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In Bath… Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders reading from A Part of the Main

Tuesday 12th February
7.30 for 8 pm

Toppings Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS

In the summer of 2016, Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders were exchanging poems in response to the upheavals of that year’s events, with the British referendum and the migration crisis in Europe. With an awareness of the deep history of these islands and a longing to get beyond soundbites and easy opinions, these poems wove themselves into A Part of the Main, an exploration of belonging and migration in an interconnected world.

Published by Mulfran Press, in a book handsomely designed by Valerie Coffin Price, this is poetry that invites you both to feel and think, and to join in the conversation.   Come and hear it in the book-lined intimacy of Toppings Bookshop, Bath.

In Cardiff… Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders read from A Part of the Main

Thursday 7th February
Chapter Arts Centre,
Market Road,

Sea-Fever: a collaboration

Here's a good record of a project with photographer Mike Perry and musician Pete Judge.


Mike’s images make an intriguing and unnerving formal beauty out of plastic detritus from the seashore. It "engages with significant and pressing environmental issues, in particular the tension between human activity and interventions in the natural environment, and the fragility of the planet’s ecosystems."

Sea-Fever took John Masefield's 1902 poem of that name – "I must go down to the seas again..." as its point of departure.

The exhibition took place in November-December 2016, De Queeste Art, Watou, Belgium, with contributions from Bruno Van Dijck, painter, Mike Perry, photographic artist, Philip Gross, poet, Pete Judge, musician and composer, and Jeroen Laureyns, art historian.