My special guest speakers were Zen Master Ken Jones and Welsh Italian author David Subacchi.
Ken Jones was a gentleman. I loved the wit contained in his haibuns. He’s a man who’s mastered the art of English haiku. It’s amazing what this man can do with the simple 5-7-5 syllable matrix. Ken writes about the full spectrum of the human experience and entertained the audience with his warmth and humour.
Our second guest speaker – David Subacchi, read a huge variety of poems ranging from teenage angst, to capsized tankers. I loved his James Bond poem – very suave and sophisticated with a great twist. His poems about the Victorian church and the other one about the flooded river were quite memorable. David’s a natural performer who talks from the heart.
Everyone worked really hard to put together a fantastic evening of poetry and flash fiction. We had talent from a variety of groups. The Word Distillery Poets were in residence tonight, giving me the encouragement I so badly needed.
Diversify Poets were on their game – reading a variety of material. Jenni pretended she was nervous, only to come out with a stunning performance. It was great to see her do her stuff. Her poem about Wilfred Owen is profound and deep. Gwyn did some cool recitals. I loved his poem about drone warfare. His double-edged wordplay on console was cleaver to say the least. His poem about friends never returning his books was hilarious.
Thanks also to George who read his stuff with good humour. His observations about irritating DJ’s were right on mark. Great stuff. I think we’ll be hearing much more from this guy.
The Wednesday Group pulled out some memorable poems. Caroline read a wonderful piece about the poet Ted Hughes. I loved the sharp contrasts in her poem – the underlying violence hinted at in her sunlit stanzas. Liz read an amusing Christmas poem which put everybody in the spirit. Mary stunned us with her assonant poetry. Her piece about Aber Castle was wonderfully evocative. This lady puts the flash back into flash fiction. I really and truly enjoyed all of the contributors from the Wednesday Group.
Nice to see contributions from the Lantern Lit Poets, Helen amazed us with her poem about a scary day in Finsbury Park. She reads her work under lantern light – that’s how she can read such microscopic text! Nicky made us smile with her tale the size of a postcard (or thereabouts). Lovely to see them both do their stuff.
Also thanks to Lez for inviting me to read my material at the Friendship Inn. I think I’ll take up his offer this Christmas and turn up with a pocket full of poems.
Thanks also to our techies Peter and Joe. These guys did a wonderful job engineering the sound and lights – these guys can work magic in 15 minutes.
I really enjoyed hosting the show tonight. The evening ran along smoothly and we finished bang on time.
Thanks also to Rachel for the cool posters and e-flyers.
Cheers Gill for all your help in promoting Chinwag. You kept me informed and I appreciated your assistance in helping me promote our authors books.
Cool Job everyone. Thanks Sarah for taking care of all the backstage stuff, plus the website and tech… XXX.
As always G you are a star!