The Network Theatre

Hello Poetry Lovers

Yes, I have been getting around lately, and I want to tell you about last Sunday at the Network Theatre.

An amazing theatre, established for 80 years, under the railway arches of Waterloo and us poets were thrilled to discover this great venue. With thanks to Alain English and Jason Why who gave us the Golden Key.

At first we were apprehensive, walking down this dark tunnel, a scene not dissimilar to Clockwork Orange and a Rupert Bear adventure. But there was definitely a light at the end of this particular tunnel.

A lovely building and a real sense of community. As you can see, I settled down quickly in the dressing room. A place I had not frequented for some years, and this time there was no Leichner nor ashtray! However, there was still the roar of the crowd, and we waited our turn with trepidation as the lovely Alain announced each poet.

This is me reading, with the wonderful Lee Campbell backstage. How unnerved I was to read on a proper stage! Exhilarated too.

The interval came, and I had the chance to catch up with Lee and his lovely pals outside.

So I was honoured to share a bill with such fantastic poets such as Hannah Stanislaus, Raymond, Office Girls, Lee Campbell, Jason Why, David Lee Morgan, Frank Mariani, Bryan Baker, Frankie Calvert and Keith Bray, Steve Tasane, Anthony Fairweather and Redeeming Features. And of course, Alain English.

Now, I don’t want to sound like someone off The Apprentice but thank you for the opportunity. This is a great theatre, I recommend we all go regularly.

Thanks for tuning in, PL’s, and sharing this great adventure with me. We’ll be back real soon with more poetry goings ons……

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