No I’m not. I’m quoting from fellow North East poet, Scott Tyrrell who was read and enjoyed at our last Poetry with Friends of 2014 on Tuesday night.


Scott headlined at last month’s Free as a Bard evening at Whitley’s Jam Jar Cinema. He brought the house down that night and one of our regular Poetry with Friends attendees, Alan, bought Scott’s book, Grown Up. Alan did a great job of reading Scott’s poems out to the gang. Alan delivered the line “I am Fortune’s Pervert” with Scott’s impeccable timing. Scott will give a masterclass in poetic comic timing next month at Apples and Snake Scratch afternoon, Finding Funny.

This Poetry with Friends session was all about sharing our own work and throwing in the odd festive poem too including BC:AD by U A Fanthorpe and Family Christmas by Martin Figura. It’s the ultimate Crimbo poem! Seek it out!!

I shared three of my North Sea-inspired  haiku :

On the grey North Sea

white specks are boats dreaming of


At the water’s edge

Sanderlings play Catch Us If

You Can with the waves.

Time spent by the sea:

all our questions answered and

all our problems solved.

Poetry with Friends will return to Whitley Bay Library on  Thursday January 22nd and at The Mission on Tuesday 27th. The theme on the 27th is Beginnings.

Thank you to all attendees plus Happy Planet’s Gail Curry for a series of wonderful, enlightening and life-affirming sessions. Poetry makes life smell, sound, feel and taste better.

Happy Planet