I’m reading at two events in the next couple of weeks. Details below:
Writers in the Bath, The Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria Street, Sheffield, S3 7QL, Tuesday 8th November, 7.30 pm onwards. Entry £4.
Chris Jones is a writer and teacher who has lived in Sheffield for over twenty five years. His poetry books include Hard on the Knuckle, The Safe House, Jigs and Reels, and Skin, published by Longbarrow Press in 2015. He has worked with artists and writers on a wide variety of collaborations and residencies. One of his most recent projects is The Rose of Temperaments – where he has been meditating on what colour means with a group of poets, artists and scientists for The Festival of Mind 2016 (www.poetryandcolour,com). He teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University.
Dorothy Yamamoto grew up in north London, where her Japanese father and English mother settled after the war. That divided background is the source of many of her poems. She now lives in Oxford, and writes non-fiction books about animals as well as poetry. Her collection, Landscape with a Hundred Bridges, came out after she won the 2007 Blinking Eye competition, judged by Don Paterson.
Then I’m reading at ‘Spoken Word in the Turret House’, `Sheffield Manor Lodge, S2 1UL. from 2pm – 3pm on Saturday 19th November. £3 adults.
I will concentrate on histories – my own story as a writer, a little bit on the history of Sheffield (using the River Don as the centre-point for this exploration), and a wider sense of English history through my interest in Pre-Reformation wall art and its destruction. I will read the sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’ that concentrates on iconoclasm in seventeenth century England as part of the performance.