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.