Poetry and Song in Plymtree: Brian Patten and Jim Causley, Saturday 22nd March, 7.30pm, Plymtree Parish Hall Café Theatre
Poetry and song in Plymtree
A double bill in Plymtree Parish Hall Café Theatre
This special event celebrates the work of two important poets. Brian Patten will read from his own work, spanning his life since the 1960s. The work of Cornish poet Charles Causley (1917-2003) will be read and sung by his relative Jim Causley
Brian Patten, a man who has spent a lifetime writing poetry for adults and children, from the 1960s era of beat poetry in swinging Liverpool to today where he lives and writes in South Devon. He joined fellow poets Adrian Henri and Roger McGough to produce the ground breaking anthology ‘The Mersey Sound’ in 1967, a poetry book that has never been out of print and has sold over half a million copies. In 2000 they were given the honour of Freedom of Liverpool. Brian read his poem ‘So many different lengths of time’ at the memorial to friend Adrian Henri in that year. Brian has edited Puffin books of poetry for children, and his own books of comic verse such as Gargling With Jelly remain popular with children today. He received early encouragement from Philip Larkin, and has read with notable poets such as Laurie Lee, Stevie Smith, Robert Lowell and Allan Ginsberg. English poet Charles Causley said of Brian’s work: ’these are undiluted poems, beautifully calculated, informed-even in their darkest moments-with courage and hope.’.
Jim Causley a young musician from Devon, and distant relative of one of England’s greatest poets of the 20th century Charles Causley, friend of Ted Hughes and Siegfried Sassoon. Charles was commended by Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin to succeed John Betjeman as poet laureate. In the end he was known as the ‘best poet laureate we never had.’
Jim is a fine baritone folk singer and accordion player in his own right– he is also a very engaging performer. His latest CD ‘Cyprus Well’ features the words of Charles Causley’s poems performed as folk songs. It was recorded in the house in Launceston where Charles Causley lived much of his life as a schoolteacher. Jim also returns to his home village of Whimple every year to lead the Wassail celebrations in local orchards.
Brian and Jim have never before performed together.
Plymtree Parish Hall Café Theatre
Saturday 22nd March 2014
7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) to 10.00pm
Tickets £7.50 Please reserve in advance Sue 01884 277973 or purchase in Plymtree Community Shop. BYO drinks and glasses. Hot pies and pasties available in the interval.
Peter Gimber and Sue Hopper
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