17 Mar 2011

Miriam's Otter Book

I haven't collaborated with poet Miriam Darlington in our 'Honey Tongues' poetry duo since last October when we shared the stage at a packed out venue: the Royal Castle Hotel, Dartmouth. The trip there combined driving, ferry-crossings and sightings of seals in the Dart(for us) and Torbay Poetry Festival attendees devouring cream teas with scones the size of babies heads and strawberry jam and with clotted cream as yellow as sunshine.
Our replete audience then savoured our poems of a local and elemental nature. A memorable day, organised by Patricia Oxley, (editor of Acumen Poetry) as a finale of this established local festival. No scone pictures, unfortunately. They all got devoured.

Mim (Miriam)is now heads down, reaching a deadline for her otter book which is due to be published next year. Very exciting - having spent time with Mim over a few years and seen this project in process from time to time - I am looking forward to seeing the full extent of her adventures in print. More details soon.

She is going to be reading her poems - some of which are otter inhabited - on a poetry walk entitled 'In This Garden' at The Tagore Festival, Dartington at 2.30 pm Saturday 7th May.

Sugar and Spice and Big Girl's Blouse

First gig of the year - Sugar and Spice Cabaret at the Barrel House in Totnes on March the 8th, for International Women's Day - 100 year celebration. The venue was packed predominantly but not exclusively with women, the line-up rocked, and we raised £333 for charity

This event - and another on Friday 11th March Big Girls Blouse, were organised by the multi-talented Jackie Juno - poet, comedienne, singer, current co-Bard of Exeter - and many other wonderful things. http://www.brianabbott.info/jackie_juno.htm
The venue was at my house and next-door-neighbour Clare's house - both dwellings packed with lovely women who paid to see Jackie's one-woman show and a few poems by me, win things in the raffle, and to eat cake, drink wine and participate in a clothes-swap. New outfits for all.

Two hundred and something pounds (I have forgotten exact amount) raised for Womankind Worldwide in our living rooms, means that the innovations of Ms Juno and our particularly wonderful audiences raised nearly £600 for charity during this week.