Two upcoming readings

In the next few days, I’ll be taking part in two public events, at Nottingham Festival of Words, and at the London launch of a unique book of essays.


Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud, Nottingham Festival of Words, 12.15-1.15pm, Saturday 18 October

See also: Nottingham Festival of Words’ website, here.

Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012), edited by Jonathan Taylor, won the Saboteur Award for Best Fiction Anthology 2013. This is an opportunity to hear three of the stories from the anthology – all of which are intended to be told, not just to be read. The readers are: David Belbin, Claire Baldwin, Jonathan Taylor.


Launch of Poetry in the Blood, Tuesday 21 October, 8-9.30pm in King’s College, London

See also event information here.

Poetry in the Blood, a specially-commissioned and unusual volume to celebrate the 20th anniversary of John Lucas’s Shoestring Press, edited by Tony Roberts, poses one question to more than a score of practising poets: ‘What poetry have you carried with you for so long that it has entered your bloodstream?’

The result has been essay-length answers on the work of such poets as Yeats, Rilke, Auden, Thomas, Lawrence, Lowell, Murray, MacNeice, Stevenson, Doty and Burnside. Some illustrate the extent to which poetry influences our way of seeing the world; others reveal how poetry inspires us to be creative. All testify to the power of the poem.

This book launch presents an opportunity to hear some of the twenty-one poets who have each contributed an essay and a poem to Poetry in the Blood. The evening will feature readings by a number of the book’s contributors, and signed copies of the book will also be available for purchase.

The volume includes essays and poems by:

Clare Brant, Nadine Brummer, Jim Burns, Roger Caldwell, John Greening, Richard Kell, Angela Leighton, John Lucas, Alexis Lykiard, Paul McLoughlin, Christine McNeill,   Helena Nelson,  Tony Roberts, Lawrence Sail, Andrew Sant, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Waters, John Weston, John Hartley Williams, Merryn Williams, Gregory Woods.

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Dr. Jonathan Taylor is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. His books include the memoir "Take Me Home" (Granta, 2007), and the novels "Melissa" (Salt, 2015) and "Entertaining Strangers" (Salt, 2012).

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