Successful Launches

This has been quite a week for Carol and Kate (see posts below), culminating in the launches of their new collections.

A packed room very much enjoyed the readings from all three poets. Hazel Cameron isn’t a member of our group YET, but would be very welcome to join us!

Launch of the 3rd Ripon Poetry Festival Anthology

RWG made a very good showing in this year’s Anthology with Lindsay Trenholme winning first prize for ‘Bottled Ocean’and seven other members – Carol Mayer, Christine Summers, Ian Gouge, Kate Swann, Maggie Cobbett, Susan Perkins and Sheila Whitfield – also having one or more of their poems included.

Also pictured are the indefatigable Andy Croft and Sarah Moor, who seem to have been omnipresent throughout the Festival. We’re very grateful to them and to their colleague Philip Trewhitt for all their hard work as well as to Simon from the Little Ripon Bookshop for manning the stall at many events.

Unfortunately Susan was unable to attend this event, so we’ll look forward to hearing her poems on a future occasion.

If All The Trees Were Bread And Cheese

There was a good audience turnout for this event, with short talks on different wines and cheeses interspersed by poetry and song.

It was unfortunate that the original positioning of the festival banners was beyond the reach of the sole microphone, but they were moved part way through the evening to give a better background to performers.

Participants from RWG were Sheila Whitfield, Carol Mayer, Daphne Peters, Maggie Cobbett, Ian Gouge, Kate Swann and Christine Summers – who performed with her husband Dylan. An enterprising gentleman from their table was able to improvise a microphone stand for them! Audience member Lizzy Goddard also read one of her poems. The photographs below show the performers in the same order as above.

Change to advertised programme

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the adjudication of the Artistic Licence competition has been postponed to the meeting on Tuesday, 26th November.

The meeting on Tuesday, 1st October will now feature a series of writing challenges.

Our friendly group meets once a fortnight in the Old Deanery on Minstergate, opposite Ripon Cathedral and is always open to new members from the Ripon area and beyond. Whether your interest is in poetry or prose, novels, short stories, plays, wacky humour, a more analytical style of writing, or just listening for the time being, you're very welcome.

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