I am reading with Angela Topping and JT Welsch, also in the Salt Modern voices series, in Northwich on Wednesday, at BLAZE, organised by Angela. I’m very much looking forward to it. I’ll be there all evening, including attending Angela’s workshop, trains willing. As its near Valentines day she’s suggested a “love” theme. I’ll have to see what I Can do!
VENUE:The Red Lion Hartford 277 Chester Road, Hartford Northwich Cheshire CW8 1QL 01606 74597
DATE: Wednesday, February 16 · 6:00pm – 9:30pm
A new DAN venture. Pub is between Greenbank station and Hartford station easy walk from both and ample parking.
Evening will start a 6 with a workshop led by Angela Topping £5 on door.
Tea break 7-8 then open floor 8- 9.30 poetry, prose, standup comedy and acoustic music. £4/£3.
January’s guests are Adrian Slatcher and JT Welsch.
Resident poet is Angela Topping. Angela will be launching her Salt chapbook and Adrian and JT will be reading from their Salt chapbooks.
Come to either or both parts of the evening and enjoy a pub tea from the £5.50 menu. Arrive before 6 if you can to allow time for ordering meal and getting a drink.
Chris McCabe is a contemporary British poet who has published two excellent collections from Salt, “The Hutton Inquiry” and “Zeppelins.” I first read Chris’s work when I was editor of Lamport Court Magazine, and he knew my co-editors. He became one of regular contributors, and his poetry was clearly both new and exciting. Some of those poems we published including “A Taste of Verdigris” found their way into “The Hutton Report”. As that title makes clear, Chris’s work is unusual in contemporary poetry in being explicitly political, though his methods, which are more abstract, stop any didactical writing. Reading Chris is like being flung into the inner-workings of the “machine” that is 20th century Britain, and hearing the language that sparks between the cogs. A great supporter of small presses and other poets through his work for the Poetry Library, he continues to publish offline and online, and was included in Roddy Lumsden’s recent “Identity Parade”. Lamport Court published a number of writers who have since gone on to be published elsewhere and I like to think the magazine provided an outlet for interesting work, when there weren’t that many around.
Buy The Hutton Inquiry
Buy Identity Parade
Read Lamport Court online
Chris McCabe reading at The Other Room