|Dominic Williams and Annie Butler read|
The Nice View by Cynthia Veal Holm
As usual, the Welsh know how to do literature right: mixing an ancient literary tradition with a passion for the spoken word and lots of cider and ale. Poems and Pints is a group of writers who meet every month in Carmarthen to share their work while enjoying delicious beverages. I don't even know what kind of cider I was drinking--just whatever was on tap, which in Wales is always good.
We three Americans were the "guests of honor" at this event--sponsored by Write4Word--which means we got to read a little of our work along with the rest of these passionate, talented writers. What a pleasure to be in a land where literature is so treasured. The writing was first-rate, and the group was full of people who know how to listen.
Cynthia, a bit nervous but charming and collected, introduced her play, which is set on the Missouri River in the state of Missouri.
|Cynthia pulls herself together|
to introduce her award-winning play
My other friend at the event, Jill Johnson, did a stunning job reading from her memoir Waterskiing in Cashmir, which is about her childhood growing up in developing countries. I also read a bit from my memoir Quiet One, about growing up with a mother who has BPD. People who know me will be glad to hear that I read something sort of sweet and light about a high school dance (with some allusion to the tragic, I can't help myself).
|Jill takes a picture as|
the reading begins
The three of us feel privileged to have been invited into this group for the evening. We know how sacred a writers' group space can be, and to allow us to share in it was a true pleasure.