A LITTLE BIT OF ROCHDALE IN LANZAROTE
by Norman Warwick
Three contributors to our aata pages also contributed to A Pint And A Poem Night on Lanzarote recently. It was a barely disguised attempt to recreate a Sunday Night At The Baum, free trade if you like, in these post Brexit-vote days.
The monthly meetings of those “Bard From The Baum” are run by poet and parodist extraordinaire Robin Parker, and an occasional guest reader there is Middleton based Julia McClay who read in her almost indecipherable accent to accompany the haggis at a Lord Mayor’s Burns Night event in Rochdale town hall a few years ago.
At The Midlander Bar in Costa Teguise the parts of Robin and Julia were played by Aileen Hendry, who delivered of the song Tomorrow,… I’ll join weightwatchers tomorrow. She also read about Johnny’s Sweet Shop in her former home city of Glasgow.
Leigh Whiting, who has written for aata, read three original pieces and Jenny Graham, her colleague in the Lanzarote Writing Group, read out work by Christine Want, another reviewer for this page.
I reprised a set of Baum favourites and Lanzarote CWG leader Sue Almond read her riposte to I Shall Wear Purple.
Music by Jan Davis and Spencer Locke concluded a fun night.