After six-year 'exile' poets are back at Sowerby Bridge's Puzzle Hall

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The Puzzle poetry open mic night has returned to its eponymous home at the Puzzle Hall pub in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, in another welcome sign of live grassroots poetry making a comeback after the end of lockdowns.  

According to Puzzle Poets veteran Freda Davis, the last time Puzzle Poets performed at the Puzzle Hall was in January 2016. Since then it has become a community-owned pub.  

Organiser Hayley Docherty said on Facebook: “We weren’t sure how the first Puzzle Spoken Word night would go, but, by the end of the night, there were 25 people there (15 of whom shared pieces they’d written)! Absolutely thrilled by the turnout and the beautiful words! Thank you for making it such a roaring success!”

Freda added: “It was a lovely evening with an age range from twentyish to 80 (me).”

The next Puzzle spoken word evening at the Puzzle Hall Inn will be on Tuesday 22 March, with the theme of the evening puzzles and games.

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