Tuesday Poets) and Lynn Hopkins (author of 'Creatures of a Dead Community
', Seventh Quarry Press). Jill Goodwin-Croke read poems by Dylan and Caitlin's daughter, Aeronwy Thomas
, including one about walking in her father's shadow in a literary kind of way.
' was the assigned theme for this year's National Poetry Day, so I chose my poems with this in mind, reading 'The Ocean's Tears' (a Tercet Ghazal about a children's tide fight) and 'Lament of a Lewis Chessman' - about chess (just in case you were in any doubt!).
A lot seems to have happened since then!
We spent this afternoon in UCS
at a lecture by Faber
novelist, Louise Doughty
, sponsored by the Suffolk Book League
. Louise's latest novel, 'Whatever You Love' was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Louise, however, is also well known for her how-to
book, 'A Novel in a Year
' - and I was pleased to buy a signed copy from her before she left Ipswich.
|University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront, Ipswich - venue for Talk by Louise Doughty|