Poems and Pints

by Juliet Platt on June 13, 2010

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This afternoon my family and I have discovered a great new way, or at least new to us, to spend a family Sunday.

We left the house on foot about 11.30am to walk the 5 miles or so to the next town. On the way we crossed an iron-age earth work, cattle-filled and arable fields, before climbing the stepped hill towards the next village. After stopping for a quick drink at the local watering hole we then forged on along overgrown paths and bridle-ways, busy this mid-June day with no more than butter- and damselflies, before climbing once again through jitties and alleys up to the Goldfinger community pub in Highworth.

And what was it we made this epic journey for? After all it would have taken no more than 10 minutes by car Рbut where would be the fun in that? The route we took was all the more poetic, which is fitting as our destination was lunch, followed by poetry recitals from the Bluegate poets of Swindon.

The kids came with us, and were so worn out by the walk that they were relieved to sit and listen to words and rhyme, and found it very enjoyable, as did hubby and I. Andy even recited a limerick of his own creation, and read TS Eliot’s Macavity – amazing what a few beers can do! We heard Frost, Wordsworth, Cope and Yeats – as well as local voices Margaret Bacon, Hilda Sheehan, Elinor Brooks, Jill Sharp, Michael Scott, Jay Arr, Tony Hillier. And my daughter Caitlin treated us to some Spike Milligan in the form of the Ning Nang Nong.

Poems and Pints is certainly a crowd pleaser, even though the football was on next door. If you ever get the chance to try it, you should, it’s most uplifting. And don’t forget to get a taxi home.

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Rosa June 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I was there too..and dwhat a great experience it was. I had discovered a new word.. Wom…word of mouth….and we all went home as Wommers and actively womming…so look out for the next Poems and Pints and you good have a good time too!

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