Sunday, 30 September 2012
We'd arrived after the start. In fairness we'd also been in Manchester earlier in the day and the last part had become gently rushed.
There had been a couple of detours on the walk to the spot. One to get some Montepulciano and another when we'd walked along the front of the fortified walls instead of their inside in order to reach the entrance.
We could have known something about structures having an inside and an outside.
We could have used logic. You don't put a door into the outside of a castle except where there's the drawbridge. Sure enough we could see the little slit windows suitable for firing arrows at marauders.
Our objective was to reach Morden Tower for the poetry reading. Up some clattery centuries-old stairs towards a door jammed tightly shut.
We mused about how to gain attention "knock quietly, perhaps". I don't think the siege in 1644 would have seen the outsiders knocking quietly.
Then we were inside to hear 2012's North Eastern poets in the tiny venue where Ginsberg, Corso, Ferlinghetti and many others have honed their words.
Camera and iPhone-less, the picture is from Morden Tower's own archive.
Posted by rashbre at 18:09