Down to Swansea, to the seaside village of Mumbles yesterday, where I lived for a couple of years at the end of the nineties. Gave a reading from Creatures of the Intertidal Zone to members of a Book Group that’s affiliated to the lovely Cover to Cover independent bookshop, then led a discussion of some of the poems. Really enjoyed it – it was such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience. They’d all read the poems in advance and came armed with lots of comments and questions about both the thematic and technical aspects of the work. Would definitely like to do more sessions with Book Groups in the future.
Ended the evening in Verdi’s, one of my all-time favourite cafés, which has a fantastic location right on the sea front overlooking Swansea Bay. When I lived in Mumbles (I had a writing residency and was also doing part-time teaching at Swansea University), I spent many an hour scribbling away in Verdi’s, fortified by an occasional filled foccacia or Italian ice cream! It was great to be back.