WONDER OF WORDS is republished from https://suewrinch.wordpress.com with her permission
The first ‘Wonder Of Words’ was held at Winchester Discovery Centre on Thursday 28th July and fully lived up to its name. It was an evening filled with a rich variety of inspiring words.
My inaugural ‘guest poet’, Steve Scholey entertained us with a mix of both old and brand new poems. So new in fact that he told me he was just putting the final touches to some minutes before going on! I enjoyed these new poems in particular. They were clever, concise and original, often having a wry twist or a word summing up the poem at the end. He also read poems reflecting his interest in geology and travels to Iceland. A very enjoyable set.
There was plenty of time for Open Mic during the evening and we heard a wonderful variety of voices. Poems, whether poignant, political or humorous were all interesting and affecting, showcasing a great wealth of local talent. We were swept away by a tide of amazing words which is why I love setting up these evenings. ‘Wonder of Words’ will be held regularly on the last Thursday of the month and its main aim is to highlight and encourage local talent. I may occasionally book an established poet – we shall see, but I’m really looking forward to hearing many more of your original and enthusiastic voices over the coming months.