On Saturday 6th May an appreciative audience enjoyed a delightful evening of poetry and music in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Ashburton. Rebecca and Chris Gethin organised the concert to raise funds for CLSW after attending a break earlier in the year. Rebecca Gethin read from her latest collection of poems All the Time in the World which explores her mother’s experience of cancer and gave a moving account of receiving letters in recent years that her mother had written before she died when Rebecca was only two years old. Dana Littlepage Smith introduced us to her latest poetry book The Book of the Breast which deals with the experience of having a cancer diagnosis and of reflecting on and transforming what this brought to her life. Both Rebecca’s and Dana’s poems were accessible, moving and thought-provoking and were warmly received by the assembled crowd which included a number of other local poets.
Local band Skylark performed with joyful exuberance and great talent, entertaining us with a diverse range of songs accompanied by fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion. Their warm and playful relationships with each other as well as with their audience is engaging and humorous. They are frequent visitors to CLSW breaks and are always enthusiastically appreciated.
Not only was the evening truly enjoyable and memorable in all its parts but it also raised £254 for CLSW including the very generous donation of the poetry book sales by both authors. Thank you to Rebecca, Dana and Skylark for your generosity, energy and hard work and thanks to all the lovely appreciative audience who joined us and helped to raise such a fantastic amount for the charity.