Sunday, November 28, 2010

Reading Reminder

Brr, it's cold here this afternoon. To add to the state of our nation, in these hangdog days, it's snowing quite hard outside - and it's sticking. The papers are full of 'nuclear winter' analogies about the way things are going in Ireland, while everyone is pretty sick of the misery, doom and gloom on all media outlets. 50, 000 protested in Dublin yesterday to show their annoyance. I'm trying to tell myself that the wintry scenes outside look pretty, but you know how it is.

Anyhoo, a little reminder of Wednesday's impending reading. If you're thinking of going, be sure and book a place, so you can be sure of a seat!

Oxfam Christmas Poetry Night
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
7.30 pm

Oxfam Books and Music Shop
91 Marylebone High Street, London W1
near Baker Street tube.

The Oxfam Poetry Reading in Marylebone series ends its 7th year of events on
a high note with six guest poets - including two coming especially from
Scotland for the occasion - TS Eliot Prize winning Bloodaxe poet Jen
Hadfield and Picador poet John Glenday whose recent collection Grain has
been shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work In Poetry.

This internationally-minded series will also be featuring a poet from
Ireland (Barbara Smith), reading on her birthday, two prize-winning American
poets, Dante Micheaux and Michelle Boisseau and England's own Sheila
Hillier, whose recent collection was shortlisted for this year's Aldeburgh

The host for the evening will be Todd Swift.

The event is supported by Kingston University. Tickets are £5 / £3
concession (students) in advance or at the door (if seats remain). Do call
or email the shop to buy or book tickets:

Telephone : 020 7487 3570.


Now, all I have to worry about is whether the weather be cold or not, making sure I get there!


Michael Farry said...

Good Luck Barbara!


Good luck B. I was at the march - more like 100,000 in attendance. Great and important day.

Titus said...

Oh, have a super-duper time! I saw Jen Hadfield a couple of weeks ago - very intense.

50,000 is some protest. Especially in this weather.

Titus said...

Oh, just read the above. Some some protest.

BarbaraS said...

Thanks Michael!

Jaki, I wonder did the guards and media fib about the numbers...? Good for you for going - a very important day.

T, thanks - we're getting our wee moments in the sun lately -reading and protest-wise|!


Depends on which media you read or tune into, Barbara. Those groups who want to play it down for whatever self-interested reason (state funding, pals in government etc etc) will naturally say far less attended the march than those who have no agenda. Happens all the time with protests. Fintan O’Toole (who gave some great speeches) was told by the Guards on the day that over 100,000 had amassed. Yet quite a few reports have given half this figure.

Note the Guardian’s numbers for the day:

O’Connell Street was full as was Talbot Street and loads of side-streets. It was a completely heartening sight.

Have a great time in London, and if you’ve any time at all for theatre, I highly recommend the National’s Hamlet. Rory Kinnear is a revelation as the man himself. Happy birthday too, fellow Sadge.



Hope your flight gets away timely, B. Have fun!
N x