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Performance

BEWDLEY BOOK WEEK

Bewdley Book Week

Saturday, 09 Sep 2017: 7.30pm

St. George's Hall, Off Load Street
Brian reads from new work and reflects on his career, with special emphasis on
The Mersey Sound, the ground breaking collection he published with Roger McGough and Adrian Henri that’s now a Penguin Modern Classic celebrating its 50th anniversary.

HULL Larkin Reflections 
UK City of Culture 2017

Sunday October 1st

BRIAN PATTEN, ROGER McGOUGH & LiTTLe MACHiNe
‘Wit, Wisdom and Verbal Gymnastics’
50th Anniversary of The Mersey Sound
Middleton Hall, University Of Hull,
Cottingham Rd,
Hull HU6 7RX. 
More details to follow
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Performance Information

 

Below are some descriptions of the kinds of readings Brian offers. None are set in stone, and can be adapted to suit the event.


Poetry Readings for Adults

The Ghosts On the Wall

'A magic ability to turn radiant imagination loose' The Times

Using the posters and handwritten manuscripts on the walls of his study, Brian explores his past and its many ghosts. He reads from his new and earlier work and includes poems by some of the great figures with whom he has read - from Robert Graves and Pablo Neruda, to Laurie Lee, Allen Ginsberg & Charles Causley  -  and talks about their influences on him as a young writer making his way.

Brian Patten has read alongside such figures as Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsberg, Stevie Smith and Robert Lowell.  His mix of serious and humorous work make him hard to equal in performance. With a reputation enhanced by each of his collections, and now translations into Italian, Spanish German & Polish, he is acknowledged as one of Europe's foremost poets.

 

Love & Other Follies
Brian Patten reads from his Collected Love Poems published by Harper Perennial

 

Growing Up Before Your Very Eyes

'Humour, sincerity, sheer brilliance - not to be missed'
The Scotsman


From first to second childhood and back again, with a little chaos and much humour on the way! Using a huge variety of his work, Liverpool poet Brian Patten takes us on a hilarious, sometimes dark, sometimes heart-rending and always fascinating journey through a chaotic boyhood, a love-struck adolescence and a disrespectful middle-age, to leave us teetering on the brink of yet another childhood. Book-signing after the show.


PS:  Why not combine a morning or afternoon Schools/ Family show with an evening performance for adults!

 

Show for children and parents


“Children will love it” Junior Education

See the Invisible Man’s invisible dog! Turn the family unit into jelly! Fly off with your mother’s ear-wings! Brian Patten brings his infamous collections of hilarious, lyrical and outrageous poems to life in this hour long extravaganza of verse and worse. Meet the author of children’s cult classics Gargling with Jelly, Thawing Frozen Frogs and Juggling With Gerbils. With book signing and Q & A after the show. Suitable for 6-11 year olds and can be adapted to create an inclusive show for all the family. Perfect daytime show for festival events!’


 

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