Bay-inspired poetry, songs and tales kick off poetry festival
THE 12th Torbay Festival of Poetry starts today with a host of events from the world of the word.
Spokesman Brenda Hutchings said: "We begin at Living Coasts where 'I do like to be beside the seaside' features Maggie Duffy with her Torbay-inspired poetry, songs, tales and legends.
"Add to this, well-known and not-so-well-known sea poems and we'll all be in the mood for the festival.
"Open mic events where all-comers can 'strut their stuff' are always popular and this year every lunchtime has a special session where people can sign up to read. 'Poetry on the Beach' is where your imagination can run wild, read your poem (s) on any subject as if from a tropical beach, a stony cove or a lonely headland, in the function room bar.
"On Sunday evening, we are pleased to announce a reading by Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate.
"Carol Ann, as we all know, is an exciting reader with a wide appeal, so book your tickets early.
"It is the first time Carol Ann has visited the English Riviera so don't miss out on this stimulating event."
Walt Whitman said: "To have great poets, there must be great audiences too."
"We do have great audiences at Torbay, people who appreciate poetry and make the guest poets feel welcome and loved.
"Despite this year having 32 events over the weekend, we have scheduled-in time between for coffees, tea or wine, but above all for chat, making friends, and meeting the poets."
For the full line-up, log on to www.torbaypoetry festival.co.uk