Words in the waiting
Poetry pours from the pores of poets following the third inspiring Festival of Suffolk Poetry, held on 28 May 2016. A morning of workshops in the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts saw experienced and aspirational poets of all ages sharing their work and fine tuning their skills. The afternoon began with an explosion of talent from fresh minds from University Campus Suffolk and One, Suffolk's sixth-form college; quickly followed by a diverse range of readings from poets from the various Poetry Café’s covering topics like love, cats, politics, gardens and religion. Each poem providing a line, a lilt, a trigger for the 80 or so fertile, listening minds that were present. Then a rapid run through of open mike morsels; a break and an oration on poetry that made teaching seem noble and being taught inspiring once more. The three P’s of poetry then flowed from the tongues of Clare Harvey and Mervyn Linford: people, places and pastoral scenes; to be followed by an honouring of the strong willed poet and Stand magazine driving force that was Jon Silkin from his wife Lorna Tracy and his long term friend Rodney Pybus, In Conversation With Douglas Coombes. Then Myra Schneider opened the door to colour and poured perspective into the myth of the minotaur challenging perspectives and Dean Parkin’s delicious popping of bubble wrap and extensive, enjoyable audience participation accompanied by the fabulous jazz pianist Maurice Horhut saw the evening to a close.
Roll on the 27 May 2017 and the 4th Festival of Suffolk Poetry.
Reporting by Deborah Wargate