The world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service comes to Settle, with either her Nurse Verse or a trained Poemedic to run the Cold Comfort Pharmacy!
A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her 1970’s ambulance and prescribes poems as cures, called a ‘poemcetomal’.
The poet talks us through what makes her happy.
Q: What is your favourite word, and why?
A: Oooh, let me see...today it’s dunnock...I’ve been watching the little brown birds at the feeder in my garden and they are lovely and I love the sound of the word too!
Q: What was the last book you read?
A: It was a poetry anthology called The Bees Breakfast from Beautiful Dragons Press, with a newly commissioned poem for every county of the British Isles, it’s really unexpected and lovely.
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: I remember having a full body wash in my grandparents ceramic sink in their kitchen in North London.
Q: What, if anything, do you owe your parents?
A: I owe them my bloody-minded questioning of everything to my Dad and to my Indian mother an ability to live completely in the moment!
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
A: Corny but true...I am very very proud of my sons, Joe and Hayden. They’ve turned out to be really gentle and kind young men.
Q: What is your screensaver?
A: It’s my summer garden.
Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure, and if so, what?
A: Lots of pleasures, I don’t think any of them are guilty. Maybe because I should lose a bit of weight it might be cake.
Q: When were you happiest?
A: I am often happy. I don’t like to grade one moment over another. I love my partner Jim and we’re really happy after a few difficult relationships in our past lives.
Come visit the Emergency Poet at the Festival of Happiness on Sat 27th May - 11am - 4pm outside the Settle Victoria House. This is just one of 20 FREE events at the Festival.
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