A great turn-out and 2 yet BJ Good boy Oliver
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City Voices had a great turn-out yesterday for writer B J Edwards, and it has to be said I have never known the group so quiet as when listening to BJ’s story-like poems. You could have heard a pin drop, and I saw tears in the eyes of at least one member as BJ read his first poem about the death of a young wife. The final poem was a connection to the first, imagining the same couple in old age and death. In between were poems of forbidden love, the power of nature, a snapshot story of an old man seen just once and a wildly imaginative poem inspired by the image of the “Joker” in a pack of cards “The Fool and the Moon”. BJ’s poems are not short and punchy (at least at this reading) but draw you in to a space often heavily influenced by paganism and ancient landscapes “Into the Green” referencing perhaps “Jack o’the Green” or the imagery of the Green Man, that mysterious foliate head that appears in so many churches in Britain and is believed by many to be a pre-Christian fertility symbol. However, I digress! After the readings and a coffee break, BJ answered many questions from his audience about research for writing (quite different for poetry and fiction BJ feels), editing (yes when writing fiction, no for poetry) and the trials of procuring an agent. Plus there was a good deal of interest in BJ’s assistance dog Oliver, a very well-behaved black Labrador. Not least were the questions about the amazing technology on BJ’s phone that allowed a real performance reading to proceed seamlessly, and how his adult total blindness affected his writing. The meeting over-ran as so many people wanted to talk to BJ, who was once an English teacher but now actually makes a living from writing! His top tip? Get a finger in lots of pies. A fantastic meeting. BJ Edward's books are available on Amazon.