But three weeks into this hectic Guildford Fringe Festival month we almost began to feel that the work and play for July had reached a peak and passed it, with the success of the Wordplay 2 Poetry Cabaret last night at G-Live in Guildford. It was the third Guildford poetry event Dónall had hosted in three weeks, following the Keystone Fringe Festival Slam on July 6th and Poetry at the Bar des Arts on July 14th. And on 9th we appeared as poetry courtesans at the Poetry Brothel in the Legion. We've also attended several of the excellent plays and shows that the Fringe has generated and spent mornings promoting our own and other Fringe events. (Many shoppers in Guildford now recognise our red hats as the uniform of poets!)
July's not over yet, and Dónall and I have one more exciting poetry event before the fat lady sings, because on 29th Dónall's going to feature at the other "Pop Up Poetry", the event that inspired us to find our own new name, twelve months ago. Marva Jackson Lord of G-Riots.com organises this one, in Hay-on-Wye. We've visited Hay and met her before. She's a lovely welcoming lady and we thoroughly enjoyed her event and the lovely town of Hay, which contains even more books to the square foot than our house.
So here are slideshows of the photos from the last three weeks and we'll go back to reviewing in more detail next month. For the rest of July we'll rest up and enjoy the memories.
July 2015 Week 1: First there was the Winchester Hat Festival reading...
Then there was ... The Keystone Fringe Festival Slam: July 6th
Week 2 there was ... The Poetry Brothel: July 9th
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and Poetry at the Bar des Arts: 14th July
Week 3: Wordplay 2 at G-Live: 20th July
The supporting poets were amazing, too. Anna Kahn's wonderful love poems were so beautiful that as I edited the video clip I made, I found I had tears in my eyes! Steve Pottinger gave a strong and kindly humorous performance, full of compassion as well as a little of his reputed anger. Dónall Dempsey was his usual volatile and dynamic self (we all know where our popliteal fossae are now, especially the long-suffering Anna, his demonstration model !) Oh Standfast was as surprising as ever. Cecilia Delatori celebrated Leytonstone , Berkshire and Dame Maggie Smith with wit and panche and her black (size 12) guitar. And Eddie Chauncy sang and told about love in all its forms, with elegance and ease.