On the 6th May at the book shop of the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the contributing poets to The Book of Ystwyth gathered to read from it. With the exception of Catriona Urquhart, who died six years ago, all the poets were present. This was quite a feat, as three of them hail from the US and so had to travel a long way indeed. By contrast Damian Walford Davies, who both contributed as a poet to the book and was MC to the evening, had a three minute car journey from his house! However Callum James drove all the way from Portsmouth, which journey probably took him as long as a trans-Atlantic flight! With all the poets safely gathered together, the launch was a perfect occasion, and afterwards we all went for a splendid Indian meal.
I must thank everyone who contributed to the success of the launch. The poets themselves, Ian Hamilton, who drove from Scotland and shared with me the privilege of reading Catriona’s poems, the thoughtful staff at the book shop, Anita for her technical support, Damian for his beautiful introduction and links, and not least the people who turned up in such numbers to hear us. They were an appreciative audience and afterwards purchased many copies of the book.
Luckily Dave Bonta had the foresight to plan a video recording of the reading, and Anita Mills stepped up to the mark and became camera-woman to the event. So for those of you who were not present, although you missed a treat, you can nevertheless see and hear it all HERE.