Poetry On Tap


Recap: Clare Potter and Duncan McGibbon at Poetry on Tap

What a fantastic Valentine’s Day edition of Poetry on Tap! Duncan McGibbon began by reading a selection of gentle, considered poems on religion and life, followed by Clare Potter’s stirring poems about family and love. Both were greatly appreciated by the attentive audience gathered there.

Surprises galore in our open mic section with the advent of the Open Mic Lucky Dip. With seven reading slots filled and more readers in reserve, we thought it fun to add an element of chance to the proceedings, with the 8th reader drawn from a funky purple hat.

In a delightful turn of events, Siân Mile and David Foster-Morgan, the lucky 8th reader, were both winners, selected by our featured readers to receive prizes from Poetry Wales, Mulfran Press and Cinnamon Press. Congratulations, Siân and David! And well done to Malcolm Lewis, who received a special mention! I guess this means there’s no excuse not to be at the next Poetry on Tap. Come early to book your slot — or come later to try your luck with the Lucky Dip!

After all that excitement, the afternoon concluded with a selection of heart-stopping love poems from Duncan McGibbon, which must’ve raised the temperature quite a bit, as Clare Potter announced before she began her reading, ‘I almost fainted!’ (Well, it did get quite warm.) I’m sure many would agree her reading brought her time in New Orleans to vivid life. One audience member made sure to tell me, ‘I had a really great time! Oh yes, I’ll come again to the next one.’ Now, there’s an endorsement!

–IA


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