Creative juices flow at poetry night in Havant

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PEBBLES became poetry for a special evening at Havant’s ‘secret’ garden.

Twenty five poets from across the area gathered at The Gazebo Garden, which is listed by English Heritage.

As dusk fell, there was an open mic with poets reading out their work.

Each poet brought pebbles with words written on them and, by candlelight, the wordsmiths constructed a cairn poem.

A cairn is a gathering of stones.

The event was organised by Wordsouth, a Havant-based charity aimed at promoting literacy and words.

Anne Jenkins, who runs the charity, said: ‘The warm, scented air and setting sun created a wonderful setting for the poets’ works which ranged wide; from atmospheric Arabian tales and contemplations of rejection, to thoughts on cycling and families, to a fantasy journey in a lift.

‘Each person had brought with them three pebbles on each of which they had written a word. At the end of the evening these pebbles were built, by candlelight, into a cairn poem. The effect was magical and it is hoped the wordy pebbles will provide visitors to the garden quiet moments of contemplation and joy over the forthcoming months.’