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.
Scotland’s Liberal and Socialist Bard, Robbie Burns, held another successful fund-raising night and this time at the Memorial Hall, Beverley. Well over a 110 people attended to hear the Piper, to celebrate and eat the Haggis. The introductions and thanks were made by George McManus, who also told of the history of Burns. Speeches were made by Leeds East MP – Richard Burgon, Steve Gallant Chair of the Bev&Hold CLP, Patrick Wilkinson, LGC and Clare Wildey, Bev committee.