'Lovely to hear everyone read at a live event again'
'Great venue and turnout. Felt safe and what a lovely mix of poets'
'I was appreciative of the airflow in the Sculpture Shed'
'Organised and compered brilliantly'
'Thank you for such a lovely day'
'What a wonderful place'
This event (to be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjJhH00tKhs) was organised by Pat Edwards, originator of the Welshpool Poetry Festival and took place in the airy Sculpture Hall, (previously a large sheepshed) at Mid Wales Arts Centre where it was easy to ensure good covid security. Performers and a maximum capacity audience of 30 were socially distanced between large scale works by Rosemary Terry whose projected kitchen installation is currently being exhibited. There was plenty of hand sanitiser and contact details were kept.
Pat hosted three headline poets, Chris Kinsey, Kate Garret and Glyn Edwards from North Wales with his young family. Each read for 20 minutes and took part in a short Q&A session. The afternoon also included shorter readings from two guest poets, Jen Hawkins and Graham Attenborough.
A special feature of the event was that it was live streamed, accessed through Facebook, You Tube and Eventbrite and is still available through our website. This enabled people who were not sufficiently confident to attend to still join in. We know that 50+ people took advantage of this.
Feedback via social media has been very positive and includes lots of positive comments about the quality of the poets, the safety of the venue, the hosting, the accessibility and in particular, the joy of being able to attend a live event after so long.