Launch of ‘The Happy Bus’ by Louisa Campbell

Last night I was lucky enough to attend a great evening of performance poetry at The Java Bean cafe in Tunbridge Wells, for the launch of the new pamphlet by Louisa Campbell, a member of my local writing group.

Supported by published poets Ira Lightman and John McCullough, both of whom gave great performances, Louisa’s was easily the standout set for me.

A natural performer, she read a selection of poems from The Happy Bus, Published by Picaroon Poetry, which is a collection she describes as ‘charting the journey through anxiety and depression and on to peace and joy’.

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This is not to suggest that her poetry is all dark, for that is certainly not the case. Each one bristles with hope and determination, and frequently humour – for Louisa does humour very well – and had the audience frequently chortling (we chortle a lot in Tunbridge Wells. We also chunter about stuff, but there was none of that last night).

And, let’s face it, how often do you get to see a poet declaiming a couple of their poems in a wolf onesie?, or getting an audience in Tunbridge Wells to yell out a chorus of ‘Bugger!’?

Below, an extract from the pamphlet:

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To get your copy, click on either of the links below.

Amazon UK

Lulu

 

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9 thoughts on “Launch of ‘The Happy Bus’ by Louisa Campbell

  1. Mick, I lived for a few months in Tunbridge Wells and I’m equally amused that an audience there could be so positive to these events!!😀😃 Wish I’d been there…you give a real sense of the evening and Louise’s book looks wonderful, full of warmth and insight.

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  2. Hi, Mick, I have to confess that my first thought on reading the phrase “great evening of performance poetry” was that it sounded like a great oxymoron. But after reading the full post and the lovely poem by Louisa Campbell, I am a believer that there can, indeed, be such a thing as a great evening of performance poetry. Live and learn. Thanks for sharing.

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