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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Conrad DiDiodato's - Launch of Bridget bird

The pictures below are of the latter  part of the afternoon.  Conrad was very generous to open the floor to other poets to read their work at his launch of Bridget bird, published by Serengeti Press.

James Deahl - Sarnia poet
Norma West Linder -  Sarnia poet and short story writer
David Haskins - Grimbsy poet
Stan White - Brantford poet

The main part of this blog is meant to talk about Conrad's book launch which was held at Puddicombe Farm in Winona.

I was most fortunate to get a ride with Stella, otherwise I could not have attended.

Winona is approximately 45 minutes to an hour from downtown Hamiton by car and as far as I know, there is no bus that goes out that way.  We drove through some wonderful countryside and took the back roads which I much prefer.

Conrad and his wife Maria are delightful hosts and it is always a pleasure to be in their company. This is my third time of attending one of their poetry events and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Writers from Cambridge, Brantford, Hamilton, Grimbsy and Sarnia attended this event.  It was very good to see everybody again.

Conrad opened up the reading with explanations about his individual poems and then read them.  I found that interesting as it came me a complete picture of the "why" of a poem.

Conrad reading from his new book

It is a lovely venue, and this time, we went by the inside stairs which were easier for me to get up. 

What a difference a year makes, the last year I had broken ribs from a fall at a Waterfalls here in Hamilton and we did not know about the inside stairs.  Instead my friend and I walked up the outside stairs (iron stairs - see through.)  As a person who does not do well with heights (even a small step stool), it was a test of endurance for me, not to mention the hurt of broken ribs!

This year was a piece of cake getting up those stairs.

As is usual, Maria had set up a lovely buffet table and invited the assembled guests to partake. After Conrad delighted his audience with readings from his new book, we took a little break and then Conrad generously invited other poets to share in his happy day by reading from their own work.
Becky Alexander - Cambridge poet

April Bulmer - Cambridge poet

A wonderful afternoon, spent with kindred spirits. Thanks for dropping by and come back again when you have the time.

To purchase a book from Conrad, please e-mail him at  The price is $18.00 plus shipping and handling.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, dear Wilma

    I'm so happy (and grateful) that you've attended. Look forward to seeing you at many more poetry venues.