Last month I attended the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards event. It was weird for me because I was there as an audience member, not an organiser. I founded the awards in 2011 (you can read how proud I am to have done so, here!)Â Elaine Ewart and Leanne Moden, both former Fenland Laureates, did a great job of organising and hosting the event, and the poets were all wonderful and enthralling.
I was asked to give a speech, and after starting by telling the audience that I’d had to write some notes so that I didn’t accidentally lapse into something irrelevant, like animal impressions, I carried on to thank all the good people and talk a bit about the background of the awards.
Then, when I’d finished, I’m not sure how it happened, but I said, ‘And now Â for an animal impression!’ and did my generic multi-animal impression (those who know me witness this regularly!) and finished with, ‘ItÂ’s a horse, a rabbit, and maybe even a rat!Â’
I’m slightly embarrassed, but I’mÂ not sorry!
Poppy Kleiser won the title of Fenland Poet Laureate 2014 with a most magical and beautiful poem. She was so, so pleased, and surprised. I thought she might die. I thought Elaine was going to pass out. It was all very dramatic!
You can read more about the winners on Elaine’s poetry blog here,Â Leanne’s poetry blog here,Â and check out this marvellous photograph of Elaine, Poppy and Leanne. I’m surprised Poppy is in focus, she was shaking so much!
This is a cross section of a swans leg bone! Ta da! Fluffy and light, like an Aero.
On the same evening as the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards, Elaine launched her first book of poetry. Fur, Feather and Fen is a collection of works, mainly written whilst Elaine was in post as Fenland Poet Laureate in 2012. I photographed and designed the cover, and here it is! The book includes the poem that won Elaine the role of the first ever Fenland Poet Laureate. It’s a lovely collection, well worth a read and doesn’t it look pretty?! If you’d like to find out more, pop over to Elaine’s blog to find out more about stockists and other things.