Johanna Boal’s poetry evening, March 19


Many thanks to Johanna for sharing her poetry with Beverley and Holderness members yesterday evening, the 19th of March. I think everyone felt that we came away having been both entertained and having learned such a lot.

In my ignorance, I had thought of a poet’s job as being quite relaxing and that it usually involved simply waiting for inspiration. I know now that it is hard work! Johanna showed us last evening that she gives so much energy and commitment to her poetry. Her research and travelling have resulted in thought provoking poems which are also fun. A lovely poem about Johanna’s granny’s outside privy is a case in point. Also, do read ‘On the bench’ if you get the chance – both sad and happy at the same time.

Richard served tea and cake in a most able fashion! Money was raised (£48) for Keith Hunter’s Police and Crime Commissioner campaign.

Wendy Cross, Beverley Town Branch

Johanna’s book of poems, ‘Cardboard City’, is available from Waterstones in Hull and on Amazon.

The End of a Relationship

For many years Beverley and Holderness Labour Party have had happy times with Keith and Carol at Hodgson’s pub. Now alas the pub has been sold and Carol and Keith are taking a well earned retirement.

We have had meetings there, quizzes there and for many years until this year we held our Burns Night Supper there. Always welcome, always well fed – we shall miss Hodgson’s. We give very many thanks to Carol and Keith and very best wishes for their future