Tuesday, January 10

Penketh poetry group!

Today we held our very first  poetry group at Claire's Cake Shop and Cafe in Penketh.

The whole place is very inviting
  ...Cath Kitson and Laura Ashley...
 but with a good old northern twist!
Very relaxing.

Baker par excellence is Claire herself. She has just been opened a few short weeks and already the word has gone around about the deliciousness of her cakes and the super decoration for the specials.
Well I should know, what with "neviepiecake" goodies  as it were "in the family".
So it's such a pleasure to meet there for our very first poetry get together.

At the moment we are just four....
....maybe the "Just Four?".... no that 's a joke and not a very good one!

We had treats to help the whole day go well...
tea in china pots,  poured into china cups,
victoria sponge and lemon drizzle cake....
.......so bang go the good intensions of cutting out cake for a while!

We heard Robert Graves poem..."A Slice of Wedding Cake" read out ...
...very apt as Claire had such a cake half- finished on the servery!

Arthur read some of Grey's Elegy and moved us to tears with his reading and choice.
He is over 90 and brought all of his experience of living into the reading.

I read one of Carol Ann Duffy's poems...
Virgil's Bees
and  this morning I was unexpectantly loaned a book by Kenneth Steven...
...Island Collected Poems...
...soI also read his view of "Bees".
His work is full of Celtic spirituality and west coast Scottish Island tenderness.

With a good tale under our belts about a dead bird
and a grandchild wondering how many came to the funeral?!....
we thought that it could be the theme for our first attempt at writing a poem together.
Lots of laughter...good for the soul....

I finished off with my own poem..."Living in the Now"...
...and a promise to meet once a month to share some more beloved poetry.


  1. I am so glad you have started a poetry group - ours is honestly one of the highlights of the month for me. It is astonishing how often two of us have chosen the same poem. Sometimes - with a long poem (e.g. The Lady of Shallott) we go round reading a verse or two each. And yes - we do get tears to the eyes sometimes - that is what poetry should do though, isn't it?

  2. What a great thing to do! A Slice of Wedding Cake is a poem I think of and read quite often. I ought to read more Graves. My favourite one of his is Star Talk:


  3. How divine! What a jolly group. I just wish I was there to join in the fun.

    Happy New Year, Marjorie

  4. Oh, that looks so wonderful. Awesome photos. : )

  5. I know once a month would be about right for me in that cake shop...it would take me that long to walk off the calories ingested (of and get a true grasp of the poetry as well).

    Careful though that four may turn to forty before you know it then you have an open mic on your hands. Read on "Fab Four" read on!

  6. or the 'Fortunate Four'.

    I think Arthur should write a book about how to look great at 90.

  7. Looks like you had a good time! xxx

  8. Oh I'm overwhelmed by all of your good wishes...thankyou so much! I will let you know how it goes in the future....and thankyou walking man for your confidence that we may be 40 one day!!

  9. Would love to join you! Might make it the Fabled Five :-D xx

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  11. Cakes and poetry! Sounds like you've got it made! Brilliant.

  12. How lucky you are to have found a cosy corner like that to meet in...with cake as bonus!


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