Read in front of the fire,/ read out in the shed./ Read in bed.

A wonderful last Saturday in Southwater Library at our Readers’ Day! It’s the conclusion to my six months there as Reader in Residence, and it was great!

Southwater Reads

Southwater Readers Day Rob reading Robert Harper from Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza

Last Saturday was a wonderful day!  Thank you the great staff at Southwater Library, and also West Midlands Readers’ Network. Southwater Readers’ Day involved sharp-witted teenagers writing a Doctor Who radio play with Birmingham-based writer William Gallagher; Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza came over for the occasion and performed at the foot of Southwater’s escalators, drawing audiences who came racing back for later pop-up poetry readings; Jake Evans the storyteller led a group of skilfully bewitched children and parents on a Story Walk – and William Gallagher rounded off the day with his fabled Get Writing workshop, in which he demonstrates to participants how very distractable they really are.

Southwater Readers Day Giant Poem in prepI sat and typed on my vintage 1932 Good Companions typewriter, which clatters.  I made a start on a Giant Poem for Southwater Library, and encouraged interruptions from library-goers.  Lots of people stopped by and added lines…

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