Saturday, July 01, 2006

The World Cup did not stop the Sentinel Show afterall

When England is scheduled to play an important World Cup match, any other event in England expects a low turn-out. Some actually cancel or reschedule in deference to the England match. Probably why Sue Barker commented, with a hint of surprise at the reasonably large turnout for the Andy Murray vs Andy Roddick clash at SW19. What a clash it turned out afterall, with the young Scott shocking Roddick off the competition.

The Sentinel Live event was scheduled before the World Cup match on Saturday, and we did not feel compelled, though tempted, to cancel the reading. We suspected that in the end it might end up being an event for the passionate few. How often does poetry bear out the saying, 'many are called, but few are chosen'? The show did go on with Durlabh Singh, Munayem Mayenin, and John John-Lewis reading, though it all started shortly after 8pm as event the guests Singh and Mayenin saw the England match at home before dashing to the venue.

We are thankful to the people that made it down, especially, poet and staunch Sentinel supporter, Afam Akeh who came all the way from Oxford.

The next event will take place on Saturday, August 5th.

Nnorom Azuonye