Fourth Friday April 27th

Poetry from Valerie Laws and Norbert Hirshhorn.  Music from Rattle on the Stovepipe.

Valerie Laws is a Northumbrian poet, performer, crime novelist, playwright (12 commissioned stage and radio plays) and sci-art specialist. Her tenth book All That Lives arises from Residencies at a London Pathology Museum and at Newcastle University working with neuroscientists. Awards include the Wellcome Trust Arts Award, two Northern Writers’ Awards, twice prizewinner in National Poetry Competition. Devises new poetic forms and science-themed poetry installations and commissions including the infamous Arts Council–funded Quantum Sheep, spray-painting haiku onto live sheep. She featured in BBC2’s  Why Poetry Matters, with Griff Rhys Jones, and live at Royal Festival Hall, London.

Norbert Hirschhorn is a physician specializing in international public health, commended in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as an “American Health Hero.”  He now lives in London and Beirut. His poems have been published in over three dozen journals, seven anthologies, four pamphlets, and two full collections: A Cracked River, Slow Dancer Press, London, 1999, and Mourning in the Presence of a Corpse, Dar al-Jadeed, Beirut, 2008.  A third collection, Number Our Days, is due in 2012.  His work has won a number of prizes in the US and UK.

Rattle on the Stovepipe are Dave Arthur (5-string banjo, melodeon, guitar, vocals), Pete Cooper (fiddle and vocals) and Dan Stewart (5-string banjo, guitar and vocals). They’ve gained an enthusiastic folk club following with their mix of traditional songs, ballads and dance tunes from the British Isles and the Appalachian Mountains region of America. Their 2006 CD with Chris Moreton, ‘Eight More Miles’ (Wild Goose, WGS 333), and the 2009 ‘no use in cryin’ with Dan Stewart has spread their reputation more widely.

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