This evening brought a festive close to the season and the promise of new beginnings for the year ahead. There were gifts in the poems each of us read out and in the sharing of nibbles and drinks. We listened to work by the Navaho and Tennyson and Thomas Hardy, by Gillian Clarke and Elizabeth Jennings and Maya Angelou, by Leonard Cohen, WS Merwin, Seamus Heaney, Billy Collins and Simon Armitage and many more. We brought to mind the old year and the new, the way the reading of poetry inspires the writing of poetry and the way words address loss. There were stars choosing to be flowers, beetles with spruced-up sheen and rills amongst hidden crags.
Notes by Helen Overell.