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Entry: Free


Poets with poems appearing in the New Mills Festival Poetry Trail will gather for a round-robin reading of their poetry.

For the first round, we will read our poems from the trail. From there, poets can read what they like.

If you'd like to read at this event, please submit to the poetry trail by 15 July 2019. For more information, please contact

Time: 7:00pm

The Butterfly House at the Torrs

34 Market Street, New Mills, SK22 4AE, GB

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Reviews for New Mills Festival Poetry Trail Round Robin

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Nigel Astell

Wed 10th Oct 2018 08:01

Walking from the car park we saw that spectacular orange glow what a start to a fun filled evening - - -

One of my favourite poets on the night was Leg Before Wicket Phil

Hitting you for six
the crowd creased up
anyone with boundary frown
follow on swinging low
solid wood cricket bat
top edge flat head.

Review is about New Mills Festival Poetry Trail Round Robin on 26 Sep 2018 (event)

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Nigel Astell

Tue 9th Oct 2018 12:50

Great write up Nicola - - - what about Mary Berry with a Beard!

Review is about New Mills Festival Poetry Trail Round Robin on 26 Sep 2018 (event)

David Keyworth

Mon 8th Oct 2018 22:32

Thanks for the fulsome report Nicola - and keeping everyone informed.

Review is about New Mills Festival Poetry Trail Round Robin on 26 Sep 2018 (event)

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Randy Horton

Mon 8th Oct 2018 16:16

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Nicola Hulme

Mon 8th Oct 2018 15:59

The New Mills Poetry Trail Open Mic Event – The Butterfly House at The Torrs, New Mills, by Nicola Hulme

As the setting sun filled the evening sky with a spectacular orange glow, I drove through the Derbyshire lanes to a small town nestled against the dramatic backdrop of the Peak District. I was on my way to celebrate the New Mills Poetry Trail with an evening of open mic poetry.
The residents of New Mills extended a warm welcome to the “outsiders” from Stockport’s Write Out Loud group; they even extended their arms to a poet from who hailed from the far reaches of Glossop, such a friendly bunch.
Held in the beautifully ornate Butterfly House at the Torrs Hotel, poets spilled out into neighbouring rooms such was the amazing turn out. It was heart-warming to see so many people of varying ages and backgrounds coming together to share in their passion, to hear and be heard. Remarkably, for such a large gathering, the atmosphere still remained intimate, reminiscent of stories told around the fireplace.
Published poets, new poets, experienced performers and those, like I, who still shake inwardly when approaching the mic, came together in a shared appreciation of the spoken word. Topics conveyed ranged from the pastoral pleasures of a slow canal walk, the heartaches of unrequited love, through to the surprise of eight family members surviving their first holiday together without anyone’s demise! For our delight we were told how Wordsworth’s decomposing body made fine fertiliser for the daffodils and allotment gardeners cried out for insect genocide, namely the extinction of the Cabbage White. The strength of Manchester was praised in a salute to the bees and conversations overheard at Costa were mulled over between drinks.
It was interesting to observe how we write as introverts, cocooned individually honing our craft, yet, on nights such as these, when we share our lines a new beauty emerges. Like a butterfly spreading its wings for the first time verbalising our humanity, vulnerabilities, passions and fears we create something new and more captivating together. We create a place of trust, empathy and support where smiles, nods and applause say “Yes, we understand, we have experienced the same and can relate to you.”
IPhones, technology and social media may play a huge part in our daily life but it’s reassuring to know the poetry scene is very much alive and well, uniting communities. On this night the people of New Mills and the surrounding areas turned their backs on box set binging and X-Factor warbling, preferring to spend time with friends in a lyrical wonderland.
I’d like to say thank you to Randy Horton and his team of volunteers for organising the Poetry Trail and the open mic evening. Thanks also to the shopkeepers who supported the event by allowing poems to be displayed in their windows and of course to the people of New Mills for coming together and making it a night to remember. I hope we can do it all again next year.

Review is about New Mills Festival Poetry Trail Round Robin on 26 Sep 2018 (event)

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