The Telltale tour rolls on. This week in the very smart interior of The Cameron Gallery in Hove. Some gorgeous visual art in there, and well worth a visit. Joining Robin Houghton and I this week were Catherine Smith, and John McCullough.
Despite me having to borrow Nick’s glasses having left my at home, I felt less nervy and was able to thoroughly enjoy Catherine, John and Robin’s readings – three poets at the top of their game. Listening properly I had a different view of Catherine’s work after this reading, and one poem’s imagery of sewing people’s lips up has unnerved me for days afterwards. John’s work on first encounter was scintillating. A poem about Tintin in Brighton could have been custom written for my mate Anton, who came to his first ever poetry reading having steadily ridiculed poetry for the two decades we’ve been friends. He came away curiously converted.
Robin and I are also hugely grateful to our respective partners Nick and Lorraine for being behind the scenes stalwarts. Next stop: London’s Poetry Cafe on Wednesday 1st October at 7:30. Can’t wait.
Below slightly weird light/colour conditions in the gallery for iPhone snaps. But below, Catherine Smith, Robin Houghton, John McCullough and I.