And there have been lots! This sculpture The Old Sea Cat by Liz Watts at the exhibition Beached at Love Clay gallery in Stoke on Trent. This was back in April. Stunning and the best inspiration I've had for poetry in a long time. Absolutely buzzing when I came out of there. Many thanks to Dawn Gorman for a great workshop and to Liz for taking time to talk to us all. The readers evening was also amazing - just from this one sculpture I had the basis for poetry, a short story and a flash fiction. The December event is a must - just booked.
Featuring poetry by -
Emily Rose Galvin
Mel Wardle Woodend
Got my place in the Poetry Slam, Poetry Workshop and Open Mic. 3 days camping and only 40 minutes from home! Better get my sh*t together!
Her Last Spring
She sat on the garden window ledge,
elegant and erect as a Queen,
as proud as a ship’s prow.
If you had not known
her pretty kitten-face as I had
you would never guess
her time was less
Spring, and the sun was warm
on her soft coat of spices.
I was glad of the warmth, that she could feel it,
Though I could not believe it,
I knew it would be soon.
She was gone before the Paschal Moon
I spent April in Cornwall,
where spring was well underway
and Padstow Bay
was bathed in a bridge of rainbows.
As gulls strung themselves across the sky
I tried not to cry.
I will be reading at the 6 X 6 Reading Cafe at Hanley Library. A new story "If you believe they put a man on the moon" It's not about the moon, or conspiracy theories, nor is it science fiction or fantasy or whatever you care to call it. It’s certainly not romantic. So please come along and listen, and support local writers and libraries.
With thanks to Six Towns Radio www.6towns.co.uk/ for permission to use their broadcast and to photographer Brooksie for the images on this personal video