Wednesday 10th October turned out to be the warmest October day for seven years. It was a glorious day for travelling and the evening of poetry turned out to be equally rewarding.

We were made to feel genuinely welcome by the friendly and helpful people who work at Bournemouth Central Library; the room was all prepared for us, and there were none of the common pitfalls of poetry venues (i.e. too hot/cold, noisy, random aircon etc). Many thanks to all involved.

The evening began with readings by Maya Pieris and Sarah Barr, who were the selectors this time. Eight further readings followed and then we had our customary refreshments break which somehow never seems quite long enough. It's a good chance to talk to poets new to SOUTH and catch up with new friends. Taking on some liquid refreshment before the second half is also important of course.

The second half opened with a reading by Jeremy Hilton of three poems by the late Christopher Allan. Jeremy, who wrote the profile of Christopher in SOUTH 58, chose to read three poems which weren't included in the magazine to give us a further insight in Christopher's work. The reading of these poignant poems was a fine tribute to Christopher, and you can hear it by following the link below.

There was considerable variety in the poems we heard; there was landscape, illness, Cretan cafes, and of course, birds. But, the humorous highlight of the evening went to our retiring treasurer Andrew (Curtis). His poem about an aging prostate gland and its many unwelcome interruptions to a good night's sleep had us rolling in the aisles. We thank Andrew not only for this, but also for all his years of hard work for SOUTH.

The evening was closed with a reading from Patrick (B Osada) who was also our host for the launch. It was a most convivial evening, and thank you to all readers and supporters who came along to make it a special occasion.

You can hear Jeremy Hilton's reading of Christopher Allan's poems here.

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