Saturday 3 June, 12 noon - day one and its raining! The launch event is a celebration of Clare Pollard's residency at Toni and Guy's hairdressing salon. The clientele are a bit bemused, but everyone seems delighted with Clare, a wonderfully witty crop of poems, specially designed displays (from artist Imagene Cloet) in the window and around the salon and, of course, the bubbly. The throng in the salon attracts the attention of passers-by who stop and read the poem in the window - though everyone's too wet to stop for long. And some do come in and listen to the work.

Wendy and all the staff at Toni & Guy have been fabulous.

The feathered badge worn by a member of the audience proclaims her a GUARDIAN ANGEL, a friend of Durham Literature Festival - the first sighting of the summer

Clare Pollard reads the poems she created while at Toni & Guy, while around her the work continues

The rain it raineth every day! But Imogene' window still attracts interest.

Wendy Buttleman, manager of Toni & Guy.

Imogene's artwork spread into the salon - each mirror carried a quotation form one of Clare's poems.

Claire Malcolm, Director of New Writing North and fesival programmer

Clare chats to a fan.


And signs her autograph.

Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm

And still it rains!

Having said that we had a good turn out for the SATURDAY NIGHT SCOTS - namely Bill Herbert, Kathleen Jamie and Bill Paterson, at Waterstones in Saddler Street.. A great begining to the festival.

John McGagh, administrator at New Writing North looks stern

Emi considers

Post event chat and sales.


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