[Update) March 25, 2017: Well, the poetry evening is well done and dusted. Not a lot of people came but we enjoyed ourselves. (There's nothing quite like live poetry.) Everyone seemed to appreciate my choice of poems and we all got on well during the break which was really nice as some people had only just met for the first time. The arts are meant firstly to entertain and secondly to offer food for thought. Feedback suggests the evening was a success on both counts.
For me, personally, it was hard work but a labour of love so I'm glad I went ahead with it despite being a bag of nerves...which, thankfully, steadied once I got started. This year marks sixty years of getting my poetry into print, given that my first published poem appeared in my school magazine summer 1957. I have also been living with prostate cancer for six years (treated with hormone therapy).
If you enjoy my poems on the blog/s and live in the UK, please help if you possibly can. My page will remain a while longer; every little helps its team in supporting men with prostate cancer - and their families - across the UK:
I have recorded the poetry reading on my voice recorder although I daresay some editing of the resulting voice file will be necessary. (I hate the sound of my own voice so will leave that to my friend Graham who shoots and edits the videos on my You Tube channel.) Hopefully, blog readers will eventually be able to link to it.]