Never mind the rugby, the planes, or even the literature festival: grassroots voices put Richmond upon Thames on the poetry map

To be fair, the rugby fans didn’t turn a hair when they encountered a group of poets beside the river Thames in Richmond while they were heading from the pub to nearby Twickenham. On the other hand, they didn’t break their stride. The poets, including myself, were from Poetry Performance in Teddington, a regular open-mic night which has run on Zoom during lockdown - and still does – but has now ventured back to its old stampin...

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