Sun 21 Jun | 2.30-3.30pm | £5 | Kendal Suite
Jonathan Davidson’s newly published collection, A Commonplace (Smith|Doorstop 2020), is unusual in containing not only his own work but also ‘guest poems’ by nearly a dozen other poets, including Mick North, Catherine Byron and Jackie Kay. The poems are linked with a commentary – the back-story to some of Jonathan’s own poems, tiny essays on why these ‘guest poems’ are so important to him, and a series of footnotes carrying useful and useless ephemera.
In this event, Jonathan will attempt to recreate the 98 page conversation that is A Commonplace. He will read a few of his own poems but will also invite the audience to hear these poems through their own voices. There will be some conversation about the importance of bricks and apples for contemporary poetry, and about memory loss and the English Revolution and Bertolt Brecht in Finland, and about how to write a collection that refuses to be a slim volume.
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