Fourth Friday October 26th

Poetry from Jeremy Kingston and Angela Kirby.  Music from Leon Rosselson.

Jeremy Kingston is a theatre critic on The Times and was previously the theatre critic on the old Punch for 11 years.  He has written novels, children’s books and two West End plays. He wrote Oedipus at the Crossroads because he wondered how it came about that Oedipus, presumably not wanting to kill his father and marry his mother, did precisely that within a few days. Jeremy felt around for a different explanation.  His first play, No Concern of Mine (with John Fraser and Alan Dobie) was at the Westminster Theatre. Signs of the Times with Kenneth More and Liza Goddard ran at the Vaudeville Theatre for six months.

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 BBC 2 TV (5 to 11) and  BBC Radio  4’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 BBC’s Wildlife Poet of the Year in 1996 and  2001.

Leon Rossleson has been at the forefront of songwriting in Britain for over 50 years. His songs range from the lyrical to the satirical, from the personal to the political, from the humorous to the poignant. Tim McGuire, Whoever Invented the Fishfinger, Don’t Get Married, Girls, Stand up for Judas, My Father’s Jewish World, The World Turned Upside Down – no other British songwriter has written so many finely crafted songs over so many years, covering such diverse subjects and using such a variety of forms.

A 4 CD box set, 72 songs, 5 hours of music, covering 5 decades of songwriting, with an 80 page booklet containing copious notes on the personal and political backgrounds to the songs, has just been released on Fuse Records. Distributed by Proper Music Distribution. This will be its launch.

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