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A wonderful creative atmosphere at Wisbech Castle

It was a treat to be at Wisbech Castle last night for the inaugural Wisbech Words open-mic event.

It was a treat to be at Wisbech Castle last night for the inaugural Wisbech Words open-mic event.  A diverse range of children’s poetry, performance poetry, science fiction, extracts from novels and short stories made for a wonderful evening. More and more chairs had to be brought into the room as it was filled beyond expectation as the evening progressed.

Award-winning poet Elisabeth Sennitt Clough hosted the event and started the evening by reading a poem from her most recent collection, At or Below Sea Level. Other poets included Littleport-based John Lyons and former Fenland Poet Laureates Elaine Ewart and Kate Caoimhe McArthur.

It was great to share not only a wonderful creative atmosphere but also to see the appetite for arts events in our rural setting. This sends a really positive message to the Arts Council and other funding bodies and is certainly something we should build on. It was particularly pleasing to see how the confidence of some of those reading out their work grew as they saw the positive reaction from the audience.

Thanks in particular Elisabeth Sennitt Clough for arranging such a great evening and to Cllr Sam Hoy, Cllr Steve Tierney and the brilliant Wisbech Castle Team for hosting us.

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