National Poetry Day 2017 in Poynton


Poynton Library is celebrating National Poetry Day with its second annual Poetry Trail, brainchild of author Margaret Holbrook. A range of diverse and captivating poems are displayed in the library and around the lovely shops and eateries of Poynton. I have two poems in the library.  I shall read them and a new poem inspired by this year’s theme of Freedom at the open mic event (see below). Everyone welcome to this free event to recite or listen.


National Poetry Day 2017 Open Mic

On Thursday 28 September at 7.00pm – hosted by author, Margaret Holbrook. Come along and read a poem of your own or a favourite by another poet. Free event; everyone welcome. Refreshments available. If you wish to read, please register on arrival.

Poynton Poetry Trail – 28th September to 2nd October

Still time to do the trail!  – it’s a treat (on Saturday library closes at 1pm.) Guides to the trail are available in the Civic Hall and the library. Car parking right on site.








Merry May – Open Mic Event Tameside 28th May

Merry Month of May Theme – Open Mic Event
Denton Library

Saturday 28th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm


 Tomorrow, come and share readings, or just to listen, about the inspiring  month of May. I’ll be reading a scene from my fourth novel (which I’m currently editing- bit of a slog – hoping to launch this summer!)

If you are starting out or are a seasoned performer, come along and read your own work, or those of other writers, in a very encouraging atmosphere. Bring something on the theme of May, or any work of your own choice. Ideas and suggestions around the month of May included: Merry Month of May, Maypole, May Day, May Flower, Whit Walks and Brass Bands. All welcome!

Admission: Free. No need to book just turn up. Please contact for further information.

Venue:  Denton Library, Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP.

 For more upcoming activities visit the Tameside What’s On Online Calendar.

1st Creative Pot Luck Turns Into Something Of A Feast

                                                                                                 open mic me

When our Glossop Creative Social Group decided to get its feet wet with our first Open Mic session, ‘Pot Luck Creatives Bring In The New Year’, we didn’t know what would be served up. We were in for quite a treat – a diverse plateful of art, music and spoken word.

This was the ‘menu’:

The Wednesday Club, band: surefire starters for warming us up, with their vivacious sound and the ‘smoked honey’ vocals of the lead singer, Zoe Ey. Popular local line-up who generously supported all the other acts by volunteering to set up first and helping with microphones etc.

Me: reading from my latest novel, The Life Coach Less Travelled  (an extract my readers found funny; where the third client of the questionable Life Coach consults her about weight loss).

Steady Eddie, Edman Braithwaite,artist/singer/songwriter/guitarist: upped the beat further, with his song, ‘Positive Vibes’ setting the tone for the whole evening.

Georgia Turner, performing arts, writer: thoughtful and sensitive poem ‘It’s What Happens Now That Matters’; perfect encouragement for the New Year.

Theresa Rowan, poet/musician: hypnotic concoction of percussion and ‘Stream’ themed poetry, invoking ancient roots of folk-lore, both celebrating nature and haunting us with a reminder of the desolation and destruction of man-made environments .

Margaret Holbrook, poet, novelist: delightful segue into our pagan past, with poems ‘January’, drawing on Anglo-Saxon culture, and ‘February’, with allusions to myths and festivals of old, then ‘To Earth, A Love Poem’; charming metaphors of the garden; “In Spring, he saw her in a new light.”

Doug Torr, singer/songwriter/musician: kept us in happy folk-y mood, evoking, I thought, the spirit of Simon and Garfunkel with his original songs and guitar-playing.

Simon Robinson, poet: accelerated us into the the present day at high-speed with his hilariously ironic ‘love’ poems, ‘Texting You’ and ‘Power’, lending new meaning to the term, ‘hot rod’.

Mark Henderson, writer, storyteller : wonderfully-delivered tale of a walk through a graveyard on a dark night, building suspense  to a humorous twist in conclusion.

Rob Stevens,writer, singer/songwriter, guitarist:his song about a soldier going into the trenches in World War 1, poignantly portrayed a sense of melancholic apprehension.

Maddy Kensdale, chanteuse: surprise introduction of a French flavour with an accomplished, moving rendition of Edith Piaf’s ‘La Boheme’.

Phil Poyser, poet: comically brought us back to reality with his New Year poems: Poem One (ends up deleted), Poem Two – ‘New Year’s Lament’, (written a year later and somehow involving Hot Cross buns) and finally ‘Wistful Twister’, revealing ‘Kyliephilic’ dreams of playing ‘Twister’ with the Antipodean actress.

Karl Largan, poet: inspirational tribute poem about the late African-American baseball player, Leroy ‘EverReady’ Roberts; and his short poems, the touching ‘Ghost of A Man’ and the funny ‘Haiku.’

Kat Sumner and Leighton Pennington, musicians : powerful, punchy, bluesy vocals  accompanied by the Latin verve and spot-on chords of the guitarist; a great debut for the duo and ‘going out with a bang’ end to our first ‘Creative Fusion’ soiree.

So, thanks to all: Mark Henderson, a natural raconteur and brilliant MC, to Jenni and Georgia, our youngest members, who decorated the walls with phrases of what New Year meant for us, Edman for displaying samples of his stunning ‘organic art’, the performers, the lovely audience and the staff of The Globe, for providing a congenial ambience and legendary curry. Also to Nicola Worswick, founder of our group, and jointly, the charitable organisation The Life You Choose‘, formed to support and enhance the lives of adults with learning difficulties and their families. Keep posted for our next event to raise funds for that project.