Welcome sign of spring as poetry trekker Joe hits the road again
A footslogging open mic poet who makes long treks to poetry events turned up to check out a new Write Out Loud night. Joe Nodus, who sometimes styles himself Joe Yuno, arrived wearing waterproof trousers at Risk a Verse at the Red and Green Club at Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, having hiked for eight hours from Bramley, Leeds.
On his Write Out Loud profile Joe lists some of the poetry treks he has completed, including walking from Leeds to Manchester, and cycling along the Leeds-Liverpool canal to The Poetry Spoke at Birkenhead.
As you might expect, Joe takes a keen interest in the accuracy of Write Out Loud’s Gig Guide, and is not slow to point out the occasional failings of gig owners who have neglected to notify that events he has walked a long way to are no longer running.
Joe - pictured at Write Out Loud's poetry jam in Marsden - adds on his profile: “I must have done a good 500 miles, under my own steam, in the summer of 2013 chasing poetry events.” It must be a sign of spring that he is prepared to brave the weather to start poetry trekking again.
The Red and Green Club’s organiser, Paul Salveson, paid tribute to the success of last week’s Write Out Loud night, saying: “It worked very well, thanks to the organisational brilliance of Julian Jordon of Write Out Loud. We had excellent contributions from Julian himself (especially liked ‘I Need My Car’); Felix, Steve Mellor, John, Jo Murphy and a keen lad who walked all the way from Leeds! We’re hoping to repeat the success of the evening on Thursday 27 March.”
Risk a Verse is a new venture for Write Out Loud's founder Julian Jordon, who already runs a regular poetry night in nearby Marsden.
PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID ANDREW / WRITE OUT LOUD