Goodbye to Demented Eloquence

Monday, 25th November 2013

On Saturday, we said goodbye to Demented Eloquence North in the best way we could - with a packed cellar, three great turns, a rip-roaring open mic and the return of my co-host Kit Fryatt.

Kit opened the show with a new poem (good to hear she's been working on new material during her absence!) and introduced the evening's headline act, Karl Parkinson, to the stage for a one poem taster.

I quickly popped on stage next to introduce Bernard Briggs, our first full act of the night. Bernie enjoyed a load of laughs - and, rightly so. From his famous 'Photobooth in Tesco' poem (delivered from memory - a bit of a feat in itself) to his witty run through NHS leaflets for the over 50s, Bernie had us all smiling.

I opened the second half with a new poem called 'Christmas Curmudgeon' which I'd written in the week. I think it went down pretty well, but I could do with a bit more rehearsal time. But, that's exactly why we write our Christmas material early, eh? The Open Mic was next with Cal Wallace, making his first appearance since his 2011 set, walking off with the sweeties with a tale of a futuristic, dystopian Aberdeen smothered in "told you so" sarcasm. Nice!

The next guests were Knotbrook Taylor and David Liddell with a twenty minute piece comprised of poetry and samples. The duo held the room spellbound throughout and I'd love to see them head to a studio to record it and release it in some format.

Headline act Karl Parkinson returned in the third act, reading from his new collection 'Litany Of The City' (Wurm Press) and his beat poetry meets street poetry really brought a piece of Dublin to the granite city tonight.

Demented Eloquence North may be no more, but I shall return to the Cellar next year with my Per-Verse! show with some old and new friends.