Yesterday afternoon, Coverstory books latest publication, “Oak Tree Alchemy”, was launched in a cosy venue at The Oak Tree pub, in Helperby, North Yorkshire. The pub is the monthly venue for a group of poets whose work the book showcases. Largely in recognition for the superb hosts they have proven over the years, the collection is named after the venue.
On a lovely spring day when many people might easily have chosen to spend the time outside, some thirty five people congregated to hear each of the poets read a sample from the book. Those poets were (in order of performance): Kate Swann, David Smith, Christopher Pearson, Paul Judge (who sang), Roger Gould, Lydia Ebdon, Brian Cuffley, Brian Clark, and myself. Two of the poets included in the anthology were unable to be there: Mary Reval, who is overseas, and David McAndrew who so sadly died a month before the book’s launch. (Kate read for Mary, and I read David’s wonderful ‘Toussaint’.)
Judging by the smiling faces and the generous applause we received, I believe the afternoon was a great success, and it was tremendous having played a small part in it.
The painting is an original by Hazel Clark.