Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday's Tower Poetry Society Book Launch

The day was a little warmer thankfully.  My two Chinese friends and I took the bus to Dundas and it worked out very well.  We were offered a ride home thankfully.  I had asked the HSR (the bus company) when the next bus back to Hamilton would be after 4 p.m. in order to be prepared.  The bus service to Dundas is very limited on Sundays.

My friend Jennifer had offered me a ride but did not have the room for three other people.  Another friend had indicated that he might come so I declined the offer so that we all could go together.  As it turned out, he did not come so the ladies and I took the scenic tour to Dundas.

I liked the way the Carnegie Gallery had set up our reading corner - it was very cozy and I could hear a little better as it was more in an enclosed place.  Carnegie Gallery has beautiful object d'art, jewellery, paintings, pottery all on sale.

Fran Figge - President of Tower Poetry

Susan Davis

Joanna Lawson

Our Master of Ceremonies was George Down who is the Editor in Chief.  He gave the assembled audience a run down on how the poetry is judged by the judges.  He has the final say.  Tower gets poetry from all over the world.  George did a very able job of introducing each poet and gave a brief bio for each person.

Debbie Okum Hill - Sarnia group

Jeff Seffinga - former Editor-in-Chief

Valarie Nielsen - former president

Norma West Linder -  Sarnia group
It was truly wonderful to see our friends from Sarnia drive all the way here to join us in this lovely book launch.  We were all able to catch up on each other's news after the readings while we were enjoying the refreshments.

The Sarnia group were invited to read several poems as they had travelled so far to come and join us.

Wilma Seville

Janet Turpin

James Dheal - Sarnia group

Jennifer Tan

Jim Tompkin

Two other poets read their work but unfortunately, no pictures are available at this time.

All in all, a lovely event and well attended.  Carnegie Gallery is a beautiful spot to hold a book launch.

Thanks for dropping by and have a good day.

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