And so to Stephen Boyce, reading from his books “The Sisyphus Dog” and “Desire Lines”. His reading was intimate and compelling and unassuming and natural all at once.
We were happy to swap money for his beautifully produced books. On stage, Dónall tried using the fake stuff but was foiled - only the real McCoy secured these excellent collections, together with the gift of Stephen’s pamphlet of poems about Winchester’s historic sites, “Something Persists”.
These are wonderfully detailed yet universal poems. Moments of revelation through tiny incidents, little daily observations, sensual perceptions, open into wide perspectives seen from the corner of an eye, or rein attention back in on an awareness of self, or a lover, a place or a moment in time. We’re reading and rereading, delighted – the exchange of banknotes for words not regretted for a moment. You can read more about Stephen Boyce and his work here.
Here's Richard's news cutting in the Surrey Advertiser this week. We're so glad to have given him this recognition of his efforts.
And finally, we had two surprise open mic readers. Justine, who had been working hard behind the bar most of the night, stepped up to read one of her poems from her school days, and George, a new face at the Bar, read his translation into Welsh of "Do Not Go Gentle" by Dylan Thomas, so completing another night of unexpected pleasures. We hope to hear more from these brave young people in coming months.
This is Justine. We also have video footage that we'll share later with Pete's and Karen's permission.
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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.