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Arran poets David Underdown, Cicely Gill and Tim Pomeroy travelled to Leek in the Staffordshire Peak district last Thursday to present as the headline poets at the Leek Arts Festival.
Last year Peak poets Roger Elkin and Pam Brough were headline poets at Altachorvie reading as guests of the Arran three.
The Leek Arts Festival which has been going since 1977 attracts big names and big audiences. This year the Arran poets shared the programme with the likes of Fairport Convention and Barbara Dickson, to mention but two of the other events.
And the good people of the area did the local poets proud. An audience of some 55 were held wrapt and entertained in the Foxlowe Arts Centre off Leek’s Market Square. Tim read a selection of older and more recent poems. with verses inspired by the large Hadron Collider, God and Little Chef restaurants rubbing unlikely shoulders. Cicely’s poems ranged through gardens and grandparents, hospital waiting rooms and Glasgow Central Station, while David reading from his last publication Timelines, talked of family, children, anatomical specimens and read The Secret of Flying from his forthcoming collection called A Sense of North being published by Cinnamon. Tim concluded the Arran contribution, by request of the hosts, playing and singing, Dougie Maclean’s, Caledonia.
A great event and another milestone in the poetry exchange initiative which has exported Arran writers and brought others here … to be continued.
David and Cicely continue to be the powerhouse of the McLellan Arts Festival poetry competition which is currently receiving submissions for this year’s competition. Visit the McLellan Arts Festival website for more details.
Arran poets David Underdown, Cicely Gill, Tim Pomeroy with hosts Roger Elkin (left) and Pam Brough. 01_B19poetry01