Surrey New Writer’s Festival Part Two …..

Hello Poetry Lovers

Welcome to Part Two of this terrific event. Well, what can I say about Nikita Gill and Instagram Poetry?

Chaired by Sharron Green, this amazing Instagram poet, Nikita gave us a fascinating session.

This talented writer, poet and playwright, read from her poetry collection Where Hope Comes From, born from the first lockdown of March 2020. These were disturbing, poignant and gentle pieces, including Good Blood, about moving and wise words from the poet’s mother. How this touched us all, our own mother’s voices in our memories.

Nikita discussed with Sharron how Instagram is such a great platform for poetry and how her followers grew overnight.

Nikita also shared her love of Greek mythology and her current play on this absorbing subject, and how she was influenced by late Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Mary Oliver. This was a very worthy hour, and I learnt a lot. Please come back soon, Nikita.

So many names were a part of this great event, masterclasses with Ruth Brandt, and Michael Donkor. Magical Realism Readings, with Julia Armfield, among other amazing writers. Headlined by Diana Evans, author of the highly acclaimed Ordinary People. Not to mention closing with a great open mic session with the wonderful Robert Kiely.

A great weekend, catch this festival next year. Hopefully it may be in ‘real life’ by then.

Thanks for tuning in, PL’s. We’ll be back with more poetry antics real soon….

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