This Saturday (7th May 7.30 pm) I'm reading at the Malt Kiln Bardsea, near Ulverston, alongside Graham Austin with music from Demix.
I don't often get asked to read to the north of here. So it'll be good to head in a different direction on the M6. Although it does mean I won't get to see this beautiful bridge as a signal for being Nearly Home.
My fellow poet, Graham Austin has been prolific: Fuelling Speculation (HappenStance, 2010); Poetry for Blokes, Volumes 1-7; Free Verse Tales from The Home for Historical Personages (2009); Golden Boy and Me, 1 & 2 (2004); and Not a Word (2004, containing the interesting silent performance poem). He's also published two booklets, Considering Eliot's The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock (2009); and The Joker Playing Card (2005).
Demix are from Rusland, with "distinguished pedigrees in the world of rock, blues and folk, their music is distinctive, Sarah’s gorgeous jazz-inflected voice beautifully supported by Rod’s inventive guitar".
I'm looking forward becoming part of A Poem and a Pint's lineage. Its back catalogue includes Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie, Michael Symons Roberts, Helena Nelson, Christopher Reid, Clare Shaw, Andrew Forster and tons of other admirable poets.