The third Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival ended on a lovely note with a boat trip and open mic along River Fal.
The Princessa was a cosy boat, with plenty of seating and a bar. On our journey we passed some splendid views, including Pendennis Castle and St Anthony’s Lighthouse. The open mic welcomed plenty of brilliant poets, and some topical poetry about Pendennis Castle, Plymouth Hoe and various other nautical-themed pieces. However, we also heard a variety of poetry which including poems about sexual health, a friend moving away and Gerður Kristný even read a poem which was partly in Icelandic!
One of my favourite picks from the afternoon was a poem by Viviana, who explained that they had wondered about New York’s famous phrase ‘the city that never sleeps’, and what exactly these nocturnal people get up to. Their poem described some residents of New York they had made up, and why they cannot sleep.
During the boat trip we had an opportunity to go out onto the deck, where the air was crisp and we could enjoy the view of the sun setting over the creek; a beautiful end to the festival.
We would like to thank all of the readers for joining in with the open mic and contributing to the wonderful atmosphere on the boat.