Malcolm Saunders

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Wirral Words at the Scouse House 22 April

Wirral Words at The Scouse House got off to a cracking start with its April meeting. Despite competing with a Liverpool football match and being the night after the Liverpool Slam we had a very good attendance and fourteen performers produced an excellent range of poetry. I hope that we didn't lose anybody.

There were a few difficulties because we had performers travelling long distances to a new venue that had only been open a couple of weeks so there was trouble finding us. Sorry about that, but keep on coming folks. You know where we are now and anybody who doesn't, just e-mail me.

From first time readers to very polished writers and performers, we were entertained by set after set of funny, insightful, sad and challenging poetry delivered with the energy and enthusiasm which so strongly characterises performance poetry in the North West. Together these poets provided an immensely enjoyable display of their considerable talent.

Apart from being a place to get decent British food, the Scouse House has as its chef/director Anthony Zausmer whose hobby is poetry and the other activities of Wirral Words so it has given us a great place to publish poetry on place mats and coasters as well as having a place to get together. Acoustics in the Scouse House proved to be very good. Some people chose to come early and have a full meal and the light refreshments available right through the evening proved popular. This is not a licensed venue, but Wirral Words made a small range of alcoholic drinks available in return for a donation so that the drinkers among us were not deprived.

As always, we had a friendly and supportive group who showed their appreciation of all the performers. One of the small additional interest points we have at Wirral Words is our £10 voucher for the best performer of the evening. On this occasion the audience voted for Jason Richardson the host of the Wirral Ode Show to be the first member of our hall of fame at the Scouse House venue. Enjoy spending your voucher Jason!

Jason regaled us with his dislike of Heather Mills, his strong attraction to Donny Osmond, his enthusiasm for gloss white paint and the fascinating world of a working class genius. All to the delight of his audience. Well done Jason and congratulations.

All in all it was an excellent night that bodes well for the future. Get it in your diary now. 27th May and every fourth Tuesday after that.

Thanks folks. See you next time. You could be the second entry in our hall of fame.

Links

Wirral Words Website
http://www.westwirralwords.org.uk

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10496950269


The Scouse House
http://www.thescousehouse.info




Performers

Barry Woods

From prostitutes and knock off sportswear to the peace and tranquillity of trees. A great range of observational poetry.

Len Rosso

Len gives us the tender, but tortured stories of relationships in the most engaging way.

Jason Richardson

Experiences of childhood, eccentric associates and insightful assessments of celebrity delivered with panache.

Helen Mossman

Competently reading the poetry of her son.

Dermot Glennon

Strong poet from Write Out Loud with a unique slant.

Rita Fitzpatrick

Strong and emotional work.

Ray Speedway

Ray speaks of beautiful impossible love in the strange and strident way that only Ray can.

Paul Pyke

Heart rending child soldiers or profound perceptions on the origins of the universe. Depth and passion.

Pete Crompton

Slam champ, dead good poet and ranter supreme.

Anthony Zausmer

Allowed out of the kitchen to enrich the soup of words.

John Gorman & Sue

They open the pale, pink, porcelain piggy bank of life through a duet of theatrical poetry that really grabs you.

Paul Blackburn


The passion and power of Paul delivered with the anger of anarchy.

Gordon Zola

The beauty of the folk song as you have never heard it. The sweet rapper supreme.
Fri, 25 Apr 2008 10:23 am
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Great venue and a great night - well done Malcolm!
Photographs of the event (mainly by Pete Crompton) can be found in Galleries
Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:24 am
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brilliant review malcolm. Sorry I missed the night.
Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:44 am
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Malcolm Saunders

Thanks Paul and Julian.

You must make the next one Julian, we were lacking a Polish, French, Lancastrian, Lunatic element.
Fri, 25 Apr 2008 05:25 pm
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Cheers Malcolm,

It was a very good opening night for a new project - well done!
Fri, 25 Apr 2008 05:42 pm
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Malcolm Saunders

Thanks Dermot

I really enjoyed your set. Look forward to hearing more from you.
Sat, 26 Apr 2008 11:54 am
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Ieuan Cilgwri

Dhugg
Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:41 pm
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