Friday, 29 December 2017

Reading in Shrewsbury

I'll be kicking off 2018 with a return to Shrewsbury (must have done something right last time if they're inviting me back!), this time to read from my first full collection, The Knives of Villalejo.

Emma Purhouse and I will be the guest poets at Shrewsbury Poetry on 4th January at The Old Market Hall. Events will begin around 8 p.m. with the chance for a chat and drinks before the readings themselves start at 8.30 p.m.. I'm very grateful to Liz Lefroy for organising and I'm looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces as well as some new ones.

This is an especially significant reading for me, as it's the first time I'll be able to take David, my son, along with me. He's usually left behind at school back in Spain when I give my readings in the U.K, but Christmas holidays don't come to an end in Spain till after Epiphany, so he'll have the chance to see his Dad in action at last. Gulp...


  1. "significant reading" - My wife was in the audience at my book launch. I think it helped her realize that it wasn't just a game. When more recently I took a son to the launch of an anthology I was in, I mentioned in my intro that he was there, and more people approached him in the interval than me.
    But the thing that throws me is seeing a surprize face in the audience, someone I know only in a non-writing context.
    Anyway, hope the reading went well. I'm sure it did.

    1. Hi Tim,

      Yes, that sounds familiar. David got far more attention than I did! Moreover, as you say, it made my poetry come alive for him. All in all, an excellent experience.