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Wenlock Poetry festival 2015 – some personal highlights, in pictures – I have run out of words … well, almost… | Fair Acre Press
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Wenlock Poetry festival 2015 – some personal highlights, in pictures – I have run out of words … well, almost…

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Wenlock Poetry Festival Anthology 2015. Thanks to everyone on our Kickstarter campaign who made this happen ! Thank you to the 56 poets who both appeared at the festival and donated a poem to the anthology. Thank you to Anna Dreda, as always – but particularly, in this instance, for asking me to edit and publish it – an absolute pleasure. Thank you to Maurice Riordan – who, when I gave him a copy, asked me to sign it ! What an honour !!! I hope everyone enjoys reading it, as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

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What a line-up ! It looked very exciting on paper, but was even better in the flesh ! Thank you Anna Dreda and Carol Ann Duffy for co-founding this festival. Thank you committee for appointing LISA BLOWER as your programme director this year ! WOW !!! Thank you volunteers who were always extraordinarily helpful and happy – and without whom the festival would have ground to a halt. Thank you poets !! And all the events I couldn’t fit in !! Just knowing you were out there added to the excitement. Thank you Lisa, from the bottom of my heart for booking e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: the History of the Universe in 45 minutes – for being organised, professional, thoughtful from the moment you started organising this weekend, so many months ago…

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Here are some of my souvenirs of the weekend… Signatures from Maurice Riordan, Jonathan Edwards and Kathleen Jamie into books I have read and re-read and brought along to the festival with me. All three were wonderful events – and the chats afterwards were very precious xx

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Here are books I bought at the festival, and can’t wait to read – plus I need to buy Luke Kennard’s poems. Kei Miller’s “Cartographer” and Maurice Riordan’s “The Water Stealer” are already well-thumbed

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