Glad I could catch your act ... You were terrific.
Billy Collins - US Poet Laureate (2001-2003)
Remarkable, like a great jazz quintet only with voices
Adrian Mitchell - Shadow Poet Laureate
An uplifting performance, nicely paced and orchestrated
George Szirtes - Poet, Translator, Editor, Critic, and Artist
Like spoken music - and it made me laugh too
Mike Newell - Director of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'
An exciting and fascinating quick-fire montage of contrasting poems and voices that
delighted the packed James Cable Room - such a complete sell-out event that the five poets sitting in the front row waiting to begin were forced to give up their seats.
Michael Laskey - Chairman, The Poetry Trust
Joy of Six was a wow!!! Superb material, superbly performed!
Susan Utting - poet and Late Shift ensemble member
Joy of Six was one of the most exciting features we've had at our reading series so
far. The play of voices and styles against one another in the seamless (and clearly
harmonious!) ensemble setting was brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed.
While each poet's unique voice could be experienced fully, no one voice
overshadowed any other, all blending together in service to the fabulous,
breathtaking whole. Please let me know when you're next coming to the U.S., as we'd
love to have you again. In the meantime, get busy and get yourself a CD made -- New
York wants them badly!
Jackie Sheeler - Poetz Calendar
It's hard enough to find poets who can both write well and perform their work effectively.
It's hard to find six such poets. It's hard to find six such poets who like each other well enough, or respect each
others work enough, to perform well together. It's very very hard to find all this going on at the same time with
Cambridge accents thrown in for good measure. I'm not sure this group is even statistically possible but they
If you haven't seen or heard Joy of Six you are missing the best spoken word ensemble this grizzled veteran of
the poetry wars has ever had the privilege of enjoying on either side of the pond.
Angelo Verga - Poet
I had the privilege last night of seeing Peter Howard and the Joy of Six in action last
night. WOW! Talk about performance! They were funny, poignant, sexy, and just
plain terrific. I had my children with me (couldn't find a babysitter when my husband
had to go out of town at the last minute) and they loved it, too.
Cynthia Newcomer - Poet and Writer
The Joy of Six's performance at The Babylon Gallery was both hugely
entertaining and deeply thought provoking in equal measure. Much appreciated
by the near capacity audience it was a wonderful way to launch our series of
'Voices in the Gallery' events.
Nathan Jones - Events Manager, ADeC
Many thanks for reading at Poetry & Jazz, it was a very enjoyable evening, the audience was
delighted with the poetry delivered in such a relaxed and entertaining way, a good polished
Jo Roach - Poetry & Jazz Organiser
Well, I thought you were all brilliant. Quite a few poems I didn't know and those I did seemed
fresh in their new presentation. A triumph.
Emily Dening - Poet and Critic
Thank you, one and all, for a fine performance last night.
I appreciate the hard work that went into making your performance flow in
the poised and balanced way it did. The continual contrast between your individual voices
(literal and poetic) kept the whole thing listenable and interesting to the
last. ... a stroke of genius.
Peter Salt - Bedfordshire Literature Officer
my thanks for a most enjoyable
evening. You've got a very good and balanced programme there, and from all
the comments, I know everyone enjoyed it.
Pat Buik - Toddington Poetry Society
Thanks for a terrific performance. It was refreshing to have a performance that was unique and
so well conceived. I would recommend Joy of Six to any venue.
Rick Pernod - poet, and director of Exoterica
Poetry uses better words than stories.
Bill Daniel (age 10)
I have had e-mails, phone calls and people stopping me in the street to ask 'when are they coming again?'
Jill Steinberg - Festival Organiser
Thank you for bringing your 'Flirtations' to Llanfyllin. A real treat.
Noson wych! Diolch am ddod i Llanfyllin.
A memorable evening - enjoyed it a lot. Thanks.
Noson fendigedig! Diolch o galon! (A wonderful evening - many thanks)
The juxtaposition of people/ideas/words really really worked. More please
Very enjoyable thank you!
I was just going off for a bike ride when Jenny and Pauline persuaded me to come to your poetry reading and it was well worth it. Let us know when you're doing another.
A great evening in a small space
Thanks - a great birthday night.
Brilliant stuff, professionally performed. Very enjoyable.
Fantastic! Our first experience of a poetry reading by the actual poets, and we enjoyed it enormously! Thank you all!
Val, Ros, Mair
Hilarious and moving, too.
Wonderful mixture of funny and thoughtful.
I've long since forgotten when I began wandering stumbling and fumbling white cane in hand traveling
through hyperspace endlessly searching for keys to the rocket ship fueled up and ready to ride to
the stars on words that were worthy of effort would repay in spades the pain of the process it takes
one to wade through the slop while tripping on tripe the sweetness of saccharine stuck in my throat
the stench of the rot sharp sticks in my eyes to keep me from sleeping with no way of steering while
racing at warp-speed the road of the warrior-clan strewn wide with bleached bones and blood-covered
bodies of wordsmiths who claimed to have keys to the castle gate keys to the hidden box cradling the
grail keys to the rocket ship fueled up and ready to go but few did until I found you.
Bob Millard - cyberspace traveler