The evening opened with the music of the folk/jazz/blues trio called The Aforementioned, consisting of lead singer/composer Noelle Hall with Dean Thompson and Helen Thompson. Susan Downe, our featured poet from one year ago, introduced St. Thomas poet Julie Berry who read from her two collections to rapt attention and laughter from the audience. Her descriptions of school teaching and small town and rural life managed to combine simplicity, mystery and humour with a powerful sense of poetry. Fifteen open mic poets from all ends of every spectrum read late into the evening, punctuated by the sound of forks on plates of Greek food and the sipping of wine.
Julie Berry interview and poems: http://www.londonpoetryopenmic.com/season-3-interviews-and-poems/october-22nd-2014
Musicians’ bio for The Aforementioned: http://www.londonpoetryopenmic.com/biographies---featured-poets--musicians/the-aforementioned-the-music-for-nov-5ths-open-mic
NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE
Now that we have a new photographer, Brie Berry, we've decided to use a new style of photographic presentation in our post-event photo galleries. Instead of trying to give them a slick, professional look by the use of extensive cropping and the artificial addition of exposure and colour warmth, etc, we are posting the photos raw, just as they come out of Brie's camera. Consequently, viewers get a much more realistic view of the event. They can step into the photos and walk around. They can more easily imagine actually being there. And, let's face it, London Open Mic is not a mega-corporation marketing some high-end product. It is a local, amateur, all-volunteer community organization paying its way with a donation jar.