This is a précis of an article by Rod O'Donoghue that appeared in the Suffolk Poetry Society's Twelve Rivers newsletter.
Desert Island Poems with Nick Wells on the 8th May 2012 at Benson Blakes attracted an audience of 35-40 people. They came from all parts of the county. Some were SPS members, others from Poetry Aloud plus new faces who came out of interest.
Colin Whyles introduced the evening and explained the purpose and format.
With two readers from each of the five cafés there were 10 poems to punctuate Rob Lock's fine interviewing. There was no break in the 1 hour 30 minute event but everyone stayed the course.
It was a great event that was free to the audience. It proved that good entertainment does not have to be expensive to provide.
Rob Lock interviewed Nick Wells, the organiser of the Bury St Edmunds Festival. Nick Wells is a confident, engaging, relaxed chap who was happy to talk about his private and professional lives.
The poems he chose ranged from Shakespeare to Wordsworth, Larkin to Zephaniah, Wendy Cope to Sylvia Plath. All the readers read and performed well, bringing the poems to life.
The evening was thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable.