December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
Poets took the microphone in Wymondham as the town’s literary festival got underway.
People gathered in the market cross on Saturday morning to hear poetry busking as performers read and recited some of their favourite pieces to help kick start the Wymondham Words festival, which runs until next Saturday.
And there was something for all ages when children’s author, Kevin Price, met youngsters at the Book Fountain where he signed copies of his books.
Mr Price started writing after the death of his young daughter, Maisie, who passed away in October 2009.
His first book, The Beauty Contest at the Zoo, which features a character based on Maisie, was published in 2010.
He said: “I started writing poetry because it helped me express how I was feeling.
“Three years later and my books are sold all over the country and in zoos in the UK and Ireland.”
He also thanked the owner of the Book Fountain, Robert Smith, for his support.
Mr Price, who lives in Bowthorpe with his partner, Andrea and their son, Albert, left his job as the managing director of a construction firm in Norwich and now focuses full-time on his writing. He has now published four books.
Artistic director, Moniza Alvi said: “The busking went really well, we had a good crowd of people reading, reciting and watching.
“One man recited several poems about Wymondham, some people recited poems they wrote themselves and some people read some classics – Seamus Heaney, Edward Lear, John Betjeman and Wendy Cope, who will be at our literary lunch on Thursday.
“This was a good event to kick off the festival.”