Summer in Guildford this year turned out to be unusually long, sultry and sunny, and autumn winds and cold weather have only this week arrived. But autumn began badly when I broke my leg on August Bank Holiday and had to miss September's and October's open mics at the Keystone. August Bank Holiday was a washout as usual but I hardly noticed.
Staying at home nursing my plaster cast, I wrote about Donall hosting September's gig with a video of the whole evening to guide me. But no video will help me to describe the Keystone Open Mic on October 5th, because the camera was damaged - so this won't be as full or accurate as I would like, but I'll give it a go.The first three photos here are by Geoffrey Pimlott, thank you, Geoff.
Only Alex de Suys could create a brilliant poem about traffic cones, everyone agreed. Lorri breathed new life into that old masterpiece, the Ayenbite of Inwit, Geoff delivered a verbal political / weather map - bad news for and in the north, from most points of view, it seems.
There were four new readers to the Keystone, James Holbrook, Jim Carter,Tony B, and Sara Knurowska, all very welcome.. Sara and Jim had sent us some of their poems to read beforehand, and it was a double pleasure to hear them read.
We're very sorry to say goodbye to Geoff and Lorri Pimlott (above) as they're off to their winter home in Thailand soon. We'll miss them as well as envying them their good sense! They go on writing when they're away and we'll look forward to hearing their new poems in the spring.
We're always glad to see new Surrey poets coming to read at the open mic, and having passed our first anniversary at the Keystone, we're looking forward to another great year of poetry in Guildford through 2015 and 2016..
Next 1000 Monkeys Poetry Open Mic:
A free event
The Keystone Pub, 3 Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4BL
Date: Monday November 2nd 2015
Time: 7.30 :- 10.00pm (sign up from 7pm)
Raymond is a one-off, a force of nature, whose mild rants defy most description. Come and be puzzled, amused and possibly shocked!
(And he has a book of poetry too.)
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Janice & Dónall Dempsey
We are poets, writers, spoken word performers, editors and organisers of spoken word events, based in the United Kingdom.