The Bobolyne Poets, created by Jess Butcher, present their first evening of poems, stories and live music in vibrant arts cafe Junkyard Dogs in aid of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
Hosted by Connor Young - the vibe is creative, open and supportive. As each poet steps up to the wooden podium (to essentially reveal their soul) the audience listen intently to the short, long, rhyming, dark and uplifting poems with a warm camaraderie.
As the stories are read aloud, it is apparent that for some of these poems, this is the first time the words have been lifted from the paper. The intimacy and, I suppose, secrecy of the poem is shattered and a certain relief and freedom pours from the artists.
The poets are of mixed ages; the old voices of Brighton are knitted with the new to form a cosy patchwork blanket, much like the backdrop for the evening.
Actress Bramble Wallace (above) discusses finding inspiration for her Launderette poem, "I was in the launderette that morning, and I was having a really bad day, I was just feeling pretty crap. So I took my washing back home and cycled to the beach and I sat there and I just wrote the poem."
Quirky singer song writer Alice Bradley charms the pants off the audience with her electro-folk sounds combined with satirical lyrics.
To keep up with The Bobolyne Poets, follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebobolynepoets. To donate to the Syrian Refugee Crisis, head here: donate.unhcr.org - Faye Butler