I thought I’d begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.   Spike Milligan

 I’ve recently returned from a trip to Leeds where I was privileged to read at the launch of the #MeToo anthology, organised by Gill Lambert and hosted by Mark Connors and Word Club at the Chemic Tavern. #MeToo is the brainchild of the wonderful Deborah Alma, otherwise known as the Emergency Poet, and is now a strong contender for a Saboteur award – and quite right too.

It was an inspiring evening, packed to the gunwales with an attentive and appreciative audience. Standing room only by the time we began. Apart from my own work, I also read Stella’s touching poem, the title of her 4Word collection, After Eden.

Whilst in Yorkshire, we took the opportunity to head out to Harlow Carr, near Harrogate, to see how their gardens were growing! It was a dry morning but the sky was like a slab of millstone grit and there was a proper Yorkshire ‘nithering’ wind trying to skin our faces. However, like the hardy souls we are (not!) we ventured forth to explore the beautiful gardens, wrapped up like Nanook of the North, despite it being late April. We weren’t disappointed and, even though everything was late, there was much to see.

But, after half an hour, the ends of my fingers, exposed to the elements in fingerless gloves, were beginning to lose all feeling and so we hurried back to the warmth of Betty’s tearooms for coffee and a Fat Rascal. (They don’t do Betty’s famous cinnamon toast at Harlow Carr, so we went for the Fat Rascals instead.)

Finally, here’s a video of Kevin Reid, reading from his 4Word collection, Androgyny. Enjoy. (Click on Kevin’s name to watch it)






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  1. Stella

    Thank you for reading my poem, Lesley, I’m touched. Is that my book washed up on the sand already? 🤣

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