What a wonderful experience! I thought I would be much more nervous than I was – but Kahla from Newcap Television was wonderful and made me feel really comfortable for my interview. After my initial stage-fright passed (she asked me my name; my mouth opened and nothing came out, LOL!) and we had a few laughs, it was just like chatting with an old friend. She said I had a nice reading voice, which made me feel really good. The interview went very well, and Kahla promised it would be awesome when it was edited … lol.
The reading itself was incredible. About 12 lovely ladies from the community were there, and I knew most of them. They were attentive and engaged, and asked lots of questions about my writing process, how long I’d been writing, and wanted to know all about self-publishing. We talked about classical poetry formats and I explained the technique of writing a Villanelle (they loved Tears Raining on the Waves, and one lady was teary-eyed when I read, The Old Weathered Shack). Oh, and they must have enjoyed my poetry because they actually clapped after each poem I read – that was thrilling to me! I read 8 poems altogether, and then we had coffee and discussion afterwards. I really enjoyed the evening! I sold 4 books, and presented one as a gift to the Library.
As unphotogenic as I am, I’m posting a few pictures that the librarian took with my camera … I even had my hair colored and cut for the occasion; the hairdresser cut off almost 9 inches, and my hair still brushes my shoulders, lol. (It looked a lot nicer before the wind blew out the awesome styling!)
Next Tuesday after lunch I have a reading at the Public School, and then again at the Separate School on the Thursday. I think I’m more nervous about reading to the kids! LOL!
This was my first time reading my own poetry in front of people – and I really, really enjoyed it!