The launch of SOUTH 56 was held at AceSpace in Newbury on Tuesday 10th October.

The evening took its usual form - opening readings by our two selectors for this issue, David Ashbee and Sharon Larkin. We then heard from poets included in SOUTH 56 until the interval. Wine and elderflower cordial flowed and then it was time for our profiled poet, Jean Watkins, to open the second half.

For some mysterious reason there were fewer of us than we often have at our launches, but for those who came there was the usual rich variety of poetic voices. It was good to welcome some readers new to SOUTH, as well as to be entertained by many regulars (those whose poetry is very often chosen by our invited selectors).

We enjoyed using AceSpace for the first time, and thank them for their help in making the evening run smoothly.

You can see a recording of Jean Watkin's reading here

Previous readings by profiled poets can be found on the Links page.