Poetry Bites: Helen Calcutt, Sarah James
I have had my eye of this event for a while but have never managed to make it to a night. The Kitchen Garden Café is a fantastic venue and Jacqui Rowe hosts a superb night. For just £5/£3 you get to see TWO top guest spots and plenty of talent from the floor in 3 minute slots.
A few of us planned to go to support Sarah James, who performed a very strong set – complete with tulip! She looked as if she was enjoying the evening as much as the rest of us.
I knew there were floor spots but only decided last minute to join in. I am glad I did, the audience was very warm.
It was the first time I had heard Helen Calcutt, although she is very involved in the scene our paths have not yet crossed. She has a dance background, so there is some common ground there and she looked incredible after recently becoming a new mum! Amazed that she is back to performing so soon afterwards.
Although I know of Jacqui Rowe I have missed all her workshops, surgeries and events up until now. It was lovely to finally meet her in person and a treat to hear her poems.
“One of the top 10 venues for poetry in the UK” (Susan Richardson, Radio 4).