Kyle read us rich painterly poems full of golden winter light, about herons and owls, celebrating the end of the year. One or more of them will shortly be published on the "Stage to Page" section of our site.
Kathy read poems about landscape with her usual humour and verve, and Andy Low answered Dónall's implied challenge with his love poem "Transparent" and some new pieces.
Richard came up, with some energetic new poems. It was good to see Andy Frost again, too, reading his Scottish landscape poems.
Graham Buchan, our first guest poet, read a stonking set. He has recently come back from reading in Iraq, where he was invited to read at the Babylon International Festival. The poems he's brought back from the experience are dark and moving, stark and honest, as we know to expect from Graham. He balanced these with poems of ironic black humour, reading some directly from the Pop Up Anthology where we published them this year.
Alwyn Marriage was our second guest, with her new book, "Travels with a Camper Van" written during a trek in said vehicle across the snowy wastes of Mont Blanc. The poems brought to life the beauty and harshness of mountainous landscape, in the warm atmosphere of the Bar. Alwyn also told us how she had fortuitously become managing editor of Oversteps Books after her friend, the previous editor, died. Oversteps now publishes collections of poems by aspiring writers. Alwyn herself has always been a poet but is also a philosopher with an MSc in environmental architecture, and holds a research fellowship at Surrey University. She is now writing a novel. Her set was delightful, humorous, lyirical and so relaxed.
Our third guest, Graham Brown, had come from his home on the Isle of Wight bringing a set of his poems ranging from reminiscences of childhood in the pre-digital, horse-drawn era to cheeky-chappiness and even a love poem. Graham had us all smiling in recognition of his cleverness in rendering the pun an art-form!