Friday, 29 April 2016

From Australian immigration to the Iambic pentameter


Settle Sessions fourth year was launched to standing room only at The Folly. The packed audience enjoyed poems on subjects from the Australian outback to the iambic pentameter.

Jean Stevens

Jean Stevens, well known in the area as a creative writing tutor, read from her new book “Beyond Satnav”. Her poems are accessible with poetic twists and turns. Classical references brushed shoulders with the pedantry of Australian immigration system. “Fell Farmer” spoke movingly of women farmers in a harsh landscape.

Anne Caldwell, literature programme manager for The British Council, certainly knows how to captivate her audience. Her work ranged from grim plain language in “Winter Solstice” about climate change, to a mother’s touching sonnet about her son visiting Gordale Scar.
Anne Caldwell
A sequence based on her late father’s cine films brought Aberdeen and its seascapes to Settle in vivid imagery.

In the Read Two open mic spot, Beryl James shared her simple, effective style, Jackie Allott read from Carol Ann Duffy’s work with humour, Jean Lavelle honoured The Bard and Tricia Robinson bravely read her own work for the first time in public to great approval.

Settle Sessions started as it means to go on – with variety, entertainment and class.

Veronica Caperon

You can order Anne Caldwell's book at this  website

Settle Sessions will have 4 evenings of poetry and short stories this year, including a celebration of National Poetry Day on October 6th at Settle Victoria Hall, with a national and local poetry competition running through the summer. More details on our About and Competitions pages, and