I'm really sad to hear of the demise of this fine institution. Although I have not been able to be a regular attendee at Poets' Corner, I've always thought it wonderful. And your points about the value of a daytime event at a central venue are most apt. I so enjoyed the time I brought my mum along to enjoy the fun. And I know that she did, too.
I recognise that an enormous amount of personal energy and dedication is required to keep these things running, and I'm grateful to you for doing this for so long. Nandi Chinna, who has done something similar with Voicebox in Freo, recently invited three others to help out with running the event, so that the strain is not so much on one individual. I guess, however, that all options have been explored before taking the decision to bring down the curtain on Poets' Corner?
Thank you for the opportunities you gave me to read and share my work, as well as to hear such a diverse and stimulating range of other poets. It will be great if your retirement from this organisational contribution frees up space for your to pursue more of your own creative work,
All the best,