The 1000 Monkeys were invited to host Mike de Souza's PoetryJam again last night, and we had a great time, with some of our Guildford regulars coming along, and lots ofl new faces both as audience and as readers. Karen Izod was featuring with her lovely landscape poems, including some new ones about the far reaches of the Outer Hebrides, and her thoughtful poems from last year, marking the centenary of the First World War.
As often happens, we began the evening feeling a little bit anxious, but this time it was not for the usual reason. Usually we're worried about the night including too many poets and not enough audience - but here we were, at 7.45. worried that we had a big group of listeners and only three poets, Justin, Alex de Suys and Andy Low! Luckily, the cavalry arrived in the shape of Bryan Baker, Andy Frost, Amy Deakin, James Lyall, Luke Kiraga, and Matt Matthews. There were persistent rumours of another James approaching the building to read in the open mic, but sadly, and to his loss, he didn't materialise!
So here's to the next time! Maybe we'll get to meet James Leach then!
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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.