We had the sunshine of your poems last night at Purely Poetry burning brightly, thank you to everyone who came and read, listened in, applauded and shared in the camaraderie.
We had plenty of new readers (always grateful to hear your work) and welcomed back some people who had not been able to attend for a while; they all came with new delicate, downright funny and heartfelt poems. Thank you, we were honoured to have you with us.
Our readers were:
Peter Adair, Shelley Tracey, Megan Halliday, Patrick McNicholl, Will Donnelly, Linda McKenna, Ross Thompson, Ona Harris, Yvonne Boyle, David Smylie, Thomas Elliott, Helen Hastings, Clodagh Brennan Harvey, Anthony Haughey, Mark Cooper, Geraldine O'Kane, Siobhan McCafferty, Jenny Cleland, David Braziel, Chris Jenkins and Nathan Elout-Armstrong.
And in our overflow cup....
Kevin Murray, Wendy Lewis, Martin Rolston and Mary.
You brought beauty, brutal honesty, unrequited love and fun to the Purely Poetry table; for that we salute you and beckon you to come again! Thank you all for being there for one another, creating a space where people feel supported enough to read their personal often raw poems and to brave their first time. Love to you all.
Remember we are back on Saturday 18th for the Belfast Book Festival Poetry Slam at Crescent Arts Centre, and Purely Poetry open mic returns on Friday 1st July, both at 8.30pm. See you soon!