‘The Toffee Hut brings poetry to town’

On Sunday the 15th of May, history was made here in Mansfield as the year-old quirky cafe on Regent Street celebrated local creativity by hosting one of Nottingham Poetry Festival’s closing acts. 

‘An evening with Richard C. Bower & Guests’ saw the intimate venue sell out as residents came along to enjoy an evening of sweet and salty poetry.

The event was hosted by local writer, Andy Whittaker and packed with cheesy jokes as the Toffee Hut team served refreshments between sets. There were lots to get your teeth stuck into and I’m not just talking about the toffee. As local poets, Phoebe Cox, Emily Vanseizenberg, and Sue Allen shared their work which was well-received as many poems shared themes of community, perspective, and finding one’s way in life. Emily concluded her set with ‘Welcome to Toffee Hut’ which certainly went down a treat! 

The closing act delivered tenfold as Richard recited various poems from his collection in two separate sets. Mansfield Town’s Official Poet closed the event by leaving us with thoughts on the meaning of life, as social commentary takes precedence in much of his work. The local poet also championed Mansfield and its potential to platform creativity as he encouraged the audience to get involved with the evolving writing group ‘Meeting of Minds’ that meet regularly at the Toffee Hut here in Mansfield town centre. 

Thank you, Rachel Richards and the Toffee Hut team! It is amazing to see Mansfield embracing creative minds and platforming the community in such a collaborative manner.

 

If you want to get involved in the group and connect with like-minded creatives then please check out their Facebook group to know more about future meetings and events. (Join here

The next event for ‘Meeting of Minds’ can be found here.

‘The Toffee Hut brings poetry to town’

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 16 May 2022

On Sunday the 15th of May, history was made here in Mansfield as the year-old quirky cafe on Regent Street celebrated local creativity by hosting one of Nottingham Poetry Festival’s closing acts. 

‘An evening with Richard C. Bower & Guests’ saw the intimate venue sell out as residents came along to enjoy an evening of sweet and salty poetry.

The event was hosted by local writer, Andy Whittaker and packed with cheesy jokes as the Toffee Hut team served refreshments between sets. There were lots to get your teeth stuck into and I’m not just talking about the toffee. As local poets, Phoebe Cox, Emily Vanseizenberg, and Sue Allen shared their work which was well-received as many poems shared themes of community, perspective, and finding one’s way in life. Emily concluded her set with ‘Welcome to Toffee Hut’ which certainly went down a treat! 

The closing act delivered tenfold as Richard recited various poems from his collection in two separate sets. Mansfield Town’s Official Poet closed the event by leaving us with thoughts on the meaning of life, as social commentary takes precedence in much of his work. The local poet also championed Mansfield and its potential to platform creativity as he encouraged the audience to get involved with the evolving writing group ‘Meeting of Minds’ that meet regularly at the Toffee Hut here in Mansfield town centre. 

Thank you, Rachel Richards and the Toffee Hut team! It is amazing to see Mansfield embracing creative minds and platforming the community in such a collaborative manner.

 

If you want to get involved in the group and connect with like-minded creatives then please check out their Facebook group to know more about future meetings and events. (Join here

The next event for ‘Meeting of Minds’ can be found here.

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