As always, Graham delivered something that is so much more than a lecture. The audience was spellbound listening to how Thomas’ tormented life unfolded, and how he blossomed out of ‘melancholia’ once he allowed himself to be uncompromisingly a poet. So sad and such a terrible waste then that he should be killed in April 1917 just before the ‘real action’ started on the battlefield…
Another unforgettable evening. Watch this space for an autumn lecture/performance!
March 29, 2017
Launch of Anjana Chowdhury’s debut novel
It was full house at West Greenwich Library on March 28th for the launch of Under the Pipal Tree by Anjana Chowdhury.
Evocative is the first word that springs to mind to describe this remarkable debut novel, published by the independent, ever-innovative Cinnamon Press. Jan Fortune of Cinnamon Press introduced Anjana and the book, and then the author introduced and read three extracts, and explained how the book grew almost of its own accord, lead by its characters. The interlinking stories of the three women protagonists, narrated along different timelines, is intense and psychologically complex, so ‘evocative’ is a rather reductionist description of the book. Buy it (from Cinnamon Press or Amazon), read it and you will find many more adjectives to add to it.
March 9, 2017
Four Poets at West Greenwich Library
On Tuesday, March 7th, we were delighted, moved and entertained by Frances Spurrier, James Flynn, Mel Pryor and Michael Loveday (left to right in the photograph), who read from their published collections and their latest, as yet unpublished, writings. As a group they were beautifully balanced with their different voices complementing one another giving us humour, pathos, politics, memories and strong images. All even more evident in their final salvo, when they read one poem each, without introduction, on the theme of ‘chaos’.
Many thanks to them and to everyone who attended.
February 9, 2017
Cinnamon Press Book Launch
Jan Fortune and Adam Craig of Cinnamon Press launched their latest works of fiction at the wonderful West Greenwich Library. Jan’s This is the End of the Story is about friendship, identity, power and the search for resolution (the end of the story?) in a book constructed in a non-linear way and yet totally easy to get into and follow, and in fact a real page turner – I can vouch for that! Jan read two excerpts beautifully and had everyone on the edge of their seats, because there is also a dark element to the story.
Adam read one of the short stories from his collection High City Walk. It is about art as alchemy, and it is steeped in European literary tradition. Other stories are much more rooted in Britain and the British tradition, but never pedestrian and always surprising and exquisitely crafted.
The Library is now stocking both books, or you can buy them via the Cinnamon Press website.
January 12, 2017
Graham Fawcett’s lecture/performance on Byron
At the Prince of Greenwich, January 10
January 6, 2017
Here’s to 2017
Well, the Winter Holidays are officially coming to an end today, the sun is sort of shining and the snowdrops and crocuses will soon be out. Having given up the ‘get fitter, lose weight, enrol in some amazing course’ resolutions years ago, my one resolution is realistic: to make 2017 a creatively fulfilling year, working with amazing people (you!) and honing my own writing before perhaps going public with it..
If you have ideas or even a space you’d like to use through in-words.co.uk try me! And above all, please continue to support the writers and poets who come in front of us with so much skill, creativity, humanity and courage.
December 18, 2016
One door closes and another one opens….
Sad as I am to say goodbye to Made in Greenwich, I’m looking forward to new events, different venues and initiatives, and a continuing relationship with all the wonderful people I met at the gallery.
Please keep in touch via email@example.com
Invitations will continue to come from my personal email address, at least for the time being, in case they end up in trash!
I’m always happy to hear about and discuss possible themes, ideas etc.
In the meantime, I wish everyone a happy holiday time and a serene, creative and healthy 2017.
Tuesday June 6 at 7.30
“Not the General Election”
An evening of fun and grumbles with poetry and prose (and maybe even music) about politics, democracy (or lack of), elections and power. Open mic and longer readings by local poets and writers, and contributions by others, remote in time or place.
Free to all (donations for refreshments welcome).
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to read. No need to book otherwise, though it is always good to have an idea of numbers, in order to provide enough chairs and drinks!