Poetry Events at St Aidan’s Hall

In addition to the Poetry sessions which are part of the main programme, Poetry will take centre stage at St Aidan’s Hall on the Saturday of the festival weekend.

“In Praise of the Ode”: A Poetry writing workshop with Anne Ryland, 10 am -12 noon.

Local poet Anne Ryland will be running a poetry workshop from 10.00 am- 12 pm. Anne’s poetry workshops are guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing.  In this session, participants will explore this ancient and celebratory form, with a particular focus on the odes to everyday objects by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. There will be a variety of exercises to inspire new odes, from lofty to playful. Please bring something to write with, and on.

Entrance free: booking essential.

Anne Ryland

Poetry Cafe ‘open mic’, 12.00 midday-3.00pm

The Poetry Cafe is for writers, readers and listeners, who love poetry, or want to find out more about it. This will be a friendly, informal event, with delicious poems and scrumptious cake. Bring some poems to share, or just come along and listen; drop in for a coffee or stay all afternoon.
Email blfpoetrycafe@outlook.com if you would like to book a reading slot.

Refreshments will be available – poetry and chocolate cake,
it doesn’t get any better than that!