5th Ripon Poetry Festival

We were well represented in this year’s anthology, with Sheila among the judges and poems by Solvig, Maggie, Ian, Carol, Christine and Denis included.

This afternoon saw us at Thorpe Prebend for our annual showcase, introduced by well known Ripon poet Paul Mills. Ian, Kate, Ros, Sheila and Maggie read a selection of their poems, both serious and humorous. Maggie also deputised for Carol and Pam for Peter, neither of whom was well enough to join us. In addition, audience members Caroline and Bill asked if they might read and we were happy to invite them to take a turn.

It has been a busy weekend, with some of us also attending other events in the packed festival programme, including the posthumous launch of David McAndrew’s ‘Collected Poems’. He and the late Elizabeth Spearman, both long term members of RWG, were two of the leading lights behind the First Ripon Poetry Festival and will always remain in our thoughts.

Our friendly group meets once a fortnight at the St Wilfred's Community Centre on Trinity Lane 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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