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


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.


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…


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


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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