Glenys Feeney: north-west poet and compere 'with sparkling wit'

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A poetry organiser in the north-west has paid tribute to “a dear friend” with a “big heart and sparkling wit” after the death of poet and compere Glenys Feeney, pictured on the right.

Christopher Coey, pictured centre, said: “Glenys compered the Moreton Arms poetry evening in Wallasey, and the Wirral Ode Show at the Stork hotel, Birkenhead, and at the Egremont Ferry pub, Wallasey. She was the compere of The Poetry Spoke at La Gondola, Wallasey, and for a time also at Gallaghers pub, Birkenhead. In effect she compered two poetry nights a month, month in month out for over six years. She also compered an eight-hour poetry marathon at the Bluecoat chambers as part of National Poetry Day celebrations.

“Glenys compered, and Chris and Nat organised in the background.  She also introduced countless poets and musicians to their first ever readings and their first ever guest sets.  She was a wonderful woman with a big heart and sparkling wit: never old, always ready with a one-liner and a joke; poets and musicians right across the north-west will have warm memories of her. She gave an enormous amount to poets and to the poetry scene in the north-west, was a dear friend to many, and will be greatly missed.”

The funeral is being held on Thursday 23 April at 11.45am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Prenton, Wirral, and at 1pm at Landican cemetery, Wirral. For more details contact





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Chris Co

Sat 25th Apr 2015 18:56

A big thx to Greg for putting this obituary up at such short notice - without it some of Glenys' friends would have missed the funeral. It meant a lot.

We are currently speaking to Glenys' friends at the folk club with the idea of putting on a poetry and music night in celebration of her life. When we have some details I shall post them here and email people.

It will be nice to do something positive in her memory; good too to see everyone in a way that she would have wanted, with poems, songs and smiles.

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Harry O'Neill

Fri 24th Apr 2015 20:21

On behalf of all of us poets who benefited so much from the efforts of the three of you, many thanks for your
praises of Glenys at her funeral was an honour
to be there.

(and what a happy photo)

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John Coopey

Thu 23rd Apr 2015 21:33

Sorry to hear this news. I only met G on a couple of occasions when I came across the hills but she was warm and friendly to me. Condolences to all her friends and family.

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Harry O'Neill

Wed 22nd Apr 2015 10:20

How sad to hear of the death of Glenys. You are absolutely right to tell of the enormous amount she gave to the poetry scene. I have many happy memories of the events she compered with yourself an Natalie at the various locations. Her dedication (despite her poor health) was a shining example to us all.

We will be attending the funeral.

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Dave Bradley

Wed 22nd Apr 2015 08:54

Glenys was a smasher - lovely warmth, appreciation of others and sense of mischief. The interplay between herself and the poets was a joy. The time she was carried up the stairs at Gallaghers, too unwell to climb them herself, was unforgettable. Queen of the evening.

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