Following a successful launch, The Drawing Room Arts Club & Gallery in Haywards Heath hosted its first scheduled event on Sunday.
The event was an evening with John Agard, multi-award winning Poet and Michael Datcher, a New York Times best-selling author from the US.
The two artists performed to a full house at the intimate venue with guest Sandy Ellis, mayor of Haywards Heath.
“It was such a privilege to meet John Agard and Michael Datcher,” said Cllr Ellis.
“To attend a live author event and hear a poet performing their poetry was a wonderful experience. We had such fun and also we learnt so much.”
Michael Datcher described the audience at The Drawing Room as ‘warm and attentive’ as he recited from his new book Americus.
Grace Nichols, who has received the Commonwealth award for her poetry and Paul Milton, a Haywards Heath artist who produced a portrait of David Cameron, also attended.