But not the last poetry open mic night at the Keystone ... now read on!
Well, it happened again! A bunch of poets in a warm friendly pub managed to have a warm friendly enthusiastic evening exchanging words in front of an enthusiastic warm friendly audience!
Outside, Guildford dripped muddily. In the Keystone, we held the slam-that-is-not and laughed at the inspired craziness of David Goo and what he called his “silly” songs.
It was great to have so many Surrey Uni students in the audience, and three among the readers as well. The contest as far as they were concerned was between Elaine Stabler and Thomas Harding, who had challenged each other to a poetry duel (better than a poet fight, which tends to be scratchy and slappish!). That's Thomas, in the top photo - a confident contender!
Dónall as host led the running with some new poems (and some teasing of Leo and Elaine!) and then we were off. (Unfortunately there was a rather noisy group round the corner in the other bar, so the sound quality isn't great on this video.)
Alicia Buller snatched third prize from that strong contender, Thomas Harding,
Elaine Stabler again claimed the tiara of second prize
and Alice Thurling was crowned Queen of the Prom, accepting a signed copy of Hilary Mantel’s “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher) as first prize.
David Goo, our headliner after the break, gave us a choice - gentle lyrical pieces or craziness? After a sample of his “silliness” there was no going back and we ended the evening laughing madly with him as he gave us “A Drop in the Bathroom” and a song about sexual development (not his own, he hastened to assure us). He’d warned us that there might be vulgarity – and there was – and there was great guitar picking and fantastic humorous timing too.
So that was the last Keystone Slam. Next month on December 9th we'll have the first Keystone Open Mic Poetry night - a Christmas edition to start us off with a bang! Same rules - second Tuesday of the month, signing up 7.30 for 8pm, five minutes each, and friendly fire only! We have the wonderful Dirty Carols as headline guests on 9th. December.
Thank you to our lovely audience last night, who offered all the poets so much appreciation and applause - we hope you'll be back to celebrate the new series of poetry nights, and maybe to read yourselves in the even more pressure-free atmosphere of the Keystone Open Mic Poetry Night.
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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.