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Do you have any advice for first-time readers?

Be kind to the audience.
"If you choose to read in public then remember this is not just about you, it’s about the audience. First time readers sometimes make the mistake of reading very emotional material – which is fine - but can be hard work for the reader and hard work for the audience; why add to your nerves?

To avoid leaving the audience worried that you might kill yourself after leaving the stage(!), choose, say, three poems and place them in order of: easy to understand; then a harder or longer poem; and end with one of medium length and possibly cheerful. This gives the audience a way in to your material, and a stress-free exit. With shorter poems you might fit in 4 or 5, but observe the same principle in shaping your set."
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