In the evening to the second music and literature evening (see 6 December 2008 post). This time we had Telemann (a flute solo), Brahms (the trio in E flat for piano, violin and horn), Mozart (andante in C for flute and piano), Bozza (a wonderful flute solo). Many thanks to our hosts, Stella and hubbie, and the musicians, including Kristine Coreil on horn, from across the Pond, and the dazzling Dirk Herten from La Monnaie. Thanks also to the writers; on this occasion John Boyle, Sebastian Remoy, Leila Rasheed, Jeannette Cook, Tonnie Walls and yours truly. All day my family had, quite rightly, been teasing me because my first published poem had arrived. It’s in a volume called ‘Awakening Inspiration’ (I know – about time!), published by Poetry Now at the Forward Press (ISBN: 978-184418-483-5; don’t all rush at once). It nestles at the bottom of page 80, crushed below a mightier poem, and all the 70-odd poems are in small font. Still, it is an edited and selected (select, maybe?) anthology and I can now risk calling myself a – ahem – published poet.