The Bluecoat: Talking Poetry

Thursday 9 January

18.00 20.00

The Bluecoat is pleased to start the New Year with the first monthly Talking Poetry of 2014.

Introduced by Alex Scott-Samuel of Liverpool Poetry Café, the Bluecoat’s Bryan Biggs and Dave Ward from Windows, these free gatherings provide an opportunity to listen to and discuss an eclectic mix of archival poetry recordings.

Over the past year the series has included recordings on vinyl, audiotape, CD and downloads: poets reading their own poetry, poets reading other poet’s work,  actors reading well-known poems, poetry set to music, poems read in translation.

From scratchy waxings made at the birth of recording technology, to downloads of recent recordings, the listening experience at Talking Poetry has been fascinating.

We have heard everything, from W.B. Yeats reciting Innisfree for a 1930s radio broadcast, Ezra Pound accompanying himself with a kettle drum, and Edith Sitwell’s remarkable recitations, to proto hip-hop from The Last Poets, distinctive contemporary voices such as Marilyn Hackerand Paul Muldoon, and Richard Burton’s rendition of Under Milk Wood remixed as a dub reggae 45.

There has been an episode of radio show Hancock’s Half Hour, filmed extracts from the Wholly Communion international beat poetry gathering at the Royal Albert Hall from 1965, and Seamus Heaney’s earliest known recordings.

Talking Poetry events are always lively and informal, with participants being encouraged to bring along their own favourite recordings.

So please join us to listen to some of the great poetic voices, from Sylvia Plath to Lynton Kwesi Johnson, Elizabeth Jennings to Lord Buckley, Jackie Kay to Adrian Mitchell, as well as obscure gems.

The event is free and you can reserve a ticket from Tickets & Information at the Bluecoat (0151 702 5324).

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