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March 17, 2014

JOHN HEALY: FIRST PUBLIC READING IN ENGLAND in 20 YEARS

 

John Healy: "An ear, an eye and a voice that should be the envy of many weighty reputations." Daniel Day-Lewis

John Healy –  “An ear, an eye and a voice that should be the envy of many weighty reputations.” Daniel Day-Lewis

 

My Good Friend John Healy, the former wino and street thief who spent 15 years as a vagrant alcoholic on the streets of London before rising to become a chess master capable of playing several games simultaneously whilst wearing a blindfold – beating grand masters and writing his best selling, award winning autobiography, The Grass Arena  – is to give a reading on Thursday 20th March at the Swedenberg Society, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH. It is John’s first public reading in England in 20 years. Tickets are £7 and I guarantee will buy a totally unforgettable evening of delight.

ALSO READING are the poets Tom Leonard and Nicholas Johnson. Leonard’s poetry is visual, sonic and vital. His 1984 poetry collection Intimate Voices remained in print for almost twenty years through five print-runs and with three separate publishers. In 2010, it was supplanted by Outside The Narrative  (Poems 1965-2009), and in 2013, his collected prose writing was published as Definite Articles. His Places of the Mind: The Life and Work of James Thomson  (B.V.) remains the sole modern biography, with its epigraph from Swedenborg, of the poet of The City of Dreadful Night.

Nicholas Johnson grew up in Devon. His long poem And Stood Upon Red Earth All A Round  was 25 years in the making, part of which was filmed by Brian Catling as The Lard Book . Nicholas will also introduce the evening and chair the rare Q&A session with John Healy at the end.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: THE EVENT IS FROM 6.30 – 9.30pm TELL ALL YOU FRIENDS




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