What makes a good Poetry Reading

Great pointers summed up for a good poetry reading! Thanks for posting @emmalee1. 🙂

Emma Lee's Blog

Recently, having been to WORD! and Shindig spoken word evenings and attended events as part of Leicester University’s Literary Leicester festival, I’ve been thinking about what makes a successful poetry reading. I’m also preparing for my poetry reading and book launch of “Mimicking a Snowdrop” at Leicester’s Friends (Quakers) Meeting House on Queens Road, LE2 1WP from 3pm on Saturday 13 December.

I’m sharing some thoughts below and welcome comments:

Atmosphere

Poetry likes intimacy, but intimacy doesn’t necessarily mean a small venue. A cabaret-style arrangement where the audience sit around tables rather than in the regimental lines of a theatre or lecture hall creates a more relaxed feel. Letting the audience know how the event is structured helps create a welcoming feel.

The audience need to see the poet too, so a poet who can stand or can use a stage will command more attention than someone who sits behind…

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