I celebrated National Poetry Day by chairing a brand new Poetry with Friends meeting in Whitley Bay library. The session, run by Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC http://www.happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk/ was fun. I enjoyed it very much.
We kicked off with one of my poems, Souvenir of Tynemouth. The poem was written earlier this year as part of my ongoing collaboration with the artist Anne Proctor. http://anneproctor.wordpress.com/
We also shared poems by Seamus Heaney, George Charlton, W.H Auden, William Wordsworth, Edward Lear, Issac Rosenberg, Jane Kenyon and Naomi Shihab Nye.
Ellen Phethean popped up again (one of her poems was shared at the last Poetry with Friends in North Shields) and there were two poems each by Ted Hughes, Keats, Yeats, Stevie Smith and Dylan Thomas.
Poetry with Friends @ Whitley Bay Library will run every other Thursday from 11am to 1pm. The next session is on October 16th and the twin themes for the session are Humour and The Mind.
Our Tuesday night Poetry with Friends @ The Mission in North Shields runs every other Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm. Our next session is on October 7th and the theme is Black History Month.
Poetry with Friends costs £3 and includes as much tea, coffee or water as you want. Biccies are usually available too. Please pre book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org