Well, I have a connection, but what I don’t have is time. Yesterday (Thursday) was excellent, starting for me with Jim Carruth’s poetry walk in bright sunshine, with perfectly chosen poems. The Past & Present session with Tom Leonard and Adrian Mitchell was electric, and had a packed house. The Poetry and Conflict reading gave us all the chance to hear Brian Turner’s harrowing yet humane poems based on his experiences as a US soldier in Iraq, and Sarah Maguire followed up with poems on Palestine, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Annie Freud and Tom Leonard’s read next – I was very impressed with both. I introduced the main evening reading – Penny Shutle and John Burnside. I think I was more nervous doing the intro than I would have been if I’d been reading The evening finished with a poetry and jazz jam, which was a hoot. I intended reading a poem about clarinet playing in my youth, and I’d sorted it all out with the band’s clarinettist before I went on. Then when I was called to the mike he’d disappeared. Fortunately, he reappeared just as mysteriously, and it went well.