Open Mic – Sat 27th August 2016
The Museum Room, Chambers Institute, Peebles Library
The chairs sat side by side and the idea of an audience remained an idea only, at least for a few minutes after the doors opened. This was soon to change however, much to the relief of one of the local organisers whose Summer had been abnormally filled with distractions away from promoting events for local writers and readers. The walls of the atmospheric, rectangular Museum Room were adorned with stunning white framed blue and turquoise local talent art adding to the warmth and welcome. The pulpit area stood prominent, with traditional lectern and a carved wooden throne for the Chair of BWF, Margaret Skea, to lead the afternoon’s readings.
Bodies of readers and listeners began to filter into the room on the first floor from the sunny rays outside nearing 2pm. It was the second BWF Open Mic of the year to be held in The Museum Room, but the first BWF Open Mic event to be held as part of the Peebles Arts Festival, the festival of which was buzzing and vibrant.
The Peebles Library is normally closed on a Saturday afternoon but was opened especially for this event and for that the BWF were truly grateful to the hosts.
As 2pm approached, delicious home baking offerings were laid out for the interval along with hot and cold beverages, and first at the pulpit was one of three poets, who had further poetry readings later on the same day as part of the festival.
As the afternoon progressed, it was apparent that the talent was broadening, the diversity of writing content abundant and this was a lovely forum for people to express their written and spoken word without judgement. Seventeen writers read and the audience were as much a part of the warmth, humour and awe as the readers. There was enthusiasm, encouragement all the way, social interaction, awareness growing of the local talent, book signing opportunities and confidence building enough to create a thirst for another session very soon.
The next BWF Open Mic Event is therefore scheduled for Saturday 12th November 2016 in The Lesser Room, St. Boswell’s Village Hall, St. Boswell’s from 2-4pm, doors open at 1.30pm. See attached poster for more details. Hope to see and hear as many of you there as possible.
More author and reader specific information to follow after the November session.
Thanks for your words and literary prowess.
Review by Hayley Emberey.