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Torbay Poetry Festival

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The Festival, in its 15th year, started on 20 October this year with its first readings at Brixham’s Access to Community Education group for disabled people known as ACE.

William Oxley, one of the festival organisers, introduced Gavin Boulus, from Edinburgh, to us.

He entertained us alone, for 50 minutes, with the following poems and songs sometimes accompanying himself on his bongo drums.

He started with ‘Black River’ a protest poem about pollution and careless waste disposal.

Napoleon whilst he waited in Torbay to learn his fate, after defeat at Waterloo. He was a very popular tourist attraction.

A very attractive waitress that he longed to talk with, but he couldn’t pluck up the courage.

The 42 bus as it journeyed around Edinburgh.

The Falkland’s war

The Drum beat of concern

Where the motorway used to end

We very much enjoyed his skilled recitals in many moods.

He enjoyed our warm reception and applause.



Born June 16, 1969. I have lived in Brixham since 1985. I used to be a fisherman until I suffered a spinal cord injury in May 1986. Since then I have been confined to a wheelchair. Hobbies include computing, amateur radio and carp fishing


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