Fourth Friday May 27th

Poetry from John Godfrey and Angela Kirby.  Music from Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke.

John Godfrey has been writing for over 20 years, occasionally appearing in magazines but preferring, in the main, to enter poetry competitions, the anonymity of which, he believes, give you a fairer assessment of how you’re doing.  His first full collection, The Man on Crewe Station, originally scheduled for publication in October 2008, disappeared into a black hole when publisher Peterloo folded at about that time but is coming out from Rockingham Press this year.  Many of the poems in it were poetry competition successes during the last ten years.

Angela Kirby was born in rural Lancashire in 1932 and now lives in London.  Apart from bringing up five children, she has worked as, amongst other things, a cleaner, dog-walker, washer-up, waitress, chef, painter and decorator, garden designer, freelance journalist and non-fiction writer  – mostly on cooking, gardening and related subjects).  Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and On the Buses,  have been read on BBC2 TV (5 to 11), and  BBC Radio4’s  Poetry Please, Woman’s Hour and Pick of the Week, and  have won prizes and commendations in several major competitions, including the Arvon and the National.  She was the BBC1’s Wildlife Poet of the Year in 1996 and 2001.  Her first collection, Mr. Irresistible, was published by Shoestring Press.

Fran McGillivray  and Mike Burke have played folk, roots and blues clubs and festivals throughout the British Isles and Europe both as a duo and fronting the five piece band So Long Angel.  Original songs form the core of Fran & Mike’s music and these are complemented by soulful, dynamic and powerful interpretations of blues, and British and American folk songs.  Fran and Mike released their acoustic CD “Restless” in February 2006  Festival appearances in 2006 included Folk on the Pier at Cromer in May and Broadstairs Folk Festival in August.

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