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Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas, comedians and kids - an unusually starry poetry event

Harry Enfield and chums entertained a carpet full of children at the new ilovegorgeous shop in Primrose Hill on Saturday morning. Allie Esiri (who Tatler have called 'The Poetry Powerhouse') directed the event, choosing poems from her anthology, iF: A Treasury of Poems for Every Possibility. The starry cast - Harry Enfield, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Morwenna Banks and Ben Miller surprised the Primrose Hill posse of parents and kids with genius, energised readings. Harry Enfield had the crowd in stitches reading Benjamin Zephaniah's 'Be nice to ye turkeys dis Christmas', and then he told the audience they could boo at his Australian accent as he read the part of the kangaroo, opposite Sarah's sweet Duck in Edward Lear's 'The Duck and The Kangaroo'. But he was way too good to boo!

Poems ranged from Tim Burton's 'The Girl with Many Eyes', which ends with the line, 'You really get wet when she breaks down and cries' to A.A. Milne's winning poem about friendship 'Us Two'. By the end of the hour all the audience were joining in....

Audience members included Gina's husband and daughter, Ben's wife and kids, Sarah's husband, the actor/comedian Peter Serafinowicz, Caroline Spencer and chef and food writer Bill Granger.
Both Ben and Gina then had to race off to do matinees - Gina at The National theatre, Ben to the West End to do The Duckhouse. He said they update the play as the run goes on including the latest MP misdemeanours!

There were of course absurdly delicious cakes from Primrose Bakery and colourful  juices from Belvoir Cordials,  and 20% of all takings on the day went to Save the Children. Festive fun was had by both adults and the little ones, and if you want to know more about Allie's apps where you can read, write and share poems with your friends, visit her website Ilterature here.

If your stuck for gift ideas, we think our Moon Festival Dresses & the iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility book are the perfect Christmas present combo! We are offering free post & packaging until midnight on the 20th December, AND a free gift wrapping service at the checkout for your gorgeous gifts. 

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