Abergavenny Brewery Yard Poetry

Ric Hool

Ric Hool recited poetry at the official launch of the multi-million pound scheme to regenerate Abergavenny’s Brewery Yard on Thursday 10 June 2010.

The ceremony marked the completion of an 18-month project, costing £3million to improve the market site and it will now be the site for many events.

Designed by architects MacGregor Smith, the development features glazed canopies and includes space for 74 market stalls, four terraces, new public toilets, a cafe, 96 parking spaces and a piazza.

Artwork, designed by Welsh artist Howard Bowkett, includes a row of barrel pillars with 12 timber seats dotted throughout the site and there is also poetry displayed on the walls chosen by Menna Elfyn.

Ric recited the The Academi Abergavenny Food Festival Poem from 2009 which attracted submissions from over 40 individuals including celebrities Monty DonScott QuinnellLevi Roots and the Mayor of Abergavenny.

Abergavenny Food Festival Poem

Take a south Wales market town

Season with people
Break & blend yolks of tradition
In a pan of marinade

Stir for a morning
Until afternoon
Everyone giddy
As a fast turned spoon

Flash-fry conversations
Hull late soft fruits
Infuse enthusiastic tongues
Around stalls in the Market Hall

Coddle a recipe of chefs
Devil their actions
Flambé their thoughts

Parboil cook books
Pare leaves when almost done
Raise the temperature to completion
Dredge with anticipation

Take a south Wales market town

Blind bake its being
Puree this day
En croute streets of experts

The Foodies say
Kiss me honey, honey
Kiss me
Gee, what a buzz

Winter warmers
Spring desires
Summer coolers
Autumn’s patisserie afire

Sun dried words
Herbal phrases
Abergavenny written thro
Heavenly flavours

Grow yer own pancakes
Inferno grapes
J’aime Puy de Galles
A Parliament of Food

Eat Welsh
Drink Welsh
Rude health

How do you
Cook a thought?

Eto caiff pob un fwyta – cawn yfed
Cawn afiaith o’r gora
Cawn gyfaredd o wledda
Yn yr ŵyl a hwyl yr ha!

Ric Hool
From quotes by the public attending the Abergavenny Food Festival 2009.