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Isle of Wight poet, Sandy Kealty, will be celebrating her newly published poetry collection ‘The Mermaid Rides Again’ at 2 Island venues that helped hone her poems — Dimbola and Quay Arts.

Join Sandy Kealty reading poems from her new ‘even funnier and rambunctious’ collection at Dimbola on 7th March (19:00-21:30) and Quay Arts on 10th March (19:00-22:00). Both events are free, but If you’re interested in attending then email [email protected] so she has an idea of numbers.

Sandy says:

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“People can expect a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival and an evening of entertainment performed by people who were important in inspiring the poems in the book and my life on the Island. They’ll be quite a lot of me reading from the book. They’ll be music, film, spoken word, songs, photography, and a fellow poet, Graham Brown, who I’ve been working with for a very long time”.

Sandy has chosen these venues as they have been a big part of her evolution as a poet:

“At Dimbola, kindly loaned to me by Brian Hinton, we will be celebrating both the reopening, after extensive refurbishment, and they were instrumental in me honing my performance skills when I first came to the Island.

“Similarly, the poetry open mic sessions at Quay Arts (now the monthly WightLines), were a fine opportunity to make improvements, experiment and make friends. I actually think my writing has come along since I came to the Isle of Wight — a lot of it through performance. It’s through that way of presenting that I’ve managed to hone things, cut things down, get a bit less self-indulgent!”

Both launch events are free with a voluntary collection, as Sandy explains:

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“I’m collecting to raise funds for Julia Margaret Cameron Trust. And at Quay Arts I’m collecting for Planet Aware who have also hosted me for my poetry readings. They do things close to my heart like recycling and picking up rubbish”.

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