|A bohemian resident of Mercia, perishing for want of a poetry gig to attend|
Poetry readings in the Midlands behave a little like buses anywhere else but the Midlands (we have a pretty good public transport service round these parts, for the majority of the time): you wait forever for one to come along, and then six arrive en masse. In an act that may signal the beginning of some kind of Bernstein-esque back-alley turf war with Birmingham Literature Festival and Wawick Words, Kenilworth's inaugural Arts Festival kicks off next week on the 12th of September, running until the 18th of the month. There are some interesting events lined up, including various gigs, workshops and talks, but what stood out for me was the all-star poetry line-up curated by David Morley on Friday 16th September at 7.30 in the Talisman theatre: a versificatory carnival including Sarah Howe, Jo Bell, Claire Trevien, Jonathan Edwards and promising newcomer Lucas Cunard. Well-worth a handful of your rapidly devaluating pounds, I reckon.