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.
Monday October 5th was a horribly wet day and it was surprising that anyone ventured out in it - but they did, and there were fourteen readers as well as audience. Cecilia Delatori was our guest and as usual she livened up the dark day with her songs, her little black guitar and her lovely smile. And how I wish I'd been there to witness Alex de Suys, dancing Cecilia's Tea Towel and Coasters Dance!
Kyle and Eddie read with their accustomed lyrical elegance, and Ray, Geoff, Lorri, Alex Twyman, Andy Frost and Alex de Suys read with their usual style and verve. It was great to see Tracey Marion back as a reader, blooming and reading three brilliant new pieces - she wants to have her cake and eat it, she says!
Ray Pool (right) brought Alan Bennett into the Keystone - to the life, it was agreed. I've been enjoying Ray's poems online, too.
Dónall had a few new poems to start the night off, including two anti-war poems and his account of how he faced his teacher's wrath by teleporting himself into the Startrek Enterprise by means of dream, merrily splitting infinitives on the way. He also read from Paris Lit Up no.3, which has published a poem by Dónall about writer's block and two of my collages. This journal is a high class production by a brilliant writer's group in Paris, so we're very glad to have been included. It's the only open mic to visit if you're in Paris midweek.
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..
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.)