Settle Sessions got off to a flying start with the first event for 2017 in front of a cosy fire at The Folly, Settle.
The audience responded warmly to a variety of poems from six different readers, some local, others from further afield. The evening kicked off with two readings of two poems each from poets from Middlesborough and Kendal, evoking the life of very different places.
After this Veronica Caperon from Lawkland got the audience laughing and listening with poems full of warm feeling and humour.
The second half began with more humour, when Joan Butler from Austwick read us an encounter between a gushing American tourist and a laconic Dales farmer. We were then taken into deeper water by Maggie How describing the struggle to get through to a close family member suffering from dementia.
We were never far from the everyday world, though looking at it from new angles. The other main reader was Ann Pilling from Hawes whose work held us in deep attention with its musicality and sense of deep relationships.