I'll be launching Tasting Notes in two very different sets of surroundings in the very near future.
First off, I'll be giving a reading from it at Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair this coming Saturday (8th September) at 11 a.m.. I'll be appearing alongside Marion Tracy, who'll also be launching her new HappenStance pamphlet, and you can see the whole programme of readings here. It looks like being a terrific day out for poetry lovers, especially once you see the extensive list of exhibiting publishers.
What makes this launch different is that there will be free Zaleo wine and Ibérico ham for anyone who comes along. I'll be carving the Ibérico ham myself, so it's sure to get rather messy! If you can't make it to the reading itself, we'll also be on the Happenstance stand all day afterwards with that ham and wine, plus a very special offer that should encourage you to buy lots of books from the best poetry pamphlet publisher in the whole wide world!
If the London launch is in a poetry-world setting with wine and ham alongside, the second launch of Tasting Notes is taking place in a wine-trade context with lots of poetry on top, all thanks to Emma and Ben, my partners and friends at Bat and Bottle wine merchants.The invite reads as follows:
"Ben and Emma Robson, partners of Bat and Bottle, cordially invite you to
An evening of wine, poetry and jamón ibérico de bellota, presented by the
poet and blender Matthew Stewart.
Uppingham Theatre, Stockerston Road, Uppingham LE15 9UD
Wednesday 3rd October 7:30pm
Tickets are £5 each and available online at batwine.co.uk search ‘Tasting
Notes’ or call 01572759735"
I do hope you can make it along to one of these launches. As you can see, they promise to be somewhat unusual!
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