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COCKERMOUTH SPEAKERS CLUB
In a recent meeting, Malcolm Bobbitt opened the evening with the Ice Breaker and had been given the year 2003 to investigate. He started by saying there were three important events that year, Mr. Blair and Mr. Bush were involved with bombs and Concorde made its last flight. The most important thing from Malcolm's point of view was his trip to France, Belgium and Holland in his beloved Citroen DS car. On the return journey, he broke down and he told the tale of how he got home with the help of the AA.
The first main speech of the evening was Gestures and Body Language. The speaker opened by donning a white cap at a jaunty angle and discussing the merits of being with your beloved, the only ones on a warm and romantic beach, or together at a quiet table away from other people. If that did not appeal, then perhaps a cruise would suit better, where you could snooze on a lounger on the sun deck. With a fur hat firmly in place, she whisked the audience away to the Arctic, with the Northern Lights. She then discussed Africa, with wild animals and spectacular scenery, finally looking at the outstanding Grand Canyon.
The next speech was by Mike George, who looked into paper clips. A factual account of everything to do with the ‘narrow double loop of wire’, this was the title of his researched speech. Mike was able to convey a lot of facts laced with a great amount of humour.
The Topics session was next, where the speaker has no time to think, they must get up and speak immediately. This was chaired by Peter Hodgson, who gave the topics a subject, they had to talk in favour of it, then part way through he tapped the table and the speaker had to take the opposite point of view. The subjects covered were back packing in Australia, weather forecasting on the media, exotic animals as pets, tourism in Cumbria and visitors from outer space.
The general evaluation of the evening was carried out as an audience participation, with comments from members. It was generally felt that the evening had been very informative, humorous and entertaining.
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POETS OUT LOUD ~ KIRKGATE CENTRE, COCKERMOUTH ~
If you love poetry, then ‘Poets Out Loud’ is where you need to be!
It is a gathering of poets and poetry lovers at The Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth. Come along and recite your own poems, or those of your favourite poets, or just sit and listen.
It could be described as an ‘open mic’ but it isn’t! There are no microphones or electrical ‘whizz things’ here, just the human voice.
The evening spirals and soars around the auditorium at its own pace and a beautiful natural flow develops, as the poets take it in turn to share one poem at a time with the room.
Here are some comments from our poets and audience so far:
‘Variety is the spice of life’, this is what I enjoy about Poets Out Loud.
A very friendly and non-challenging gathering. Come and join us.
What a find! First time here and enjoying the atmosphere and the poetry.
A warm and friendly group who encourage sharing and perhaps inspiring. A wonderful group!
Great fun, a good laugh, brilliant words spoken, that can warm you ‘til the next time comes.
The range of words is awesome, very inspiring, a good kickstart to the muse.
The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth.
Second Wednesday of every month 8.00pm - 10.30pm, doors open 7.45pm Entry £2.50 donation on the door
For more information, contact Annie Kendall 07552 715 859
Poets Out Loud, such varied and talented poetry people!
Brilliant stuff. Long may it continue.
A cornucopia, a variety, a glittering patchwork of poetry and celebration.
A great variety of characters – eclectic mix.
Welcoming to all, young and old (and middle aged!)
Good to come along to a relaxed social event which showcases poetry in a non-stuffy light.
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