What a friendly place Shropshire is. Last Thursday night I found myself on the way to Poetry Night at Shrewsbury Coffee House, gathered up in person by Deb Alma, who is the Emergency Poet. I'd already had a warm welcome on Facebook and then another one in the Coffee House as I was introduced to a whole rhyming dictionary of various poets.
Gorgeous venue - it had lights to die for, see below, and last Thursday the school coat racks that operate as a picture rail around the room were twined with twinkly little Christmas bulbs.
Also, the coffee was good. Really very good, which is always a good portent. Turns out Poetry Nights at the Coffee House are a kind of well-managed open mic, where 8 poets are invited to do a spot of no more than 10 minutes each. There's an interval to buy the wonderful coffee (or bottled beer) and then more verse.
It was all kept flowing and warm by organiser Liz Lefroy, who is