Poetry breakfast

Poetry, coffee, people …

Poetry Breakfasts used to take place in Much Wenlock, at Aardvark Books, at The Poetry Pharmacy and the Bleddfa Centre. Now, they happen in my sitting room ~ and yours!

Poems on a given theme are chosen by anyone who cares to take part. Those poems are then published on our Books and Poetry page.

We then invite (via my newsletter, or on social media) an audience to join us. Everyone is very welcome! As a member of the audience, all you have to do is turn up with a cup of coffee (sorry you have to bring your own!) and enjoy the unique pleasure of being read to for the best part of an hour! We ask nothing more of you than that.

If you think you’d like to try it, just sign up to the newsletter, or send me an email.

Some comments from our audience:

Anna, that was such a wonderful start to the day! Thank you! I shall definitely join the next poetry breakfast zoom, it felt like such a treat.

There were so many poems that affected me but two in particular – Hold out your arms by Helen Dunmore and particularly – Washing my Mother’s hair by Char March. 

I can feel tears welling as I’m remembering them again and was so in awe of Char reading hers. 

I’m so grateful that you’ve supported my journey into poetry and although I’m a novice the joy I’m getting is wonderful and life affirming, thank you. 

Thanks for a really enriching event, I can completely understand that you were reticent about trying to recreate Poetry Breakfast on Zoom, but I think it worked really well, and it was so lovely for people to see each other and make connections across the 4 countries.

I so enjoyed that and felt so lucky to be able to join in. I have often thought about rising at the crack of dawn and driving over to Much Wenlock to have coffee, croissant and poetry but never made it.

I had to write and say what a lovely hour that was today. I was feeling pretty grumpy and down at this never ending situation today but I feel much better after that session although 2 or 3 of the  poems moved me to tears. On the strength of Winter Swans by Owen Sheers, which I have read again since this morning and thought was utterly beautiful, I have just bought Skirrid Hill from the Poetry Pharmacy.

Thank you for all your work. It was balm to the soul.

Particularly fabulous zoom session this morning, Anna – thank you!  Wonderful poems, and I didn’t know Tess Jolly’s work at all, and it was a beautiful revelation.

A belated ‘thank you and it was brilliant’ for Poetry Breakfast last Thursday. I can’t remember hearing so many poems together that moved me so much. Some wonderful readings, read with such feeling that made the hour so wonderful.

And here are some photos from when we used to meet in real life!

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