Well, we don't usually hold our open mic night in July (we take a summer break), but I'm so glad we did! I was expecting a quiet night, but amazingly we had another packed house. What a wonderful thing it is to have to put out extra chairs for people...
Thank you to all of those were in attendance, and to all of our many readers, including a lot of first timers (always a joy to hear new voices). In on particular order, they were:
Brenda Liddy, Vincent Hurson, David Smylie, Andy Ward, Sorcha Ní Mhealláin, Helen Harrison, David Braziel, Marie Burns, Michael Bell, Mike O'Neill, Geraldine O'Kane, Eamonn Prendergast, Patricia Devlin-Hill, Anthony Ferguson, Yvonne Boyle, Tom French, Steve Smith, Ross Thompson, Ev McLaughlin, Mario Abbatiello, David Davies, Jim McLean, Mark Cooper, John Mc Guckin, Clodagh Harvey and Jason Ashford.
Public demand may dictate that we hold an August gig as well... no summer break for us! We need to confirm this with the Crescent Arts Centre, but keep an eye on here for updates (we're also on Twitter: @poetryni). Thanks everyone for your support!