One of Barnsley’s oldest established country pubs is hoping that a regular fireside gathering of poets and poetry will entice a few extra punters out for a pint.
The Monkey, formerly known as the Eastfield Inn, on Hollingmoor Lane, Thurgoland, is running The Poetry Fireside Hour on the last Wednesday of every month. The sessions are free, and anyone who wants to attend to just listen, or take part, are advised to arrive by 8.45pm. The poetry runs from 9pm to 10pm.
“Local poets and lovers of the word are encouraged to leave the TV and computers to gather round the pub fireside and read their own poems or a favourite rhyme, song, lyric, monologue and so on,” a spokesperson said.
“The emphasis will not be on performance just a casual and comfortable read round in the cosy sofas around the welcoming fire. The evening will be hosted by local celebrity and published poet Granville Danny Clarke.”
Clarke gained his local celebrity status through his musical career with the Foggy Dew-O and art expert role on Channel 4’s ‘Watercolour Challenge’.