As the Poet Laureate at Ce Soir Arts, the wonderfully gifted Russell Eponym is a treasure indeed. Every Tuesday, we gather at The Magic Tree Reading Spot to listen in rapt attention to the array of exceptional readings and reflective ruminations he brings us each week. I often say, “It’s magic!” and it is – every time. His acumen and sensibility seem to know no bounds as he explores everything from the tomes of the greats (Shakespeare, Keats, Wordsworth, etc.) to little gems hidden within the covers of antique bookstore finds. An avid reader and bookstore sleuth, Russell finds some of the most genuinely beautiful, fantastical, and hilarious readings to share! Add to that his own deft writings and a song or two, and you’ve got quite a potion for magic indeed!
We’ve enjoyed everything from belly-laughs with Pam Ayres to sombre moments with Poe – and everything (and I mean, EVERYTHING!) in between. Tuesdays have become my very favourite day in Ce Soir, and it’s all because of Russell. He generally opens with some lovely music – of late, it’s been a beautiful recording by Celtic songstress Kate Rusby – and a truly edifying Thought for the Day, always something worth our attention. He then continues with readings and ruminations to follow along the general theme. Some of his book shoppe treasures have delighted us, and his own writings have captured our hearts. We’ve enjoyed every minute of it including some wildly raucous laughter, wry smiles, and sweet reflections; there has even been some deep reverie of a very serious and meaningful nature – and Russell knows how to balance it all beautifully. It’s an adventure of the spirit…so don’t miss it this week (or next!). We’ll be here at noon, ready for the journey. Come along!