Pimms and Poetry: a literary and mothtastic evening…


Mmm, don’t mind if I do… (Photo: Lizzy Doe)

A lovely evening in WWT Welney’s Widgeon cafe on Friday night, with plenty of folk turning out to support our guest poets and be at the launch of the new poetry anthology, Words for Wide Skies.  All the poets had different but distinctive voices and visions of the natural world – you could have heard a pin drop as the audience listened, enthralled, to Leanne Moden, Melinda Appleby and Jeremy Solnick.  It was poetry of a really high quality – I was proud to know them and have them at my event.  I also read some of my own poems, some new, some more familiar, which were generously received, and it was great to get an instant response to material I had not previously read in public.

P&P Jeremy

Jeremy Solnick (photo: Lizzy Doe)

It was also a pleasure to meet so many of the poets whose work appears in the Words for Wide Skies anthology and to hear them read the poems that I and my fellow editors had so admired on paper – it really added to my appreciation to hear them read out loud by the poets themselves.


Poplar Hawkmoth (Photo: Lizzy Doe)

It has been a good week for moths – damp and sultry – and Sam Lee of WWT Welney had some real gems for us to look at in the interval.


John Thake admires WWS while I force him to wear a swan badge (Photo: Melinda Appleby)

I really enjoyed the evening and the audience certainly seemed to as well! Leanne has already blogged about it here.  Through anthology sales, refreshment sales and donations, over £200 has been already raised for WWT Welney.

Thank you Lizzy Doe for taking these lovely photos!

Finally, of course, Words for Wide Skies is now on general sale, from the WWT Welney shop, priced £5 (plus postage and packing).  It’s a limited print run of 100, and, as I write, it is less than a week since the launch and already 30 copies have already been sold, so don’t delay!  Contact WWT Welney on:

T: 01353 860711


The finished article. Don’t you want to buy one now? (Photo: Elaine Ewart)

E: info.welney@wwt.org


Anthology poet Miriam Brown reads her poem ‘Lapwings’. (Photo: Lizzy Doe)

Leanne Moden P&P

Leanne Moden (Photo: Lizzy Doe)

Mike Alderson P&P

Anthology poet Mike Alderson reads his poem ‘Visible Only’. (Photo: Lizzy Doe)

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