Litton Poetry Festival

August 22, 2013 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2013, September 2013

What a weekend it was! Many thanks to all who took part and all who came to make it the ‘triumph’ many said it was. One hundred and thirty people from Litton and beyond came to hear John Hegley’s whacky poems. And after it, the sun went down on the Soundscape installation in the church garden, described as ‘magical’.

Matt Black, Derbyshire’s Poet Laureate, who’d worked with children from Litton School was ‘inspiring and fun’ it was thought. Their very original poems were in shop windows all weekend. Chris Jones took a group of adults on a poetical walk by the river that was ‘a beautiful experience’ and the workshops on Saturday afternoon were, apparently, as good as a ‘writing retreat’. ‘The village suits this kind of event,’ a visitor said and ‘the warmth of the friendly people of Litton’ added to the experience. The Ceilidh on Saturday evening was ‘sheer fun’ and on Sunday morning the festival ended with a ‘hilarious’ Poetry Grand Slam led by Rob. At it, the impressive poem sung by H, a Litton resident, was deemed an ‘unforgettable experience’!

What a weekend! The Buxton Fringe organizers have given us a Certificate of Excellence! ‘May it be the first of many’ one blogger wrote. We’ll see!


Rosie Ford


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