No16 cafe in Tape Street hosted an evening of poetry and prose readings last Friday night as a part of the Cheadle Arts Week.
William Grieg, a member of Cheadle U3A poetry group, read two poems, followed by Judith Hollies, a member of Renegade Writers, with a folk tale written in Moorlands dialect. Peter Coleborn, owner of award winning publishers Alchemy Press had a story within a story to tell. Ipstones poet Bev Adams, another Renegade Writer, read a few of her poems, followed by the opening to a novel from magazine writer Peter Callaghan. After the break came renowned local children’s author Sally K March (aka Margaret Ede) with story of Budgie mayhem. Rick Hermolle, producer/director of junior C.A.T.S. had a section of another novel based on the dark world of the croupier, whilst award winning author Jan Edwards lightened the mood (a little) with a tale of ferrets and their teeth. The final reader of the evening was Staffordshire University Student Martha Hermolle, hot from her success at the National One Act Festival held in Cheadle last week (at which she won Best Original Play) with the opening chapter of her crime novel.
The evening, organised by Rick Hermolle and Jan Edwards, was a huge success, with the cafe packed to capacity. We hope to hold another similar event very soon! Our special thanks to our hostess Jane Harrison for opening No16 Cafe for the evening.