Birkbeck Poets 7: Sometimes, what a Sunday evening needs…

… is the humanity, warmth and wisdom of a pub full of poets. With my ‘member of the audience’ hat on (although ‘the MC in the hat’ was absent-mindedly hatless on this occasion), last Sunday was a day when I most definitely did.

So this post is a thank you to all the poets who not only read such excellent and diverse work, ranging from the laugh out loud – whether at the joy of life or its absurdity – to the profound, but who also helped to create such an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for readers and listeners alike. For once, I can type ‘thank you for sharing’ without a note of sarcasm.

Our apologies to those whose image we didn’t manage to capture (not least to Lesley Sharpe, who not only took these photos but organised the event with her customary aplomb), but the photos below are at least a partial memento of a fine evening.

Please watch for updates on our Facebook page or Twitter feed (@birkbeckpoets) for details of our next event, which we are hoping to organise before Christmas.

Amanda Crane

Amanda Crane

Consuelo Rafart

Consuelo Rafart

Dave Wakely

Dave Wakely

George Hassibis

George Hassibis

Geraldine Bhoyroo

Geraldine Bhoyroo

Ian McNab

Ian McNab

Sue Greenhill

Sue Greenhill

James Mitchell

James Mitchell

Jim Conwell

Jim Conwell

Judy Hepburn

Judy Hepburn

Len Lukowski

Len Lukowski

Martina Evans

Martina Evans

Melvyn Jones

Melvyn Jones

And a final personal thank you to my musical partner for this and many other evenings, Rich Moloney, without whom not only would I be a solitary (and instrumental) Jazz Monkey, but also one whose life would be more than a fraction less full. Time to start working up some more new songs for Birkbeck Poets 8!

The Jazz Monkeys (Dave and Rich)

The Jazz Monkeys (Dave and Rich)

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