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Autumn tour: 3 major festival dates for The Glass Aisle

The Glass Aisle, the brilliant collaboration between acclaimed poet Paul Henry and singer-songwriter Brian Briggs, frontman of the band Stornoway will be performed a number of major arts festivals this autumn. The Glass Aisle will be performed as part of a broader event featuring new songs from Henry & Briggs, plus poetry from Henry’s collections Boy Running and The Brittle Sea. The autumn tour dates include: Sunday … Continue reading Autumn tour: 3 major festival dates for The Glass Aisle

The Glass Aisle – Paul Henry & Brian Briggs’ work announced for Festival No. 6

In 2015 musician and frontman Brian Briggs performed with his band Stornoway on the main stage at the award-winning Festival No.6 in Portmeirion. In 2017, Brian returns to the festival with poet Paul Henry to perform their astonishing collaborative work The Glass Aisle: Poems and Songs. The pair will be on The Piazza stage at Festival No. 6 on … Continue reading The Glass Aisle – Paul Henry & Brian Briggs’ work announced for Festival No. 6

Diary of the Last Man – an imaginative film portrait of, and performance from, poet Robert Minhinnick

Diary of the Last Man is an imaginative film-portrait of the writer and poet Robert Minhinnick. The brilliant new film by director Eamon Bourke will be screened at a series of special events throughout late 2017 and early 2018 , including Crickhowell Literary Festival on 5 October 2017. Each screening will be followed by a performance … Continue reading Diary of the Last Man – an imaginative film portrait of, and performance from, poet Robert Minhinnick

Jeremy Corbyn is right: poetry can change the world

“Poets are the un­acknowledged legislators of the world”- Percy Bysshe Shelley In today's i newspaper Ledbury Poetry Festival poet in residence Fiona Sampson examines the political power of poetry, in times of austerity, political change and ahead of the 21st Ledbury Poetry Festival, the UK's biggest poetry festival, which runs from 30 June - 9 … Continue reading Jeremy Corbyn is right: poetry can change the world

Paul Henry and Brian Briggs’ The Glass Aisle announced for Kenilworth Arts Festival

Poet Paul Henry and musician and frontman of Stornoway, Brian Briggs will perform their astonishing collaboration The Glass Aisle: Poems and Songs at Kenilworth Arts Festival on 18 September, in the town's Priory Theatre. Kenilworth Arts Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of the creative arts that weaves throughout the leafy setting of historic Kenilworth. The … Continue reading Paul Henry and Brian Briggs’ The Glass Aisle announced for Kenilworth Arts Festival

Good Vibrations: Mike Love and the Beach Boys at the Union Chapel

I'm lucky to do a job I'm really passionate about and one that brings me genuine fulfilment. When I recall my days as 'head of hoisery' at BHS, which essentially meant I spent my days sorting and restocking a wall of indistinguishable tan tights into neat columns day in day out under the watchful eye of … Continue reading Good Vibrations: Mike Love and the Beach Boys at the Union Chapel

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017 full programme announced

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017: Paddy Ashdown, Richard Dawkins, Simon Armitage, Bejan Matur join all-star cast ‘from all over the world’ to celebrate 21 years of the UK’s biggest poetry festival 30 June – 9 July 2017 http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk

‘A haunting elegy to the displaced’ Paul Henry and Brian Briggs’ The Glass Aisle Live

The Glass Aisle is a unique collaboration between acclaimed poet Paul Henry and singer-songwriter Brian Briggs, frontman of the band Stornoway which will be touring festivals and venues throughout 2017, as part of a broader event featuring Henry's poetry.

Mandasue Heller blog tour & live tour announced

2017 has started apace, bringing a whole new year of bold, exciting book publications, festivals and events into view. I'm very excited about the projects I'll be working on this year and it's a thrill to start it with this special book. Next week Sunday Times top ten bestselling author Mandasue Heller will publish her greatly anticipated 15th book and … Continue reading Mandasue Heller blog tour & live tour announced

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017 announces 21st anniversary celebrations

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017: The UK’s biggest poetry festival celebrates its 21st anniversary by taking a dazzling programme of events to the streets 30 June – 9 July 2017   http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk ‘A rare and genuine joining of place, poetry and people’ Carol Ann Duffy In 2017, Ledbury Poetry Festival, the UK’s original, biggest and much-loved poetry … Continue reading Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017 announces 21st anniversary celebrations

It’s All About That Audience – 3 Ways To Boost Your Book Events

Every element of the publishing process is wired to sell more books but sometimes book events don’t deliver sales in the way we’d expect them to. With this in mind, I propose a renewed approach to how we put on book events that will work to remedy this. I’ll start by telling you a personal … Continue reading It’s All About That Audience – 3 Ways To Boost Your Book Events

