The Awkward People book launch will be held at Drummonds (The Swan With Two Nicks) in Worcester on Sunday 14th January. Come along to celebrate Suz’s well deserved success, and enjoy some wonderful performances from some of Worcestershire’s finest. Doors open at 3.30PM for a Four O’clock start. There is a bar, and I heard it will be hosted by that handsome bald fellow you all love.
Delighted! I received two recent additions to my ever growing collection of poetry from Paul F. Lenzi. As Paul’s biggest fan across the pond, I heartily recommend reading any of this wonderful poet’s endeavours.
A prolific and pensive poet, Paul F. Lenzi has written more than twenty books, and pens a hugely popular and successful blog (https://poesypluspolemics.com/). Paul is a keen advocate for other writers, and has long been supportive of other poets (myself included). This man has as much love as he has talent (no small wonder, he is widely adored).
Ben Parker, the reigning poet in residence at Worcester’s Swan Theatre (and former poet in residence at The Museum of Royal Worcester Porcelain) has recently had a collection of poetry published! I first met Ben at the beginning of the year, a gentleman in my eyes; and a gifted poet.
When I saw Mr Parker perform poetry from his collection ‘The Amazing Lost Man’ at a recent Worcestershire Litfest & Fringe Speakeasy, I had to get a copy. Signed, ‘To Baldy, with love’, I am chuffed to further bow my bookshelves with Ben’s offering.
Published by Eyewear Publishing, you can get your copy of ‘The Amazing Lost Man’ here:
Happy? I’m delighted to get my hands on Clive Oseman’s collection of poetry! Clive Oseman is a Swindon based Brummie poet who likes to mix serious and humorous work. He has been widely published in journals and anthologies worldwide. A poetry Rivals Finalist in 2014/15 (only a few months after his first open mic), and shortlisted for the final of the same competition at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015/16, he travels extensively around the UK to perform. A typical set takes the listener on a roller coaster of emotion, and “Happy” aims to do the same.
Inspired! Roy McFarlane, former Birmingham Poet Laureate, blew us away at the Worcestershire Litfest & Fringe Speakeasy, performing poetry from his book; ‘Beginning With Your Last Breath’.
Roy’s performance was intimate, interactive, and ingenious. His poetry… superb. ‘Beginning With Your Last Breath’, published by Nine Arches Press, is a tale told twice. First, through the pages of this brilliant poet, then remembered, igniting something I never imagined.
You can get your hands on ‘Beginning With Your Last Breath here: