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In the spring of 2016, Lifejacket, an anthology of poetry and short fiction for the displaced, edited by Lew Kelly, was launched at Waterstones, Liverpool 1, with all proceeds going to support refugees.

Maureen Weldon, a former professional ballet dancer turned poet, attended the launch to read a poem she was proud to have included and was greatly moved by this splendid example of how, by coming together, we can make a real difference in the lives of displaced people. She thereupon resolved to do something herself to further the cause.

Her partner, poet Paul Beech, is a retired social housing manager who spent many years helping the homeless. ‘I was daily reminded of the old adage, “There, but for the grace of god, go I,”’ he says.

With their shared concern over displacement, Maureen and Paul, calling themselves ‘The Free Range Poets’, have now organised ‘An Evening of Poetry & Music’ to raise funds for SHARE, a local charity supporting refugees abroad and homeless people on the streets of Chester. And a lively show it will be indeed!

Full details of the event are included below:

Thursday 24th May 2018

“The Free Range Poets”

(in association with The Chester Poets)

Present an evening of   POETRY & MUSIC

Hosted by – Maureen Weldon & Paul Beech

The Lock Keeper Canalside, Chester CH1 3LH

Starting 7.30 pm. Entry £3 on the night.

With Acclaimed Poets: Morelle Smith, Aled Lewis Evans, David J. Costello, Pat Edwards, Jan Hedger, Kemal Houghton, Margaret Holbrook, Helen Hill, Ian M. Parr, Mike Penney Edwin Stockdale and David Subacchi.

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