Full house and almost full moon at The Mission tonight. Poetry with Friends kicked off not with poems but Gail’s delicious homemade broth and stotties and baguette from Pat and Linda.

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Three newcomers joined regulars to play about with our theme “Big Spooky Bang.” We shared work by poets including Adrian Mitchell, Anne Sexton, Dylan Thomas, Edgar Allen Poe, Swinburne and, er McGonagall.

Newcomer, The Legendary Ken Creen, performed twice and regular Alan was inspired to write and then read out a poem during the session. Regular Elizabeth shared a moving poem about her grandmother.

I read out the lyrics to Elvis Costello’s Indoor Fireworks from his King of America album and Linda read a poem by Paul McCartney.

The next Poetry with Friends at The Mission is on Tuesday 18th November at 7pm and the theme is “Illness, Health & Disease.” Cue Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Keats…

The next Poetry with Friends at Whitley Bay Library takes place next Thursday 13th at 11am and the theme is “Secrets.”

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