Fourth Friday March 23rd

Poetry from John Lucas and Mark Gwynne Jones.  Music from Balabustah.

John Lucas, whose Studying Grosz on the Bus won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize in 1990, has published ten collections of poetry, most recently Things to Say.  His translation of the poems of Egils Saga, available as I, the Poet Egil, is an Everyman Modern Classic.  Among his many other books are critical studies of Dickens, Arnold Bennett, and English Poetry.  92, Acharnon Street, an account of Greece, won the Authors’ Club Dolman Award for Best Travel Book of 2008.  Since then he has published Next Year Will be Better: A Memoir of England in the 1950s, now a paperback, and a novel, Waterdrops.  He is publisher of Shoestrig Press, Professor Emeritus of the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham Trent, and he plays cornet with the Burgundy Street Five.

Five times fringe-award winner, Mark Gwynne Jones is well known for mind altering poetry with an almost music-hall edge. He mixes humour and poignancy with great skill and through collaborations with film-makers and musicians he is pushing poetry in new and exciting directions. Mark’s work is contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive.

Balabustah are Chris Taylor (accordion) and Bernard Greenwood (violin) They play Klezmer, Traditional Eastern European, Gypsy, Jazz and original compositions.  Chris has played the accordion since the age of seven, having been taught by the renowned player Martin Lukins. She has performed in bands since she was fourteen and for fourteen years  toured with a ceilidh band in Britain, North America, Bulgaria and Hungary.  She also performs with The Walking Wounded, a Balkan gypsy rock band, and is a freelance music education consultant.  Bernard has played the violin since he was ten. He was a founder member of Stroller in the Air mime theatre for which he composed, devised and performed music as well as performing as part of the company in various venues including The Roundhouse, The South Bank, Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Bristol’s Arnolfini.   He also performs with The Crispy Hot Club, a gypsy jazz swing trio.

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