Pimms and Poetry in Welney

It's set to be a fine summer of poetry and prose in East Cambridgeshire, even if the weather has so far proven to be damper than a mermaid's armpit.

The first date for your diary is Wednesday 20th June, when the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Welney will play host to the very first Pimms and Poetry evening. Fans of free verse and the Fens will be able to relax will a glass of something cold and enjoy nature-themed wordplay, all in the beautiful surroundings of this sprawling nature reserve.

The event itself is the brainchild of Elaine Ewart, a native of Ely and a volunteer at the WWT.. Elaine is a relative newcomer to the spoken word scene, and only began performing her work earlier this year, but despite this, she as already received much acclaim for her poetry. Her beautiful, intricate verse is a true joy to behold and her poems have a subtle melody that will leave audiences in doubt of her considerable talents.

A former Cambridge lawyer, Elaine has already won several prizes for her poems, and in February she was awarded the title of Fenland Poet Laureate, an accolade bestowed upon her by the Fenland-based arts organization Atelier East.

In fact, Atelier East and WWT Welney have kindly supported Elaine in organizing the Pimms and Poetry evening, and a big thanks must be said to both Karen and Emma for all their help in getting this brilliant event off the ground.

As well as a set from Elaine, three other poets will be gracing the stage and impressing the crowds with their lyrical dexterity:

J S Watts is a prolific poet and writer originally haling from London but now well and truly settled in East Anglia. Her poetry, short stories and reviews have been published in Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia and performed on BBC and independent radio. By turns moving and comedic, J Sā€™s work is evocative and exciting, and her wit and vivacity permeate every inch of her poetry. Her first collection, Cats and Other Myths, was recently published by Lapwing Productions.

However, the poet about whom I am most excited is Janet Fairweather. Janet is a freelance academic living in Ely, who specializes in Latin Literature and has written several books on the subject, including Liber Eliensis: A History of the Isle of Ely from the Seventh Century to the Twelfth, compiled by a Monk of Ely in the Twelfth Century, published by Boydell Press and Seneca the Elder, published by Cambridge University Press. Having never seen Janet perform (and finding precious little information about her on that fountain of information, wikipedia) she has become something of an enigma to me and I'm very much looking forward to unravelling that particular mystery.

But now, I'm afraid I have a confession to make. The final poet on the bill at Pimms and Poetry is someone to whom I am very close. In fact, you could say I have a bit of a vested interest in this particular event. And that is because the final person on the bill is none other than me.

But please, don't let that put you off.

Pimms and Poetry kicks off at 5.30pm at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Welney, and runs until 7.30pm. The event is free to attend, and refreshments will be provided. So indulge in a cold glass of Pimms and join us for what promises to be a great night of local poetry, right here in the heart of the Fens! I hope to see you there!

Welney WWT centre, Hundred Footbank, Welney PE14 9TN
The event will run from 5.30pm ā€“ 7.30pm and entrance is free

posted on 14 June 2012 18:31 byLeanne Moden

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