Poeming Bliss

9 Oct

What a great weekend for me (though possibly not for poetry):

Friday Afternoon:

Poetry reading by Suzanne Batty, followed by a Q&A session and workshop, at Stockport Central Library.

Suzanne Batty

Suzanne read some of her poems (not enough; I could have stood to hear more) and members of the audience (not me) asked intelligent questions (I rest my case).  Then she had the group analyse a couple of poems by other poets, based on National Poetry Day’s [4 October] theme, Stars.  It was like being back with the Open University.  Better than eating Maltesers.

Finally, we had to use the theme to write our own poem.  Ten people produced ten very different poems.  Mine was a complaint about the retirement of the space shuttles.  I’m not talking to NASA at the moment.

The high point of the whole afternoon was wholly unexpected.  A middle-aged man next to me had come along to the reading to experience something new.  He was taken aback to find himself part of a workshop.  He has never written anything in his life, and was embarrassed to admit he only managed three lines. Three lines that proved to be a beautiful haiku.  I was thrilled for him.

I took some pictures of Suzanne but my camera and I disagree about the use of lighting, so they didn’t turn out.  The camera always wins.  Fortunately, Suzanne had given me permission to lift her photo from her Facebook page.  She really is as nice as she looks.

Saturday Morning:

Poetry workshop at St Peter’s Church Burley Memorial Hall in Waverton, Chester.

Not as grand as it sounds – we drove past it seven times and only found it by accident: stopping to ask directions, I looked out of the window to find we had parked in front of a sign saying, St Peter’s Church Burley Memorial Hall.  A squat but pleasant building.  The vicarage was a manor house and looked bigger than the church.

We had thirty minutes to kill so we popped into the beautiful church to look around.  It is 900 years old, we were told; and we got to touch stone that still has the chisel marks from when it was quarried almost a millennium ago.  A brilliant feeling. I enjoyed it so much, I forgot to take a photograph.

The workshop was fantastic.  Offered by the Church of England and run by the rather sweet Julia McGuiness, it introduced us to ways of writing our faith, using our faith to write (not the same thing), and cinquains.

I think I’m in love.  Cinquains are such fun!  I can’t believe I’ve never written one until the four I now have in my notebook.

Monday Evening:

Write Out Loud at Stockport Art Gallery, while it’s still open.  Poems for the reading of.

Stop the Closure of Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial during the Week

Part of the Write Out Loud network, we meet on the second Monday in the month to read our poems aloud and sort world affairs.  Not every WOL group is like ours: many of them are proper open mic events.  Our group is small and everybody knows everybody else and it has simply fallen into this particular pattern.

We might not be around much longer.  Stockport Council wants to close the art gallery Monday-to-Friday, including our indoor War Memorial, and install just the permanent collection and nothing else.

I intend to write a poem in protest.

If you think stabbing a knife into the heart of the arts in Stockport is outrageous; and closing a War Memorial five days a week is a slight to those who fought and died in several war, then please sign this e-petition: 


The Council’s perfidy aside, I had a lovely weekend.  

Net Result:

  • 4 Days
  • 3 Events
  • 13 Poems (unlucky for some)
  • 1 Happy Tilly
  • 1 Gushing Post

30 Responses to “Poeming Bliss”

  1. jmgoyder October 9, 2012 at 12:50 #

    I am so jealous – it sounds wonderful!


  2. mairedubhtx October 9, 2012 at 13:43 #

    My! You’ve been a poetry-writing fiend lately! That’a a good thing. I tried signing the petition. Hope it worked. My computer had a bit of trouble with it (my computer’s fault). Places like that have a duty to be available to the community all week, I think. Or else, what’s the point of having this great building just sitting there? Anyway, I’m glad you’re having such fun writing.


  3. Al October 9, 2012 at 13:49 #

    That sounds like a great weekend. I’ve learned a bit more about poetry, thanks. I am a little disappointed though that you asked for directions…….but then that’s just me.


  4. patti October 9, 2012 at 15:19 #

    What an adventurous and interesting weekend! Thanks for taking us along for the ride.


  5. laurieanichols October 9, 2012 at 16:28 #

    Better than a malteser, that says it all. I clicked on cinquain, I learned something new thank you.I signed the petition, your cause is something that I feel strongly about, the public commons are an integral part of society and should not be treated as pieces of property solely designed for profit, they are investments in culture, learning and appreciation, there isn’t a price tag for that. I’m so glad that you had a fantastic weekend doing one of the things that you love and do so well.


  6. Pseu October 9, 2012 at 17:31 #

    How many in your ‘Write out Loud’ group?

    It would be so sad to lose your venue… but would there be an opportunity to meet else where if this option closes?
    Our group meets up, taking it in turn in each other’s houses – but your group is probably too big for that. Locally ‘The Back Room Poets’ all meet in a pub with a back room (believe it or not) that doesn’t charge. Our local Stanza meets at the organisers house….


  7. sharechair October 9, 2012 at 19:56 #

    What a special weekend! I’m jealous! 🙂


  8. vivinfrance October 9, 2012 at 21:53 #

    Great that the poetry is flowing. I signed the petition and left an impassioned messge.


  9. bluebee October 9, 2012 at 22:30 #

    Bliss, indeed! When can we read your poems?


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife October 11, 2012 at 10:16 #

      I closed my poetry blog because I was neglecting it. You can read one of the poems when I ask you all to review my SA poems collection, however…


  10. kateshrewsday October 9, 2012 at 22:42 #

    Wow…there must have been such a buzz in the air, Tilly! Sounds wonderful!


  11. Three Well Beings October 10, 2012 at 04:31 #

    What an artfully saturated weekend! 🙂 So cool!


  12. eof737 October 11, 2012 at 04:43 #

    You are a busy lady! 😉


  13. Grannymar October 11, 2012 at 15:46 #

    That was one wonderful weekend with like minded people, nothing like it to get the ideas flowing.



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