Stalybridge Writing Group Relaunched at Rifleman Inn

Poets Corner returns eleven years after formation

The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, Stalybridge
The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, Stalybridge: scene of Poets Corner’s return eleven years after formation.

The start of 2003 saw the formation of The People’s Gallery. In June of that year came the formation of Poets Corner, a writers’ group which spun off from the gallery and later continued under the name of ‘People’s Performance’. During the warm summer of 2003, gigs took place on the Town Hall Remains with at least 30 – 45 watching. As the group found difficulties in hiring suitable rooms in Stalybridge, the group lay dormant.

Till today. Till 5pm on a sunny early evening, at The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, Astley Street, Stalybridge.

The People’s Gallery chose to reform Poets Corner on the last day of the first Stalybridge Fringe Festival. Over two hours at the Rifleman Inn, original and not-so-original poetry was recited by a dozen readers of varying style. This ranged from the downright humorous to the autobiographical, scathing and introspective. Plus the fellow behind East of the M60 was there, as a reader, with a quintet of original compositions.

It was well received among its readers and anyone watching at the Rifleman Inn. One which aims to be the first of many. In short, a new beginning with monthly gigs on the last Sunday of each month between 6pm and 8pm.

The next Poets Corner gig at the Rifleman Inn will be on the 27 October 2013, starting at 6pm. Further information and forthcoming announcements will be detailed on The People’s Gallery’s Facebook page.

S.V., 29 September 2013.

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