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
Thursday 18th October 6.30pm