Poetry in ‘Ackney

Five years ago I joined a poetry group in Hackney Central Library and felt very uncomfortable. Members either bared their souls or were suspiciously looking around the table. I did go with two nutcases who came along for the ride so in fairness it was difficult for the facilitator to pitch the event correctly. There were many oversized egos present and plenty of earnest poetry reading voices. Stephen Fry knows what I mean.

Anyway the facilitator persevered because he was passionate about his spiritual journey and just wanted to get a creative writing group going without any reference to ‘pop-up’ or any nod to the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. I could be wrong.

The Wordlovers Society (ugh! How I hate that title) has its celebration of being active in Clapton Library for five years and that takes place freely on 5th December 2013 at the Hackney Museum at 5.30pm. Yay!

So tonight I went to the poetry-share (my word) hosted by Cirillo at the Centre For Better Health in Darnley Road Hackney. I was terribly late having had a nail-biting day. The sessions are every fortnight at 6pm. I arrived there breathless and near to the end but had to get there because of my own passion, my respect for the facilitator and other poets and because its a friendly social meeting.

During the last session we did discuss the use of the word “nutcase” even as we sat in the hall of a building dedicated to people with mental health issues and knowing full well that some of our poets had been “sectioned”. At one point we discussed Baden Prince Junior’s poetry and I’d refused to read one of the poems because it had in it the word “vagina”. Now that word is huglee! Then a member offered “I love the word “c**t and I needed a wire for my dropped jaw. In the same paragraph another guy said “half-caste”. Now I usually correct that racist language, with a big Miss Piggy smile and flick of hair , but I was still reeling from hearing the c-word, enunciated with a licked tongue poking around full lips, and the blatant confession from a woman about loving it.  The statement was made with full-on relish. Note to self, “I really must step up my lesbian detection powers”.

There will be a sharing of poems on 11th December 2013 at The Centre for Better Health Hackney as an added feature in the launch event of RAGWORKS wall-hangings. We shall view, sit around, munch on nibbles, possibly sip some wine and laugh. Everyone is welcome. Five o’clock.

Hackney Libraries in danger. UK? 21st century? Before the Big Games? Surely not!

Stoke Newington Library

HACKNEY’S Libraries are under threat of closure

 Seniors use them all the time so 
                                      Use them more or lose them
A selection of free events in Hackney libraries. There are many more events at www.hackney.gov.uk/cl-libraries
Stamford Hill Library         Fri  Feb 4th 10-noon Making Valentine’s cards (car parking available)  .
CLR  Library                    Tues  Feb 8th 2.30-4pm  Arthritis Care guest speaker. 
Clapton Library                (well worth visiting for the celebrated architecture alone).
                                   Thurs  24th Feb and on the last Thursday of each month. 5.30-7.45pm
                                    “The Wordlovers’ Society” a creative poetry sharing session formed
                                    from a Black History Month meeting in 2009
                                    hosted by KG Lester with passion and no funding.
                          University of the Third Age meet there 2-4pm on 1st and 3rd Friday of the month and then 1st Tuesday
                          Feb 1st
                          Feb 4th
                          Feb 18th
 Hackney Central Library.  Wed Feb 2nd  2-4pm then first Wednesday of each month. Textiles with University of the Third Age. You probably get a free session or two then you have to join.