The first Spoken Word Night at the Bar Des Arts of 2015 had an evolving audience as the first-comers mostly stayed through till 10.30, and at about nine o’clock they were joined by the later shift who came through the door from their working day and added their voices and applause to the total. The result was a lovely evening with twelve open mic readers, Eddie Chauncy and Cat Randle in good form as featured readers, and an audience that was only gradually depleted by the need to catch trains to Portsmouth and Merton.
Gareth Toms (left) relived his days taking lessons at Dick Van Dyck’s School of Dance, and opened the kitchen drawer on the secrets of romance and marriage.
Amy Deakin, a new friend whom we met at the Tea Box in Richmond, first spoke up (ironically) in the voice of a rabid and blinkered UKIP member, then told a story of the launch of a spirited, radical solution to the problems of an overcrowded world – why not persuade women to want to buy products that would make them shrink and leave more room for men!
Liddy Brookes (left) also read from her work in progress: a collection of poems about a relationship, told through the medium of food. Her references to the “smells of content” from bread, and “Candy Sutra” whetted our appetites for more of her poetry and her lyrical metaphors.
Karen Izod took us to Pilgrim’s Way and then to city life, and Graham Brown’s set (picture below) included an elegy for Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street) whose death, tragically young, from cancer, was announced this week.