This was held on March 28th. and people came full of enthusiasm, particularly for the poetry of Wislawa Syymborska though the work of both poets was appreciated. Several people had copies of the Penguin edition of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s work dating from the 1960’s when his popularity was at its height.
Before the ‘read-round’, Ann Barlow filled us in with the two poets’ biographies and achievements which were considerable. Wislawa Szymborska received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. Little did we know at the time of our meeting that Yevgeny Yevtushenko was to die a few days later on April 1st. at the age of 84.
We were delighted to see Jane Sharp at this meeting. looking very well after a long period of illness. We were also very pleased to hear Jane’s poem from The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry. Too modest to read it herself, the poem was read by Isabel Turvey.