Hardy Today: Brian Patten - Paying Calls

Brian (who went to tea with Robert Graves who went to tea with Thomas Hardy) takes us on a hilarious, sometimes dark, sometimes heart-rending and always fascinating journey through a chaotic boyhood, a love-struck adolescent, a  disrespectful middle-age, and to the time in life when, in Hardy’s words, one starts Paying Calls…  New poems and old favourites guaranteed.

Brian Patten was born in 1946 in Liverpool. He left school at fifteen, and  at sixteen he edited and produced the magazine underdog in which many of the iconic poems in Penguin Modern Classic’s ground breaking anthology, The Mersey Sound, first appeared. An accomplished  performer, his mixture of humour and seriousness make for a varied and fascinating evening. His many books include  Selected Poems (Penguin) and The Collected Love Poems Harper Perennial). His latest collection (June, 2018) is The Book of Upside Down Thinking, a beautifully designed gift book of verse based on 10th century sufi stories.  He has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Brian will perform and discuss his fondness for Thomas Hardy in conversation with Dr Tony Fincham, acting President of the Thomas Hardy Society

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Listing Details

Thursday 18th October 6.30pm

Venue

TBC

Ticket Prices

Adults: £10.00

Booking

Tickets will be on sale in August.

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I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating. 

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All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.

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