#Fal River Festival Poetry Day Workshops at #Truro Community Library

I can\’t believe it\’s been six days since I ran the Poetry Day Workshops!
We did the children\’s \”Down with Mushy Poems!\” workshop downstairs in the children\’s section of Truro Community Library – which caused a bit of surprise when people came wandering in hoping to read something to their kids. Well, we were drumming and shouting and putting together this Angry Poem.

Angry Poem
I\’m stamping up the stairs!
I\’m very very cross!
My mum says \”Go to bed!\”
And I won\’t!

I\’m breaking lots of pens,
I\’m very very mad!
My mum says \”Tidy up!\”
And I won\’t!

I\’m slamming all the doors,
I\’m very very rude!
My mum says \”Calm down, love.\”
So I will.

Afterwards, Polly and I worked on a poem together about a graveyard and Lowenna worked with Dawn (who was helping me) on a poem about Black Hearted Lilly the Pirate.

The afternoon performance workshop got noisier and noisier and quite a few people stayed to help read \”The Jabberwocky\” by Lewis Caroll to begin the Poetry Slam.
Jason Dawes, Aaron Kent and Carol Stephens (who wasn\’t even going to enter) were the winners.

Bring a Bottle and a Poem – an evening on the river with King Harry Ferry

Well that was fun – an evening on the Fal River with King Harry Ferry Co, taking advantage of the extra-high tide today, going up all the little creeks that are usually too shallow in the Enterprise II. (Be still my throbbing heart, the Enterprise I wanted to go on as a teenager was a little bit different).
One thing about the Fal River – it knows nothing about restraint. It is gobsmackingly, vulgarly beautiful. Every turn, every inlet – Nature going, yeah, look at this! Ya think that\’s good, what about THIS?
Plus poetry in aid of the Invictus Trust. Of course, I was only there to read selections from \”The Poetry Diet\” and tell people about the poetry workshops I\’m running at Truro Library this Friday 8th June 2012. (See below)
There was great singing, some heartbreaking poetry from a nurse who\’s served in Afghanistan and Bert Biscoe, constant thorn in the rump of Cornwall Council, on top form. Plus Tim Light had clearly collared some highly expert Druids and organised a lovely dry evening for us.
He\’s planning to do it again soon. I\’d be even more excited if I\’d managed to finish the whole bottle of wine I brought. Don\’t worry. I\’ll be there.
This is the program for Poetry Day at Truro Community Library:
10.30 – 12.00 Children\’s workshop – \”Down with Mushy Poems!\”
How to write poems that scan with drumming and shouting.
12.15 Me reading from \”The Poetry Diet\” which will also be available to buy.
2.00 – 4.00 pm \”BOSS – how to perform your deathless verse\”
Poetry performance workshop for adults – with more drumming and shouting plus a mass rendition of Jabberwocky.
4.15 – 5.00 pm – POETRY SLAM – come and cheer for your favourite poetry performance.
Prizes: general prize sponsored by King Harry Ferry: a day out for two on the Fal River plus lunch at the Smuggler\’s Cottage;Special student prize: lots of beer from Skinner\’s Brewery.