An Afternoon of Poetry with Becky Cherriman and Michael Brown, by Natalie Warrington

A week ago today we were privileged to launch Becky Cherriman’s poetry pamphlet, Echolocation at the Hyde Park Book Club. Big Bookend team member, Natalie Warrington, was there .

DSCN3283webIt was an intimate reading in the cosy Hyde Park Book Club, with a fantastic atmosphere. Becky’s family, friends and supporters came along to hear her poems from Echolocation publicly read for the first time.

Echolocation is about motherhood, love and loss, adoption and infertility, all based on her personal experiences. This is Becky’s first pamphlet, which was released in February, published by Mother’s Milk Books.  ‘Ultrasonics’, ‘Eucharist’ and ‘Lullabies’ were some of the poems shared and it was brilliant to hear them read out loud; the emotion, brought to life, was so much stronger through her voice.

DSCN3289Michael Brown supported Becky brilliantly and read some of his poetry regarding fatherhood, telling his humorous but heartfelt accounts about life with his two teenage daughters.

The whole afternoon was wonderfully compered by Otley’s new town poet, Matthew Hedley Stoppard.IMG_2800

There was also an opportunity for the audience to join in with an Open Mic on the theme of parenting. We had a wonderful tale about a snow child from Matthew Bellwood and then the Open Mic poets took to the floor to share their own work. It was really interesting to hear their diverse styles and some pieces were very emotive being based on personal experiences. The creativity was certainly flowing! We also sang Alice the Camel for the children (and the adults!) and a rousing Happy Birthday to Michael. It was such a lovely afternoon and I was so pleased to be part of it.


DSCN3290If you would like to know more about Becky and her poetry visit www.beckycherriman.com

You can catch up with Michael Brown on Twitter. Michael has a pamphlet out called Undersong which was released in 2014 by Eyewear Publishing. He is currently working towards his first full collection.

 

Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend Festival. Fiona is the Festival's Coordinator, helping to bring the whole festival together.

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