The launch of SOUTH 57 took place in Winchester on Wednesday 16th May.
St Alfred's Campus of the University of Winchester was looking beautiful on a fine sunny evening when over 40 of us assembled to launch the latest issue of SOUTH. We were particularly pleased with the acoustics of the room we were assigned, which meant that there was no need to raise one's voice to be heard.
The evening started as usual with readings by the two selectors for this edition: Joan McGavin and Lynda O'Neill.
We then heard from eight of the other featured poets.
We enjoyed our usual sociable interval even though it was tee-total this time.
The second half was opened with a reading by the profiled poet Kitty Coles, and closed by Peter Keeble and Anne Peterson of the management team, both of whom had poems in SOUTH 57 but had been unlucky in the ballot to read. They got their chance as one of our readers was unable to be with us.
A video of Kitty's reading will is available here.
Previous readings by profiled poets can be found on the Links page.