The Summer Celebration, June 27th.
The date seemed to steal up on us after all the preparations that had been made and at first we thought the weather would be against us but all turned out well.
This year our two poets were Danielle Hope and Michael Loveday, who had travelled from Bath. We were also honoured with the presence of David Perman, Danielle’s publisher. Danielle has four collections of poetry with Rockingham Press and Michael has a pamphlet ‘He Said/She Said’, published by Happenstance and is working towards a collection.
Both poets have done a great deal for poetry in that Michael writes reviews of books and was the publisher of 14magazine for all of its fourteen issues. He also teaches creative writing to the over-50’s for The Open Age Network.
Danielle was a trustee of Survivors Poetry for 5 years, is an editorial advisor to the well known poetry magazine Acumen, and previously ran a magazine, Zenos, featuring British and international poetry in translation. She translates herself, from Italian.
After they had read to an attentive audience, both poets and David Perman went out of their way to talk to everyone as they circulated between tables at the buffet. People were warm in their appreciation of the poems they listened to and the poets’ interest in our Poetry Circle and its members. It was the general opinion that the two poets had complemented each other perfectly and many people bought copies of ‘Mrs Uomo’s Yearbook’ from Danielle and competed for the few remaining copies of Michael’s pamphlet.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to make this event happen and thanks to Jane Sharp who took the photographs.