Poets gathered for National Poetry Day

Thursday 6th October was National Poetry Day and to mark the occasion we joined forces with the Guille-Allès Library to present a special open evening giving local poetry enthusiasts a chance to share their favourite works.

Guernsey Arts Commission Film, Poetry and Prose Sub-Committee member Livia Bluecher attended the event:

“A small gathering of Guernsey’s poetry lovers came together at the Guille-Allès Library, to celebrate National Poetry Day. An audience of about twenty islanders and visitors shared a few glasses of wine and read their favourite poems.

“The poems chosen were a delightfully eclectic mix: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Second Song of the Nightwalker in German and as translated by Robert Bly was followed by a recitation of work by local poets Fred Williamson, Lyndon Queripel and André Trolic.

“A rousing rendition of Dylan Thomas’s Do not go gentle into that good night alternated with The Broken Road by Guernseyman Shaun Shackleton; a poem about noisy roof repair by local writer Maurice Sangan led on to Rudyard Kipling’s Gunga Din.

“Among many other poems, favourites by former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, English poet Anthony Thwaite, Alaskan Poet Laureate John Haines, and British-born American Denise Levertov rounded out the evening’s poetic rainbow.

“The gathering had been organised by Susan Jones, Lester Queripel, and myself with the help of the Guille-Alles Library.

“The next day a new arrival in Guernsey’s poetry scene sent one of the organisers an email with three new poems. She said the evening had inspired her to “write like crazy”.

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