A full house again for the new series of Pighog poetry readings at the Redroaster cafe last night. Here we have Tim Beech reading from two of his books. Great stuff and Tim, we learn, is a shepherd as well as a poet. Wioletta Grzegorzewka reading her touching poetry in Polish with English translations.
A new experience for me to hear the music of the Polish language and then have it beautifully translated.
Last but not least the warm and wonderful Ciaran O’Driscoll,
Added to the intoxicating mix we had a few brave open mic poets, of course, in the shape of Chris Isles, Pete Howells, Brian Fogarty, Dee Anlngi, Jinpa Smith and Alice Walker who all read their poems about such things as bees, love and life like professionals, which of course, some of them are!
But just in case you forgot to put that date in your diary here is the next one and then on for the whole season, once a month.
Thurs 28 Mar
Oh, and in case you are wondering if I’ve got shares in ‘Piggy’ or something! No! It is just that there is such a lovely atmosphere, a great DJ with music to welcome you in! True I do help out on the door sometimes and once in a while manage an open mic slot. But where else do you get such a range of talented poets on your doorstep, great to hear and if you are an ‘apprentice’ poet like me, listen and learn?
I think that one of the nicest aspects of it is that you can go on your own and feel like part of the wider ‘poetry family’. Enjoy a tea, coffee, or glass of wine, not forgetting super cakes, all served with the usual care and attention of the lovely staff at Redroaster.
OK I’ll shut up. See you there next time? Ann