|Issue 17 - December 1973|
|Spaced Out In Sunderland|
has seen a Science Fiction Festival (the biggest this year!) in Sunderland.
It all happened due to the efforts of Chris Carrell of Sunderland Arts
Centre, and science fiction writers and personalities have visited
the centre to give lectures, lead discussions and present their work.
But one weekend that departed from hard core sci-fi was that of the 16-18 November. Described as a weekend of poetry, fantasy and music, it proved to be pretty enjoyable - at least on the Saturday.
Friday night, the arts magazine Ambit ran their own evening, starring Martin Bax (their editor) and featuring Quaternity - a highly competent jazz band.
But Saturday had the attractions of Adrian Henri, Adrian Mitchell, D M Thomas, Edwin Morgan, Edward Lucie-Smith, John Fairfax and Jeni Conzyn reading their poetry with support from the group 'Sticky George' whose musical versatility must be heard more than it has been before now.
But the late night session - again carried by Adrian Henri, was the best of all. By now the audience (who were not all sci-fi freaks, nor all poetry freaks) were sufficiently settled in to know where the bar was, and the result was a massive jam session, with the audience involved as part of it all. The third encore was called for by one of the centre management "or else the buggers'll never go home" he said.