The Home Library Service brought thirteen service users to St John’s Wood Library to enjoy poetry, pastries and each other’s company for Silver Sunday 2015. Some attendees find it very difficult indeed to get out, so they were very pleased to be able to take part and enjoy the lovely sunny day we had.
Poet Anna Robinson was our host for the afternoon. Anna is a Londoner who spent the summer a few years back working at St Johns Wood Library and is still closely linked to libraries in Lambeth. As well as Anna we also had in attendance Nell Stryk (widow of the poet Lucien Stryk), who shared some of his work as well as her own. A couple of other talented amateur poets in the group also spoke.
There was great interaction and numbers were exchanged, with talk of setting up a writing group. Lunch was a big success – our guests were very pleased to have “proper tea cups and saucers” and be able to meet new people and spend time visiting the actual library building.
A quote from Anna from the day:
“Well that was really special – a few older women came under their own steam and then Westminster delivered some house bound people in a bus. Amongst the bus people were Nell Stryk, widow of the fabulous late Lucien Stryk, Basho’s translator and wonderful poet, and a few other good amateur poets. A serious, knowledgeable audience – and a lovely lunch was laid on as well.”
One of the participants sent us this message:
‘A huge thank you to all the librarians and to Anna Robinson who organised the enjoyable event on 4 October in St John’s Wood Library. They were tireless in their thoughtful organising of everything from transport to delicious cakes for the delight of all the guests.
It was moving to hear the talented poets , so courageous to read their work aloud for our enjoyment.
As a retired physiotherapist I well know how much it means to the housebound to be taken out and entertained , meet new people , see new places etc .
You truly gave us all a Golden Sunday , rather than a Silver.
On behalf of all your guests, thank you again.’
This was the first time we had organised an event on a Sunday as we now have the ability to provide transport for our readers on this day. The response we had showed us that there is a definite need for future events on Sundays.
[Elaine and Toni]