Image provided by the sitter, Bert Flitcroft
City Voices played host to the Staffordshire Poet Laureate Bert Flitcroft on 20th August, when Bert kindly agreed to read some of his poems to the group and have an inter-active discussion in an informal setting. Which is exactly what happened! Bert tells me he enjoyed the session with the group and as he also sold some of his books that says something abaout the group's appreciation of the content. Bert grew up in Lancashire, where he was born in 1946, and now lives in the Midlands. A graduate of Sheffield University, for some time he has been quietly, unassumingly spreading the poetry word as teacher, mentor, workshop leader, poet-in-residence, and reader. He has two collections of poetry published. 'Thought-Apples' and 'Singing Puccini at the Kitchen Sink' Much of the discussion was around the structure of poetry - which has been hotly debated at CV on several occasions. To rhyme or not to rhyme? Should we abolish adverbs? And what about that old cliché....er getting rid of clichés. One CV member described the discussion as "It was like having a friendly chat around the dining room table!" In other words everyone joined in, which is how it should be. You can read more about Bert and his "Thought-Apples" collection in his interview, 'In the Booklight' with Sarah James.
Debbi Voisey, our vice-chair and published, prize-winning story writer ran a flash fiction workshop on 6th August and impressed a "first timer" at the group. This is some of the feedback given ......"Hello Debbi, just a word to say thank you and how much I enjoyed your workshop yesterday, it will help me such a lot.....I will see the topic in a new light now with a better understanding.....the whole group was welcoming and I will definitely be back ....my sincere thanks for all of the obvious preparation you put into the workshop. It was informative, instructive, enthusiastic and extremely motivating"
And so say us all!