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October: Voices in the Oak Room

October 3, 2012

Wells Festival of Literature starts next week and runs from 12th to 20th October. On Sunday 14th from 10.30am at the Swan Hotel in Sadler Street there will be a free drop-in day of readings by poets who perform regularly in Bath, Bristol and Wells, with additional open-mic sessions on the theme “Journey”. (All open-mic slots have now been filled.) There will be a book-stall selling work by some of the poets. We’ll finish at 2.30 in good time for everyone to walk over to the Bishop’s Palace for the reading of the short-list for this year’s Wells Poetry Competition at 3pm, followed by the prize-giving at 4pm.

Entrance to the Bishop’s Palace

Palace outer walls and moat

Here’s something I wrote after “Voices in the City”, a similar event in Bath this spring.

The Hearing Dog at the Poetry Reading

No bigger than a handbag

and just as quiet

though not asleep

on her owner’s lap

a soft coffee-coloured

half-terrier, half-poodle:


did she absorb the gist

of each poem she heard,

and later, fed and walked,

did she enact them all

from memory

before her owner’s eyes?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2012 6:58 pm

    a sweet thought, dogs serve in so many ways.

  2. November 23, 2012 7:57 pm

    Thank you Rachael, and for your help in making it a good day!

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