Wimborne Literary festival is this week: Thursday, 1st November-Saturday, 3rd November. There are lots of speakers on all different subjects literary. My poetry workshop is on Thursday afternoon: 2.30-4.30. It will be suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced writers and poets. If you like reading and writing poetry – come along. It should be fun!
The room was bright and spacious,
four triangles of napkins folded ready.
We started with prawns
and then went on to something chickeny.
Our conversation dipped into areas
we thought we shared –
such as children and the politics at the university.
Somehow I realised you, more than your husband,
found this sort of entertaining daunting.
Then you suggested we move
into the conservatory
and we sat in darkness, waiting
as one, then two, black shapes
appeared round the corner of the fence.
Silently, without making a fuss
the badgers lowered their long striped faces
over the honey sandwiches you’d made
and we sat transfixed,
not daring to clink a cup.
First published in ‘The Interpreter’s House’ issue 20.
I’m feeling rather sorry for badgers and so decided to post this poem.
It’s National Poetry Day and The Poetry Society has lots of news about the day’s happenings on its website. If you are a member there is a quiz on poets and quotations that include stars!
I’ve looked through my own poems and very few mention stars. But I have found one which I hope to post here soon.
After the success of Wimborne Literary Festival last year, Gullivers Bookshop is organising another on November 1st-3rd. One of the key speakers is crime writer, Colin Dexter.
I am running a poetry workshop in Wimborne on the afternoon of Thursday, 1st November, as part of the festival. See the website for more details and the complete programme!