General Applause for Oxford Poetry Festival
By all accounts, the 2nd Annual Wild Blueberry Poetry-at-Large Festival in Oxford was a success and worthy of number three next year.
Poets and writers, both local an invited guests, performed throughout the town on the weekend.
Ruthie Patriquin, the town’s economic development officer, said Oxford was slowly developing a reputation for promoting art and culture. She noted the town has enjoyed a number of events that have attracted visitors to the community.
The poetry settings were not just readings, they were social gatherings. Judging from the response on the weekend, poetry will likely take its place as an annual fixture on the community’s calendar.
In the attached photo, noted writer and former TV host Bruce Graham held court at Trinity United Church for his session at Sunday’s Poetry Café.
Shown below are Rosaria Campbell (Wallace area) and Marilyn Lerch (Sackville) at the Down Town Poetry event, while Richard Dittami (left) and Harry Thurston chat after their poetry readings at the Café.
Photos by Louise Cloutier