Shore to Shore Tour: Celebrating Poetry & Community with the Laureate and Friends

Picador presents CELEBRATING POETRY AND COMMUNITY WITH THE LAUREATE AND FRIENDS with Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay, John Sampson with special guest poets 19 JUNE 2016 - 2 JULY 2016  Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold, original voice and one of Britain’s best-loved poets since the publication of Standing Female Nude … Continue reading Shore to Shore Tour: Celebrating Poetry & Community with the Laureate and Friends

World Poetry Day 2016: Last Night’s Moon by Anne Michaels

On World Poetry Day 2016, I came across this arresting poem by Anne Michaels, from her third collection Skin Divers, during a brief pause in my day. I read her incredible Orange Prize winning novel Fugitive Pieces whilst studying Holocaust Literature at university yet all these years later only now come to read her as a poet. I remember that novel for its impact, for her ability to … Continue reading World Poetry Day 2016: Last Night’s Moon by Anne Michaels

Spring Poetry: Faber New Poets On Tour

FABER NEW POETS ON TOUR Faber New Poets 2015-2016 - Elaine Beckett, Crispin Best, Sam Buchan-Watts & Rachel Curzon - will tour the UK this Spring to celebrate the publication of their pamphlets on 7 April. Now in its fourth incarnation, Faber New Poets is an innovative publishing scheme from Faber & Faber in association with Arts … Continue reading Spring Poetry: Faber New Poets On Tour

Poem – To Jane: The Invitation by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shortly after he passed away, a few weeks ago I found out for the first time about the existence of 76 letters written by my paternal Grandfather whilst a P.O.W. in Nazi Germany from 1941 - 1944. This experience among other things, shaped his love of the natural world and the freedom of the great outdoors. My … Continue reading Poem – To Jane: The Invitation by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Event: Faber New Poets 2015-2016 read together for first time at Faber Social

Last month, Faber & Faber with Arts Council England announced the recipients of the Faber New Poets scheme 2015–16, with awards going to Crispin Best, Elaine Beckett, Sam Buchan-Watts & Rachel Curzon, as well as a further eight highly commended poets. Open to those who have yet to publish a first collection or pamphlet, the Faber … Continue reading Event: Faber New Poets 2015-2016 read together for first time at Faber Social

William Blake’s Sussex Cottage saved by The Blake Society and The Big Blake Project

A beautiful autumn morning begins with the news from The Blake Society and Rachel Searle of The Big Blake Project that William Blake's Felpham cottage (pictured) has been saved and will be kept in trust for the nation. Tim Heath, chairman of The Blake Society issued a statement on the Society's website yesterday about the … Continue reading William Blake’s Sussex Cottage saved by The Blake Society and The Big Blake Project

Press Release: Blink-182’s Travis Barker’s publishes memoir Can I Say this autumn

CAN I SAY Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums, Drums, Drums TRAVIS BARKER with Gavin Edwards UK Publication: 5 November 2015 (US publication 20 October 2015) £20 Hardback and Ebook, William Morrow Pre-order here Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane … Continue reading Press Release: Blink-182’s Travis Barker’s publishes memoir Can I Say this autumn

For The Love Of Blake: London fundraiser for Blake’s cottage Saturday 19th September 2015, 7pm

FOR THE LOVE OF BLAKE Authors including Deborah Levy, SJ Watson and George Szirtes gather at Waterstones Piccadilly to save William Blake’s Sussex cottage Saturday 19 September 2015, 7pm-8.30pm, Waterstones Piccadilly Tickets £10 in advance (£6 students) including a glass of wine On the evening of Saturday 19 September 2015, leading lights of the literary community … Continue reading For The Love Of Blake: London fundraiser for Blake’s cottage Saturday 19th September 2015, 7pm

The Alchemy of Joy : Babble On at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

I write this not long after returning from Edinburgh International Book Festival, & 5 days of joyful work which included overseeing Babble On; the festival strand which celebrates poetry & performance in all its forms. By the grace of the festival's Associate Director Roland Gulliver & Director Nick Barley, myself & Luke Wright were permitted once again to … Continue reading The Alchemy of Joy : Babble On at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

Bigmouths Strike Again: Babble On returns to Edinburgh Book Festival 2015

Ding Ding! Round two. In ten days time, I'll be getting a train to one of the world's greatest literature festivals - Edinburgh International Book Festival - as we prepare for the festival's very own spoken word programme BABBLE ON. Babble On poet, co-programmer & co-producer Luke Wright is up there already performing 2 shows  - the magnificent What I Learned … Continue reading Bigmouths Strike Again: Babble On returns to Edinburgh Book Festival 2015