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5th Ripon Poetry Festival

What a packed few days these have been! 

Thursday evening saw me at Ripon Library to take part in the open mic night with which this year’s festival began. Hosted by flamboyant Newcastle poet Donald Jenkins, it was well attended and very entertaining.


On Saturday evening I was at the Arts Hub reading ‘Separate but Equal’, my contribution to this year’s anthology. Inspired by many visits to Fountains Abbey, it reflects the busy life of one of the lay brothers without whose support the monks would have been unable to spend their lives in prayer and copying manuscripts. Also in the photo above are other members of Ripon Writers’ Group and/or Write-On! Ripon.

This afternoon I was at Thorp Prebend for the annual showcase of Ripon Writers’ Group. Our numbers were somewhat depleted by other commitments and illness, but it went well. Caroline (on the left of the photo) joined us from the audience to read one of her poems.

Afterwards, I attended the launch of Bradford poet Jim Greenhalf’s latest collection, ‘Dummy’, and finally the posthumous launch of David McAndrew’s ‘Collected Works’. David was a member of RWG for many years and is still very much missed.

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