This evening Writers in the Brewery welcomed John Richardson ( aka Jay Arr) of Swindon's BlueGate Poets (http://www.bluegatepoets.com/). John read a selection of his love poetry. They were, so he said, part of a lifetime's work that was still in progress. Apart from love, John's poems were inspired by such things as numerology, the power of names, Roy Orbison, Valentine's presents, marriage, wills and the country. I particularly enjoyed one about Isfahan, Iran's third city - wonderful imagery and very evocative.
After John, there was more poetry from local writers. Liz Carew's Woodchester poem was excellent.
John has a number of books published http://www.blurb.com/user/jayarr
- His latest (as Jay Arr) is nietsa http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1785036?alt=nietsa%2C+as+listed+under+Poetry
- and and what do you want? http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1785024?alt=and+what+did+you+want%3F%2C+as+listed+under+Poetry
- and he has compiled the BlueGate Poets 2010 Anthology http://www.bluegatepoets.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=277 and BlueGate Poets 2009 Anthology http://www.blurb.com/books/872625
- plus a machine for measuring blue is a collection of poems selected by Jar Arr is a first collection of abandoned and neglected poems http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/221545?alt=a+machine+for+measuring+blue%2C+as+listed+under+Poetry
John also has some videos on youtube, check out this playlist http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C8801FC4A84F4BDA
To find out more about John (Jar Arr) and the BlueGate Poets visit the website http://www.bluegatepoets.com/
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Mac McFadden at Writers in the Brewery 28 October 2010
Skip Walker at #WritersintheBrewery, editor of Wilts and Glos Standard
#WritersintheBrewery 27 May 2010 Nigel McLoughlin
Writers in the Brewery April 2010 Blue Gate Poets